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Literary Societies. Philomathesian Society Records

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Biographical and Historical Note

Both the Philomathezian 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.

Collection Inventory

  • Constitutions and By-Laws
    •  (1835) Box 1 Folder 1
    •  (1858) Folder 2
    •  (1886) Folder 3
    •  (1888) Folder 4
    •  (1891) Folder 5
    •  (1986) Folder 6
    •  (1907) Folder 7
    •  (1914) Folder 8
    •  (1920) Folder 9
  • Correspondence
    •  (1835-1849) Folder 10
    •  (1850-1884) Folder 11
  • Minutes
    • [oversize] (1835-1851) Volume 7 Box 1 Folder 12
    • [oversize] (1851-1877) Box 1 Folder 13 Volume 2
    •  (1869-1871) Folder 14
    •  (1877-1878) Folder 15
    • [oversize] (1877-1887) Box 1 Folder 16 Volume 9
    • [oversize] (1887-1896) Box 1 Folder 17 Volume 8
    • [oversize] (1888-1897) Box 1 Folder 18 Volume 10
    • [oversize] (1896-1908) Box 1 Folder 19 Volume 11
    • [oversize] (1897-1900) Volume 12 Box 1 Folder 20
    •  (1900-1903) Folder 21
    •  (1903-1906) Box 2 Folder 22
    •  (1906-1910) Folder 23
    • [oversize] (1908-1915) Box 2 Folder 24 Volume 1
    •  (1910-1912) Folder 25
    •  (1911-1914) Folder 26
    •  (1915-1916) Folder 27
    •  (1917-1918) Folder 28
    •  (1918-1919) Folder 29
    •  (1921-1924) Folder 30
    • [oversize] (1926-1929) Volume 4 Box 2 Folder 31
    • [oversize] (1929-1935) Volume 5 Box 2 Folder 32
    •  (1935-1944) Folder 33
    •  (1945-1946) Folder 34
    •  (1950-1954) Folder 35
  • Membership Records
    •  (1835-1847) Folder 36
    •  (1845-1860, 1866-1882, 1895) Folder 37
    •  (1880-1881) Box 3 Folder 38
    •  (1881-1885) Folder 39
    •  (1898-1899) Folder 40
    •  (1900-1901) Folder 41
    •  (1902-1903) Folder 42
    •  (1903-1904) Folder 43
    •  (1904-1905) Folder 44
    •  (1905-1907) Folder 45
    •  (1907-1908) Folder 46
    • Vol. 1 (1908) Folder 47
    • Vol. 2 (1908,) Folder 48
    •  (1909-1910) Folder 49
    •  (1912-1914, 1923) Folder 50
    •  (1915-1919, 1923-1924) Folder 51
    •  (1919-1928) Folder 52
    •  (1931-1932) Folder 53
    •  (1934-1944) Folder 54
    •  (1935-1947) Folder 55
  • Financial Records
    •  (1847-1869) Folder 56
    • [oversize] (1848-1850) Volume 6 Box 3 Folder 57
    •  (1869-1873) Folder 58
    •  (1874-1881) Box 4 Folder 59
    •  (1893-1896) Folder 60
    •  (1896-1899) Folder 61
    • [oversize] (1901-1902) Volume 14 Box 4 Folder 62
    • [oversize] (1902-1903) Volume 13 Box 4 Folder 63
    •  (1903-1904) Folder 64
    •  (1904) Folder 65
    •  (1905) Folder 66
    •  (1908-1909) Folder 67
    •  (1909) Folder 68
    •  (1909-1911, 1917-1920) Folder 69
    •  (1914) Folder 70
    •  (1915-1916) Folder 71
    •  (1916-1917) Folder 72
    •  (1917-1918) Folder 73
    •  (1918-1919) Folder 74
    •  (1922-1926) Box 5 Folder 75
    •  (1936-1937) Folder 76
  • Miscellaneous
    • Philomathesian and Euzelian Library Catalog [oversize] (1877) Folder 77
    • Committee Book (1900-1902) Folder 79
    • Honorary Members (1835-1897) Folder 80
    • Form Letters (1961) Folder 81
    • Library Catalog [oversize] (1882) Volume 3 Box 5 Folder 78
    • Address delivered before The Two Literary Societies by Hon. Romulus M. Saunders (1852 June 9) Folder 82

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Philomathesian Society (Wake Forest University).
Title
Literary Societies. Philomathesian Society Records
ID
RG6.1
Date [inclusive]
1834-1961
Extent
6.5 linear feet  4 record cartons, 1 document box, 14 volumes

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2004
Revision Description
 Revised by Stephanie Bennett 2017, 2019
Access Restrictions
Collection is open. 
Copyright Notice
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Preferred Citation
Literary Societies Record Group, Philomathesian Society (RG6.1), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

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The following collection and published 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. Euzelian Society Records (RG6.2)

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