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Amicitia Literary Society Records, 1895-1911

Collection Overview

Title: Amicitia Literary Society Records, 1895-1911

ID: RG 038

Primary Creator: Amicitia Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet. More info below.

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

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Amicitia Literary Society Records document the organization and activities of this organization for male students at Oregon Agricultural College.

Scope and Content Notes

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

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.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 4 volumes; 1 microfilm reel

Related Materials:

Records of other literary societies include the Feronian Literary Society and Mask and Dagger Club Records (RG 042), Sorosis Literary Society Records (RG 046), Websterian Literary Society Records (RG 047), Adelphian Literary Society Records (RG 048), Athenian Literary Society Records (RG 061), Hesperian Lyceum Records (RG 065), and Jeffersonian Literary Society Records (RG 067). Several photographs of various literary societies are located in Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC). Additional materials can be found in the Memorabilia Collection's (MSS MC) Literary Societies file.

Information about debating and forensics is also available in the Memorabilia Collection and the Speech Communication Department Records (RG 181).

Preferred Citation: Amicitia Literary Society Records (RG 038), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Amicitia Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)

People, Places, and Topics

Amicitia Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)
Literature--Societies, etc.--Oregon--Corvallis.
Men--Oregon--Corvallis--Societies and clubs.
Student housing--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

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