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Guide to the Athenaean Society Records, 1817-1887

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Title:
Athenaean Society: records
Creator:
Athenaean Society (Bowdoin College)
ID:
A04.37
Date [inclusive]:
1817-1887
Extent:
4 Linear Feet
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Athenaean Society: Records, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Begun as a rival to the Peucinian Society in 1808, the Athenaean Society was said to have been founded by a disgruntled Peucinian who did not graduate. The literary and debating society was disbanded in 1811, revived in 1813, disbanded again in 1816 and revived again in 1817. An intense rivalry existed between the Athenaean and Peucinian Societies. Unlike the Peucinian Society, the Athenaean Society initiated freshmen in order to attract the youngest students and initiate them before they could be recruited by the Peucinian Society. This policy forced the Peucinian Society to admit freshmen as well. The Athenaean Society was the first to form its own library with books purchased from dues paid by inducted members. The rise of Greek letter fraternities at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century spelled the end for the literary societies. After a period of relative dormancy, the libraries of the Athenaean and Peucinian Societies were merged in 1880. Two attempts to revive the society failed. In 1886, the Athenaean Society was granted a bequest of $1000 by Samuel Hazen Ayer, class of 1839. Since the society ostensibly had ceased to exist, the bequest formed a book fund. The Athenaean Society had an annex scientific society, Phi Alpha.

This collection contains records of the Athenaean Society of Bowdoin College. Catalogues of books in the Athenaean Society library, meeting minutes, and financial records are included.

Athenaean Society n.d., 1817-1841

box 1

Athenaean Society 1842-1866, 1887

box 2

Athenaean Society Account Book ca. 1840-1850

volume 1

Athenaean Society Catalogue of the Library, 1822

volume 1a

Athenaean Society Catalogue of Books

volume 2

Athenaean Society Catalogue [of Books] 1838 [interleaved and annotated through 1849]

volume 3

Athenaean Society Catalogue [of Books] ca. 1850-

volume 4

Athenaean Society Catalogue of Books Volume 1

volume 5

Athenaean Society Catalogue of Books Volume 2

volume 6

Athenaean Society Catalogues 1838-1861

volume 7

Athenaean Society Check Book

volume 8

Athenaean Society Gift Accession Book 1839-1851

volume-folio 9

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1837-1839

volume 10

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1841

volume 11

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1841-1847

volume 12

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1848

volume 13

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1849

volume 14

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1849-1851

volume 15

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1850

volume 16

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1851-1852

volume 17

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1852-1854

volume 18

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1856

volume 19

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1856-1857

volume 20

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1857-1858

volume 21

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1858

volume 22

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1858-1859 Part 1

volume 23

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1858-1859 Part 2

volume 24

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1859 Part 1

volume 25

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1859 Part 2

volume 26

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1860

volume 27

Athenaean Society Library and Catalog

volume 28

Athenaean Society Library Catalog A-L before 1880

volume-folio 29

Athenaean Society Library Catalog M-Z before 1880

volume-folio 30

Athenaean Society Library Records 1841-1843

volume-folio 31

Athenaean Society Library Records 1842

volume-folio 32

Athenaean Society Library Records 1843-1846

volume-folio 33

Athenaean Society Library Records 1844-1847, 1863

volume-folio 34

Athenaean Society Library Records 1852

volume-folio 35

Athenaean Society Library Records 1870-1876

volume-folio 36

Athenaean Society Library Records 1873-1877

volume-folio 37

Athenaean Society Loan Records 1848-1850

volume 38

Athenaean Society Loan Records 1859-1861

volume 39

Athenaean Society medals

arealia-box 7

Athenaean Society reading room sign

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Athenaean Society Record Book 1840-1848

volume-folio 40

Athenaean Society Record Book 1853-1875

volume-folio 41

Athenaean Society Records 1836-1840

volume 42

Athenaean Society Records 1848-1853

volume 43

Athenaean Society Records and Constitution 1820-1887

volume 44

Athenaean Society Standing Committee Records 1825-1841

volume 45

Athenaean Society Standing Committee Records 1841-1842

volume 46

Athenaean Society Treasurer Book 1837-1840

volume 47

Athenaean Society Treasurer Book 1842-1849

volume-folio 48

Athenaean Society Treasurer Book 1857-1874

volume-folio 49

Book of donations to the Athenaean Society February 1836

volume 50

Catalogue of the Athenaean Library 1830 Sep

volume 51

Catalogue of the Athenaean Library 1836- 1839

volume 52

Catalogue of the Athenaean Society 1838- 1861

box 3

Catalogue of the Athenaean Society 1838

volume 53

Catalogue of the Athenaean Society 1853

volume 54

Constitution of the Athenaean Society 1848-1874

volume 55
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