Guide to the Websterian Literary Society Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Websterian Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)
Title: Websterian Literary Society Records
Dates: 1892-1894 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.10 cubic ft.
1 microfilm reel
Collection Number: RG 047
Summary: The Websterian Literary Society Records document the activities of this co-educational organization for Oregon Agricultural College students.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The Websterian Literary Society was organized in October 1892, one of two societies created at the time (the other being the Ciceronian Literary Society) through a plan conceived by the college's president, John Bloss. It was a coeducational society that met bi-weekly with programs that included instrumental and vocal music, readings, declamations, and debates. The society initially had two chapters, and later added a third as membership increased. The Websterians probably disbanded in 1895 or 1896 when several new literary societies were formed.

Content Description

The records pertain to the organization, administration, and activities of the society. Several membership lists are included throughout the records.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Websterian Literary Society Records (RG 47), Oregon State Univerity Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The records of the Websterian Literary Society are organized into three series: I. Membership Lists; II. Constitution and By-laws; and III. Minutes.

Related Materials :  

The records of other Literary Societies are available as other record groups. A photograph of the Websterian Literary Society can be found in the OSU Historical Photographic Collection. Photos of other societies are located in Harriet's Collection and other collections.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Websterian Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Literature--Oregon--Corvallis--Societies, etc.

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