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Websterian Literary Society Records, 1892-1894

Collection Overview

Title: Websterian Literary Society Records, 1892-1894

ID: RG 047

Primary Creator: Websterian Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)

Extent: 0.1 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The records of the Websterian Literary Society are organized into three series: I. Membership Lists; II. Constitution and By-laws; and III. Minutes.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Websterian Literary Society Records document the activities of this co-educational organization for Oregon Agricultural College students.

Scope and Content Notes

The records pertain to the organization, administration, and activities of the society. Several membership lists are included throughout the records.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Websterian Literary Society was organized in October 1892, one of two societies created at the time (the other being the Ciceronian Literary Society) through a plan conceived by the college's president, John Bloss. It was a coeducational society that met bi-weekly with programs that included instrumental and vocal music, readings, declamations, and debates. The society initially had two chapters, and later added a third as membership increased. The Websterians probably disbanded in 1895 or 1896 when several new literary societies were formed.

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), 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).

A photograph of the Websterian Literary Society can be found in the OSU Historical Photographs (P 025).

Preferred Citation: Websterian Literary Society Records (RG 047), Oregon State Univerity Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Websterian Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)

People, Places, and Topics

Literature--Societies, etc.--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Websterian Literary Society (Oregon Agricultural College)

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