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Philomathesian Society Portrait

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0721

This portrait shows the members of the Philomathesian Society at East Tennessee University (now the University of Tennessee) during the 1874-1875 school year. The names of the 49 cadets depicted are printed below the picture.

Dates

  • 1874-1875

Conditions Governing Access

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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 portrait shows the members of the Philomathesian Society at East Tennessee University (now the University of Tennessee) during the 1874-1875 school year. The names of the 49 cadets depicted are printed below the picture.

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

The Emma Walters Summar Library at Union University transferred this image to the University of Tennessee's Archives.

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