Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Athenaean Society: Records, 1817-1887, undated.
ID
4.37
Date
1817-1887
Extent
4.0 linear feet.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

Box
1

Athenaean Society n.d., 1817-1841 

2

Athenaean Society 1842-1866, 1887 

Volume
1

Athenaean Society Account Book ca. 1840-1850 

1a

Athenaean Society Catalogue of the Library, 1822 

2

Athenaean Society Catalogue of Books 

3

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

4

Athenaean Society Catalogue [of Books] ca. 1850- 

5

Athenaean Society Catalogue of Books Volume 1 

6

Athenaean Society Catalogue of Books Volume 2 

7

Athenaean Society Catalogues 1838-1861 

8

Athenaean Society Check Book 

Volume-folio
9

Athenaean Society Gift Accession Book 1839-1851 

Volume
10

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1837-1839 

11

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1841 

12

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1841-1847 

13

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1848 

14

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1849 

15

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1849-1851 

16

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1850 

17

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1851-1852 

18

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1852-1854 

19

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1856 

20

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1856-1857 

21

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1857-1858 

22

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1858 

23

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1858-1859 Part 1 

24

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1858-1859 Part 2 

25

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1859 Part 1 

26

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1859 Part 2 

27

Athenaean Society Librarian's Book 1860 

28

Athenaean Society Library and Catalog 

Volume-folio
29

Athenaean Society Library Catalog A-L before 1880 

30

Athenaean Society Library Catalog M-Z before 1880 

31

Athenaean Society Library Records 1841-1843 

32

Athenaean Society Library Records 1842 

33

Athenaean Society Library Records 1843-1846 

34

Athenaean Society Library Records 1844-1847, 1863 

35

Athenaean Society Library Records 1852 

36

Athenaean Society Library Records 1870-1876 

37

Athenaean Society Library Records 1873-1877 

Volume
38

Athenaean Society Loan Records 1848-1850 

39

Athenaean Society Loan Records 1859-1861 

ARealia-Box
7

Athenaean Society medals 

Display

Athenaean Society reading room sign 

Volume-folio
40

Athenaean Society Record Book 1840-1848 

41

Athenaean Society Record Book 1853-1875 

Volume
42

Athenaean Society Records 1836-1840 

43

Athenaean Society Records 1848-1853 

44

Athenaean Society Records and Constitution 1820-1887 

45

Athenaean Society Standing Committee Records 1825-1841 

46

Athenaean Society Standing Committee Records 1841-1842 

47

Athenaean Society Treasurer Book 1837-1840 

Volume-folio
48

Athenaean Society Treasurer Book 1842-1849 

49

Athenaean Society Treasurer Book 1857-1874 

Volume
50

Book of donations to the Athenaean Society February 1836 

51

Catalogue of the Athenaean Library 1830 Sep 

52

Catalogue of the Athenaean Library 1836- 1839 

Box
3

Catalogue of the Athenaean Society 1838- 1861 

Volume
53

Catalogue of the Athenaean Society 1838 

54

Catalogue of the Athenaean Society 1853 

55

Constitution of the Athenaean Society 1848-1874