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Written in 1899, this is the petition of the John W. Foster Law Club of Indiana University to the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity for a charter membership into the organization. The following year marked the establishment of Phi Delta Phi at Indiana University.
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Club, John W. Foster Law, "Petition of the John W. Foster Law Club of Indiana University for a Charter from Phi Delta Phi" (1899). Historic Documents. 2.