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Literary Societies records STO.0042.001

Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism
11 E. Larabee Street
Greencastle, IN
765-658-4406
archives@depauw.edu

4/12/2017



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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-06-16T14:50-0400
Language: Description is in English.

Repository: Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism
creatorDePauw University. Literary Societies.
Title: Literary societies records
Dates: 1837-1940
Quantity: 0.43 Cubic feet, 1 document case, 3 volumes
Identification: STO.0042.001
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Collection Statement

Programs, membership, certificates, catalogs, letters and reports of the literary societies at Indiana Asbury University and DePauw University including the Adelphian, Atlantisa, Cliosophian, Philomathean, Philological, Philosonian, Platonean and Theosophian societies.


Historical Sketch

As in other colleges of the time, the literary societies provided a chief extracurricular outlet for student energies. The first was the Platonean Literary Society, formed in June 1838 under the direction of Professor Cyrus Nutt. Two years later, on President Simpson's advice, it split into two groups, the second taking the name first of the Ciceronian, and finally, the Philological Literary Society. Plato and Philo, as they were generally known, persisted throughout the Asbury period, each with a membership of from 50 to 100 students. After women entered the university in 1867, they formed their own literary society called the Philomathean, and the preparatory department at times had its own, less well developed, society. Most students were to join one or the other of the societies, which were highly competitive but not as exclusive as social fraternities became in later years. [from Clifton Phillips and John Baughman, DePauw A Pictorial History, 1987]


DePauw University. Literary Societies.
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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright interests for this collection are held by DePauw University.


Related Material

John Laverty's Philological Ribbon,1843. Oversize drawer 6, Item 22.


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