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A Guide to the UT Athenaeum Literary Society Records, 1883-1903, 1927-1937
The Athenaeum Literary Society at the University of Texas was established on October 5, 1883 when its founding members, law students Yancey Lewis and James Robert Hamilton, split the organization into two factions in their rivalry for the presidency. The Lewisites gained the temporary chairmanship and formed the Athenaeum Literary Society, while the Hamiltonites formed the Rusk Literary Society.
The society was established with the goal of training members in debate and public speaking, also known as forensics. Members discussed contemporary issues in politics, economics, law, education, and other topics. By 1909, the program expanded to pursue national intercollegiate contests by joining the Delta Sigma Rho National Forensic Honorary Society.
University of Texas at Austin. 1894. Cactus. Austin, Tex: Published by Texas Student Publications.
"A to Z: A comprehensive look at UT History." UT History Central. University of Texas at Austin. Accessed May 21, 2013. http://www.texasexes.org/uthistory/atoz.aspx.
"UTNIF Individual Events." Department of Communication Studies. College of Communication. University of Texas at Austin. Accessed September 16, 2013. http://commstudies.utexas.edu/camps/utnif-ie.
The UT Athenaeum Literary Society Records contain meeting minutes from 1883 to 1901, financial records from 1897 to 1903, a roll book from 1927 to 1937, and other materials documenting the organization’s activities.
This collection is open for research use.
UT Athenaeum Literary Society Records, 1883-1903, 1927-1937, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, October 1978.
Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff, April 1996; Vanessa Attia, September 2013.