Guide to the Athenian Literary Society Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Athenian Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)
Title: Athenian Literary Society Records
Dates: 1892-1895 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 microfilm reel
Collection Number: RG 061
Summary: The Athenian Literary Society Records consist of minutes of the society's meetings. The Athenian Literary Society was established for preparatory students at Oregon Agricultural College in 1892.
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. 

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

The Athenian Literary Society Records consist of meeting minutes that document attendance and programs and activities of the society.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Athenian Literary Society Records (RG 061), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

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).


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College. Preparatory Dept.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Literature--Societies, etc.
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.

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