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.
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.
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