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Adelphian Literary Society Records, 1882-1891

Collection Overview

Title: Adelphian Literary Society Records, 1882-1891

ID: RG 048

Primary Creator: Adelphian Literary Society (Oregon State University)

Extent: 0.4 cubic feet. More info below.

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.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Adelphian Literary Society Records document the first literary society at Corvallis College (now Oregon State University).

Scope and Content Notes

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.

An addition to the Adelphian Literary Society Records (Accession 2007:057) consists of a statement issued by the Adelphian Literary Society proclaiming the dedication of an unidentified hall on January 6 1882. Measuring 16x20 inches and made of a heavy, vellum-like paper stock mounted to wood, the handwritten statement lists the officers, active members, and honorary members of the Adelphian Literary Society.

Biographical / Historical Notes

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.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 microfilm reel

Related Materials: Records of other literary societies include the Amicitia Literary Society Records (RG 038), Feronian Literary Society and Mask and Dagger Club Records (RG 042), Sorosis Literary Society Records (RG 046), Websterian Literary Society Records (RG 047), 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.

Preferred Citation: Adelphian Literary Society Records (RG 48), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Adelphian Literary Society (Oregon State University)

People, Places, and Topics

Adelphian Literary Society (Oregon State University)
Literature--Societies, etc.--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

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