Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Owen Wister Literary Society (OWLS) Undergraduate and Alumnae Records, 1927-2010 UA 059



creator Rice University. Owen Wister Literary Society
Title: Owen Wister Literary Society (OWLS) Undergraduate and Alumnae records
Dates: 1927-2010
Abstract: The collection consists of scrapbooks, minute books, financial records, and other materials relating to the founding and operation of both the Owen Wister Literary Society (OWLS) undergraduate group and the alumnae group, 1927-2002. OWLS was founded in 1924.
Identification: UA 059
Quantity: 10.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 5 scrapbook boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

The Owen Wister Literary Society (OWLS) was founded by Adele Roensch in 1924. It was named after Owen Wister, an American writer famous for his novel The Virginian. The purpose of the organization was to further cultural and social interests on the Rice campus and to promote friendship, understanding, and fellowship among its members. Since 1924 a parallel society, consisting of OWLS alumnae, had been founded and its records are also included.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of scrapbooks, minute books, financial records, and other materials relating to the founding and operation of both the OWLS undergraduate group and the OWLS alumnae group.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained through the Woodson Research Center, woodson@rice.edu


Index Terms

Literature and society -- United States
financial records
scrapbooks
constitutions
directories
Literature -- Societies, etc.
corrrespondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Owen Wister Literary Society Undergraduate and Alumnae Records, 1927-2002, UA 059, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquistion Information

Gifts of various donors and past OWLS members, 1985-2004.


General

Portions of this collection are available online at https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/61405.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: OWLS administrative files, 1927-2002

Box Folder
1 1 History
2 Constitutions
3 Membership lists, 1962-1972
4 OWLS song book
5 Correspondence, 1940s-1973
6 Correspondence, 1980s
7 Dues Paid ledgers:1964/75, 1983/84
8 Financial ledgers: 1963-64, 1965-66, 1967-68
9 Financial Reports: 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65
10 Financial Reports: 1992-95, 1997-98, 2002
11 News clippings, 1927-92, n.d., current
12 Scripts for 2 skits, n.d.
13 Lit Luncheon, 1990-1996
14 Photos
15 Party invitations
16 Meeting notices
17 Questionnaires
18 Welcome letters
19 Ephemera
Box
2 President’s notebooks: 1941/42-49/50, 1949/50-65/66
Minutes books: 1942-58, 1949-64, 1964-77, 1981-89, 1989-94, 1993-98
Box
3 Alumnae Directories, 1940s-2000s
Meeting, minutes, memories notebooks
Box
9 1988-89, 1999-2000, 2000-01
2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04
2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07
2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10



Series II: Scrapbooks

Box
4 1927-53; 1931-36; 1938; 1941/42-42/43
Box
5 1943-44; 1944-45; 1947-48
Box
6 1946-47; 1953-55
Box
7 1948-49; 1949-50; 1950-52; 1955-56; 1962-63
Box
8 1975-89; 1989



Series III: Alumnae binders, 1998-2007

Box
9 Binder 1998-2003
Binder 2003-2009