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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Athenaeum Literary Society Records, 1883-1903, 1927-1937



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Athenaeum Literary Society (University of Texas)
Title: UT Athenaeum Literary Society, records
Dates: 1883-1903, 1927-1937
Abstract: 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.
Extent: 4 boxes
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

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.

Sources:

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Athenaeum Literary Society (University of Texas) -- Archives.
Subjects
College students -- Texas -- Austin.
Forensics (Public speaking)
Societies -- History, organization, etc.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also UT Rusk Literary Society Records, 1883-1913, 1945.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Athenaeum Literary Society Records, 1883-1903, 1927-1937, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, October 1978.

Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff, April 1996; Vanessa Attia, September 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
4M482 Minutes:
September 22, 1883 - May 5, 1888
box
4M481 May 12, 1888 - April 13, 1901
box
4Q426 Treasurer’s book, accounts, receipts, 1897-1903
box
2A143 Roll book, 1927-1937
Miscellaneous papers, 1935-1937

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