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Guide to the Philomathesian Society records
Creator :Philomathesian Society (Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution).
Title: Philomathesian Society records
Extent: 0.2 cubic feet
Collection is open for research.
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.
Howard Williams, A History of Colgate, 1819-1869 (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969), 52, http://cu-cel.org/cuhist/.
Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries
Finding aid prepared by Allyson Smally, February 28, 2014.
[Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known)], A1159, Philomathesian Society records, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.