Centre College Literary Society Records,1833-1992

Abstract

The literary societies at Centre College began with the formation in 1828 of the Chamberlain Philosophical and Literary Society to promote literary excellency. At each meeting members debated a given argument, reaching a decision. Addresses were also given before the societies, annual exercises were held for graduating seniors, and the organizations were also active in annual celebrations and oratorical contests. Prominent names of members included Hon. Jas. B. McCreary, J.C.S. Blackburn, Boyd Winchester, John C. Breckinridge (Vice-president of the U.S.), John Young Brown, and Thomas Crittenden.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Centre College Literary Society Records,1833-1992
Creator
Centre College
Extent
3.2 linear feet, 10 folders, 48 volumes
Subjects
Agora Adelphone Literary Society (Danville, Ky.)
Athenaean Literary Society (Danville, Ky.)
Chamberlain Philosophical and Literary Society (Danville, Ky.)
Deinologian Literary Society (Danville, Ky.)
Centre College--Societies, etc.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: John LeDoux; machine-readable finding aid created by:Robert Glass
Repository
Centre College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The literary societies at Centre College began with the formation in 1828 of the Chamberlain Philosophical and Literary Society. The Deinologian Society and Athenaean Society followed. Those societies on which information is available include the Agore Adelphon Literary Society (of which very little is known) and the three listed above. The societies were formed to promote literary excellency, and at each meeting members debated a given argument, finally reaching a decision on what the correct answer was. Addresses were also givenbefore the societies, and on celebrations such as Washington's birthday, many addresses were given. Discipline in the societies was strict. Very small offenses could lead to fines being placed on the responsible members.
Very little information is available on the Agore Adelphon Literary Society. It was established, according to the one volume available on the society, around December 1855. The organization changed its name early in 1857 from Agore Adelphon to [Greek letters] (Philo Logoi Society). It was apparently not particularly strong.
The Chamberlain Philosophical and Literary Society of Centre College was founded in 1828 and named in honor of the College's first President, Rev. Jeremiah Chamberlain. The Society included such prominent names as Hon. Jas. B. McCreary, J.C.S. Blackburn, Boyd Winchester, and others. It was extremely active in annual celebrations and oratorical contests, and annual exercises were held for graduating seniors. The Society apparently died out around 1927, but then was revived around 1939 for only two years.
The Deinologian Literary Society was founded in 1835 by students who were dismayed with the Chamberlain Society. The Society included such figures as John C. Breckinridge (Vice-president of the U.S.), John Young Brown, and Thomas Crittenden. This Society was also very involved in annual celebrations and exercises for graduating members and evidently continued in existence until around 1940.
The Athenaean Literary Society was an offshoot of the Deinologian Society. Little information is available, but apparently it did participate in annual celebrations.

Contents of the Collection

General 1864-1992

Programs 1864-1926

Invitations to annual celebrations of the literary societies; oratorical contest programs - 1864…

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Miscellaneous 1887-1992

Invitations to annual celebration from 1867 and 1889; proposal to publish "The Collegian"; K…

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Agore Adelphone Literary Society 1855-1857

Miscellaneous 1855-1857

Constitution and minutes - 1855-1857

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Diploma of Adelphon Club to James L. Griffith - 1856

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Athenaean Literary Society 1853-1861

Minutes 1853-1861

Minutes - 1853-1856

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Minutes - 1853-1861

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Constitution and By-Laws n.d.

Constitution and by-laws - n.d.

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Miscellaneous 1858

"Effects of Change"-anniversary oration by Isaac J. Long - Feb. 22, 1858

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Chamberlain Philosophical and Literary Society 1849-1924

Minutes 1849-1923

Minutes - 1849-1854

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Minutes - 1854-1864

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Minutes - 1864-1870

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Minutes - 1871-1875

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Minutes - 1883-1893

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Minutes - 1893-1901

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Minutes - 1901-1907

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Minutes - 1908-1915

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Minutes - 1919-1923

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Constitution, Charter, By-Laws 1854

Constitution (undated typescript); "An act to incorporate the Chamberlain P. & L. Society of Centre…

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Constitution and by-laws - n.d.

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Programs

Programs for annual exercies and banquets - 1877-1924

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Miscellaneous 1851-1902

Miscellaneous (original and photocopy) - undated, dated 1851-1892

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Rough draft of minutes - 1857-1858

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Censor's book - 1857-1859

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Censor's book - 1871-1873

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Censor's book - 1919-1923

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Library records - 1881-1902

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Accounting Records 1872-1919

Accounting records - 1872-1890

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Accounting records - 1880

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Accounting records - 1883-1896

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Accounting records - 1915-1919

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Deinologian Literary Society 1835-1931

Minutes 1835-1926

Minutes - 1835-1838

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Minutes - 1838-1841

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Minutes - 1843-1844

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Minutes - 1844-1845

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Minutes - 1845-1847

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Minutes - 1853-1862

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Minutes - 1863

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Minutes - 1863-1873

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Minutes - 1875-1876

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Minutes - 1876-1879

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Minutes - 1882-1886

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Minutes - 1895-1900

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Minutes - 1900-1907

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Minutes - 1907-1909

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Minutes - 1910-1912

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Minutes - 1912-1914

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Minutes - 1914-1919

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Minutes - 1919-1926

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Constitution and By-Laws 1865-1907

Constituion and by-laws - 1892-1907

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Constitution and by-laws; rough drafts of minutes - 1865-1866

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Addresses 1850-1879

Address by Rev. Samuel D. Burchard; oration by John Y. Craft; address by W. G. Dunlap - 1850-1879

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Miscellaneous1833-1931

Invitations; programs; partial treasury record (original and photocopy) - 1833-1931

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Treasurer's and Roll Books 1847-1931

Treasurer's book - undated

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Treasurer's book - 1847-1849

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Treasurer's book - 1851-1854

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Treasurer's book - 1901-1909

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Roll book - 1909-1918

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Treasury book - 1930-1931

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