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Literary Societies. Euzelian Society Records

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Biographical and Historical Note

Both the Philomathesian and Euzelian Literary societies were organized on February 14, 1835, shortly after the beginning of the second session of Wake Forest Institute. Over time the societies had rooms in College buildings, decorated with chairs that included the clubs' Greek letters, banners, and books. Society members debated against and with each other. As of 2019, only the Euzelian Society is still in existence. Its mission is to "revive and sustain the intellectual culture of Wake Forest University by fostering a creative academic outlet for students."

Collection Overview

This collection is a mix of loose documents and bound volumes. It is arranged into 8 series: Series 1. Constitution and Bylaws, 1837-1922; Series 2. Correspondence, 1838-1947; Series 3. Minutes, 1835-1962; Series 4. Membership Records, 1867-1930, undated; Series 5 Financial Records, 1868-1919, undated; Series 6. Query Books, 1834-1895, undated; Series 7. Librarian's Records, 1852-1877; and Series 8. Other Records, 1835-1941.

Collection Inventory

  • Constitution And Bylaws  (1837-1922)
    •   (1837-1845) box 1 folder 1
    •   (1842-1878) box 1 folder 2
    •   (1885-1885) box 1 folder 3
    •   (1886-1886) box 1 folder 4
    •   (1889-1889) box 1 folder 5
    •   (1898-1898) box 1 folder 6
    •  (1911, 1922) box 1 folder 7
  • Correspondence  (1838-1947)
    •   (1838-1849) box 1 folder 8
    •   (1841-1872) box 1 folder 9
    •   (1854-1862) box 1 folder 10
    • [letter book cover only]  (1854-1889) box 1 folder 11
    •   (1870-1880) box 1 folder 12
    • [missing]  (1932-1946) folder 13
    •   (1946-1947) box 1 folder 14
  • Minutes  (1835-1962)
    •   (1835-1852) box 2 folder 15 volume 6
    •   (1845-1853) folder 16
    •   (1852-1860) volume 13 box 2 folder 17
    •   (1853-1858) folder 18
    •   (1859-1868) box 2 folder 19 volume 12
    •   (1860-1874) box 2 folder 20 volume 14
    •   (1868-1873) folder 21
    •   (1873-1875) folder 22
    •   (1875-1880) folder 23
    •   (1880-1886) volume 15 box 2 folder 24
    •   (1886-1891) volume 17 box 2 folder 25
    •   (1891-1897) volume 10 box 2 folder 26
    •   (1897-1902) box 2 folder 27 volume 11
    •   (1902-1906) volume 5 box 2 folder 28
    •   (1906-1911) box 2 folder 29 volume 16
    •   (1911-1918) volume 2 box 2 folder 30
    •   (1914-1916) box 2 folder 31
    •   (1915-1916) box 3 folder 32
    •   (1916-1918) folder 33
    •   (1916-1919) folder 34
    •   (1916-1920) box 3 folder 36 box 3 folder 35
    •   (1919-1929) folder 37
    •   (1920-1923) folder 38
    •   (1929-1935) folder 39
    •   (1939-1949) folder 40
    •   (1961-1962) box 3 folder 41
  • Membership Records (1867-1930, undated)
    • (undated) box 3 folder 42
    •   (1867-1870) folder 43
    •   (1870-1873) folder 44
    •   (1874-1876) folder 45
    •   (1877-1878) folder 46
    •   (1878-1885) folder 47
    •   (1878-1880) folder 48
    •   (1880-1882) folder 49
    •   (1886-1891) folder 50
    •   (1887-1888) folder 51
    •   (1888-1890) folder 52
    •  (1889-1892, 1899) box 4 folder 53
    •   (1890-1891) folder 54
    •   (1891-1894) folder 55
    •   (1891-1906) folder 56
    •   (1893-1897) box 4 folder 57 volume 4
    •   (1895-1897) box 4 folder 58 volume 3
    •   (1897-1898) folder 59
    •   (1898-1899) volume 8 box 4 folder 60
    •   (1902-1903) folder 61
    •   (1903-1904) folder 62
    •   (1904-1905) folder 63
    •   (1905-1906) box 4 folder 65 box 4 folder 64
    •   (1906-1906) folder 66
    •   (1906-1907) folder 67
    •   (1907-1907) folder 68
    •   (1913-1914) box 4 folder 69
    •   (1915-1916) box 4 folder 70
    •   (1916-1917) box 4 folder 71
    •   (1917-1918) box 4 folder 72
    •   (1917-1917) box 4 folder 73
    •   (1919-1919) box 1 folder 74
    • Membership records, list of charter members (1836-1886, 1926-1930) box 4 folder 75
  • Financial Records (1868-1919, undated)
    •   (1868-1878) box 4 folder 76
    •   (1878-1886) box 4 folder 77 volume 1
    •   (1882-1908) box 4 folder 78 volume 9
    •   (1886-1894) box 5 folder 79
    •   (1894-1895) box 5 folder 80
    •   (1896-1897) box 5 folder 81
    •   (1897-1901) box 5 folder 82
    •   (1900-1900) box 5 folder 83
    •   (1900-1901) box 5 folder 84
    •   (1901-1904) box 5 folder 85
    •   (1904-1908) box 5 folder 86
    •   (1908-1909) box 5 folder 87
    • Treasurer's book and loose items  (1908-1923)
    •   (1909-1909) box 6 folder 88
    •   (1910-1911) box 6 folder 89
    •   (1915-1916) volume 18
    •   (1916-1917) box 6 folder 91
    •   (1917-1918) box 6 folder 92
    •   (1918-1919) box 6 folder 93
    • Checkbook (undated) box 6 folder 94
  • Query Books (1834-1895, undated)
    • (undated) box 6 folder 95
    •   (1834-1904) box 6 folder 96
    •   (1855-1855) box 6 folder 97
    •   (1893-1895) box 6 folder 98
  • Librarian's Records  (1852-1877)
    • Catalog [missing]  (1852-1852) box 7 folder 99
    • Catalog and circulation book [missing]  (1860-1860) folder 100
    • Circulation book  (1868-1868) box 6 folder 101
    • Circulation book  (1869-1869) box 6 folder 102
    • Circulation book  (1871-1871) box 6 folder 103
    • Circulation book  (1877-1877) volume 7 box 7 folder 104
  • Other Records  (1835-1941)
    • Honorary members  (1835-1877) box 7 folder 105
    • Initiation rituals  (1940-1941) box 7 folder 106
    • Censor's Record Book (1940 January-March) box 7 folder 107

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Euzelian Literary Society
Title
Literary Societies. Euzelian Society Records
ID
RG6.2
Date
circa 1837-1962, undated
Quantity
6 record cartons, 1 oversize document box, 17 volumes
Extent
9.5  Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, 2004
Revision Description
Revised by Stephanie Bennett, 2017, 2019
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
Literary Societies. Euzelian Society Records (RG6.2), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

The following print and collection materials are related to this collection:

  • Rodman, William B. An Address Delivered before the Two Literary Societies of Wake Forest College, 1846 June 19. Call number LD5721 W549 R6 1846
  • Saunders, Romulus M. Address delivered before The Two Literary Societies, 1852 June 9. Call number F254 S25 1852
  • Literary Societies. Euzelian and Philomathesian Societies Records (RG6.3)
  • Literary Societies. Philomathesian Society Records (RG6.1)

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