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Yorkville Philomathic Debating Club Minutes

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2892

This collection houses a ledger containing the constitution and minutes of the Philomathic Debating Club of Yorkville, Tennessee from 1879 and 1880. The issues debated during this period included "Resolved: That frequent indulgence in female society is beneficial to the young man," "Resolved: That money has more influence over man than woman has," "Resolved: That ambition has been productive of more good than evil", and "Resolved: That nature proves the existence of a God more than the bible". An unidentified student also used this ledger as a workbook and added verses of poetry, short essays, and penmanship and arithmetic practice.

Dates

  • 1879 April 18-1880 February 5

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses a ledger containing the constitution and minutes of the Philomathic Debating Club of Yorkville, Tennessee from 1879 and 1880. The issues debated during this period included "Resolved: That frequent indulgence in female society is beneficial to the young man," "Resolved: That money has more influence over man than woman has," "Resolved: That ambition has been productive of more good than evil", and "Resolved: That nature proves the existence of a God more than the bible". An unidentified student also used this ledger as a workbook and added verses of poetry, short essays, and penmanship and arithmetic practice.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Philomathic Debating Club of Yorkville, Tennessee was founded at Yorkville Academy in April of 1879 for the improvement of all connected with it. Membership was limited to Caucasians, over the age of fifteen, and under thirty. Dues were 5 cents per month and members could be fined an additional ten cents for infractions of the Club's rules. Although the minutes in this book end in 1880, the group appears to have continued beyond this point as the last entry makes reference to the Club's next meeting.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection is property of the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480