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Guide to the Philomathesian Society records

A1159

1821-1945


Descriptive Summary

Identification: A1159


Creator :Philomathesian Society (Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution).


Title: Philomathesian Society records


Dates: 1821-1945


Extent: 0.2 cubic feet


Language: English



Collection is open for research.


Biographical/Historical note

The Philomathesian Society was likely the first student organization at Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute (later Colgate University). It was formed in 1821 and became part of another organization, the Missionary Society, around 1831. According to former University Archivist Howard Williams:

its objectives included training in public speaking, maintenance of a library, correspondence with missionaries and with similar organizations on other campuses, and an 'inquiry into the most eligible fields of ministerial labor.' Designated members delivered sermons at weekly meetings which the audience and a student critic commented upon. The secretaries conducted an active correspondence with missionaries and the societies at Amherst, Williams, Hamilton, Andover, and other institutions. The library of over fifty volumes consisted chiefly of gifts and included not only religious books and periodicals but also many secular items and newspapers.

Sources:

Howard Williams, A History of Colgate, 1819-1869 (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969), 52, http://cu-cel.org/cuhist/.

Subjects

College students--Societies, etc.
Financial records.
Minutes (administrative records)

Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1
1821-1825
Records of the Philomathesian Society of Hamilton Theological Seminary: Book 1, of the Recording Secretary
Box 1 Folder 2
1823-1826
Records of the Philomathesian Society of Hamilton Theological Seminary: Book 2, of the Corresponding Secretary
Box 1 Folder 3
1945
Correspondence regarding donation of record books in folders 1-2
Box 1 Folder 4
1823-1831
Philomathesian Society record book

Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries

Processing

Finding aid prepared by Allyson Smally, February 28, 2014.

Citation

[Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known)], A1159, Philomathesian Society records, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.



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