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Philomathesian and Chi-Delta Literary Societies Publications and Programs

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0494

This collection houses publications and programs documenting the Philomathesian and Chi-Delta Literary Societies at the University of Tennessee from 1850 to 1899. This material includes a copy of the Chi-Delta Crescent (1882), a copy of the Philo Star (1883), the bylaws of the Philomathesian Society (1899), a theater program (1891), and an anniversary program (1850).

Dates

  • 1850-1899

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 publications and programs documenting the Philomathesian and Chi-Delta Literary Societies at the University of Tennessee from 1850 to 1899. This material includes a copy of the Chi-Delta Crescent (1882), a copy of the Philo Star (1883), the bylaws of the Philomathesian Society (1899), a theater program (1891), and an anniversary program (1850).

Biographical/Historical Note

The first literary society at the University of Tennessee was founded in 1826. It was originally called the Republican Dialectic Society but changed its name to the Dialectic Adelphic Society in 1835 and again to the Chi Delta Literary Society in 1836. An opposition party, the Philomathesian Literary Club, quickly formed. These societies were the College's main social centers prior to the Civil War. Students gave original orations at their weekly meetings, which focused on political, historical, social, and economic topics. After the Civil War, both societies published journals of essays, poetry, and university news.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder

Acquisition Note

This collection is property of the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library.

Repository Details

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

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