Guide to the Adelphian Literary Society Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Adelphian Literary Society (Oregon State University)
Title: Adelphian Literary Society Records
Dates: 1882-1891 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.3 cubic feet
1 microfilm reel
Collection Number: RG 048
Summary: The Adelphian Literary Society Records document the first literary society at Corvallis College (now Oregon State University).
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 Adelphian Literary Society, which began around 1882, was likely the first literary society at the Corvallis College and State Agricultural College. Unlike many later societies, it was open to both men and women. It disbanded in 1889 and transferred its library to the college.

Content Description

Materials relate to the organization and activities of the society. The trust agreement pertains to the society's dissolution in 1889 and the transfer of its library to the college. All records are in both paper and microfilm formats.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Adelphian Literary Society Records (RG 48), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into three series: 1. Meeting Minutes, 1884-1889; 2. Financial Records, 1882-1889; and 3. Trust Agreement and related documents, 1889-1891. The series are arranged chronologically.

Related Materials :  

Records of other literary societies include the Amicitia (RG 38), Feronian (RG 42), Sorosis (RG 46), Websterian (RG 47), Athenian (RG 61), Hesperian (RG 65), Jeffersonian (RG 67), and Zetagathean (RG 68). Several photographs of various literary societies are location in Harriet's Photograph Collection. Additional materials can be found in MC - Literary Societies.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Adelphian Literary Society (Oregon State University)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Literature--Societies, etc.--Oregon--Corvallis.

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