Philomathean Society Records
Scope and Contents
The Philomathean Society Records consists of documents created during the course of society business. Included are the constitution and bylaws, financial records, membership rolls, attendance records, meeting minutes, and committee reports. Documents cover the club's founding in 1855 through its disbanding in 1924. The meeting minutes are notable as they shed light on some of the rituals and inner workings of the Society.
- 1855 - 1922
- Philomathean Society (Lawrenceville School) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The records are open for research use.
Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies and digital photographs may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Archivist. Researchers are responsible for determining any other copyright questions.
Biographical / Historical
The Philomathean Society was founded in 1855 as a companion to the original campus secret society, the Calliopean Society, which was founded in 1852. The Lawrenceville School Philomathean Society was based on Philomathean Society at the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1813. Like the Calliopean Society, the Philomathean Society's stated mission was the advancement of learning, promotion of literature, and practicing of discourse and debate. Election into the Society was limited and considered to be a prestigious honor. The two most important events on the Philomathean Society calendar were the annual debate with the Calliopean Society and the annual banquet, in which previous members were invited to return. The Philomathean Society, along with the Calliopean Society, was abolished by the Board of Trustees in 1924. The trustees argued that the societies had become too political and had shifted from their original purpose as literary societies.
4.87 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
The Philomathean Society Records are arranged alphabetically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were transferred from The Lawrenceville School Philomathean Society to the Archives.
Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Stephan Archives guidelines.
Information in the historical note was gathered from material within the Philomathean records, as well as Five Miles Away: The Story of The Lawrenceville School by Samuel R. Slaymaker, II.
The Philomathean Society Records were processed by Casey Babcock in January-February of 2012.
- Calliopean Society (Lawrenceville School)
- Education, Secondary -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- High school student extra-curricular activities Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- High school students -- United States -- Societies and clubs. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Lawrenceville (N.J.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Lawrenceville School -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- New Jersey -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Secret societies -- United States -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- The Lawrenceville School Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- bylaws (administrative records) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- minutes Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Philomathean Society Records: Finding Aid
- Casey Babcock
- March 6, 2012
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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