Guide to the Amicitia Literary Society Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Amicitia Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)
Title: Amicitia Literary Society Records
Dates: 1895-1911 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft. (4 volumes)
1 microfilm reel
Collection Number: RG 038
Summary: The Amicitia Literary Society Records document the organization and activities of this organization for male students at Oregon Agricultural College.
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 Amicitia Literary Society was founded on November 18, 1895 as an organization for male students. Its motto was "Friendship" and its colors were cream and blue. The society's public programs included short plays and skits, declamation, pantomime, debate, recitation of essays, and musical performances. The society participated in contests with other college literary societies and often placed highly in state and local oratorical contests. In 1900, the society became the first men's club to live together in a house, the forerunner of OAC's fraternities. Records indicate that the society became inactive or dissolved about 1912.

Content Description

The materials in the collection pertain to the organization, administration, and activities of the society. All records are in both paper and microfilm formats.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Amicitia Literary Society Records (RG 38), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The records are organized into three series: I. Minutes; II. Constitution and membership; and III. Programs. Each series is arranged chronologically.

Related Materials :  

The records of other literary societies are available as other record groups. The Memorabilia Collection also includes materials pertaining to the literary societies.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Amicitia Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Literature--Oregon--Corvallis--Societies, etc.
  • Men--Oregon--Corvallis--Societies and clubs.
  • Student housing--Oregon--Corvallis.

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