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Lester Earnest Papers, 1925-1954 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Lester Earnest Papers, 1925-1954Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Earnest, Lester (1906-2001)

Extent: 0.63 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 03/06/2008

Forms of Material: Personal Papers, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lester Earnest papers document the fraternal organization Phi Lamba Xi, of which earnest was a member during his time at San Diego state.  Highlights include the fraternity's newsletter, a group photograph, and the spring 1954 handbook of the Delta Xi chapter of Sigma Chi. The collection consists of meeting minutes, newsletters, rosters, a handbook, a photograph and some negatives. It dates from 1925 to 1954, and materials are filed chronologically.

Biographical Note

Lester Earnest, born in 1906, attended San Diego State College from 1925 to 1928.  In 1925 Earnest, with William Copeland, Francis Knapp, Wright McConnell, Paul Pfaff, Ed Randel, Ralph Small, and Gerald Thomas, founded Phi Lambda Xi, a fraternal organization for those students who did not wish to belong to any existing athletic or social fraternities.  As a founding member Earnest remained active with the fraternity for many years after graduation.  Phi Lambda Xi reorganized after World War II, and joined Sigma Chi in 1949 as the Delta Xi Chapter.  Sigma Chi is still an active fraternity on campus.

After graduation from State, Earnest went on to a long and successful career with the City of San Diego. He served the city for 23 years as the director of parks and recreation, budget director, and assistant to the city manager.  Earnest and his wife Susan, San Diego State alumni and professor of Speech pathology at State for 26 years, met on campus as students in 1925.  He passed away February 27, 2001 of complications as a result of several strokes.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Related Materials: Susan Earnest Papers For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Lester Earnest Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Delta Xi of Sigma Chi Record Book, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Delta Xi of Sigma Chi Record Book, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Delta Xi of Sigma Chi Record Book, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Delta Xi of Sigma Chi Record Book, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meeting Minutes, November 16, 1925 - June 11, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meeting Minutes, November 16, 1925 - June 11, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Meeting Minutes, July 2, 1929 - January 4, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Meeting Minutes, June 5, 1932 - December 26, 1933Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meeting Minutes, October 22, 1934 - December 1, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meeting Minutes, September 21, 1944 - September 2, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Name Badge, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 4: NegativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Phi Lambda Xi Member Directory, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Phi Lambda Xi Newsletter, December 1944 - January 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Roster of Members, 1925-1948Add to your cart.

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