The Athenian Literary Society was established in 1892 as one of two societies for students in the Preparatory Department as preparation for public speaking. It was a co-educational society that met regularly for programs of readings, recitations, essays, and debates. The Preparatory Department offered a one-year course of study for students at least 15 years of age from small Oregon communities to prepare for admission to the college.
The Athenian Literary Society Records consist of meeting minutes that document attendance and programs and activities of the society.
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.Preferred Citation :
Athenian Literary Society Records (RG 061), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Information :
The records were acquired in the early-mid 1960s and microfilmed in 1967.Related Materials :
The Archives collections include the records of several other literary societies, including the Adelphian, Amicitia, Feronian, Jeffersonian, Hesperian Lyceum, Sorosis, Websterian, and Zetagathean Literary Societies. Additional materials pertaining to the literary societies are available in the Memorabilia Collection (MC-Literary Societies); information about debating and forensics is also available in the Memorabilia Collection and the Speech Communication Department Records (RG 181).