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Guide to the Classical Club Records, 1910 - 1944

Abstract

The Classical Club, founded in 1910, was a social academic club for male students and faculty of Trinity College (now Duke University). Female students joined the club in 1924. The club promoted interest in the language, literature, and art of ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Materials include minutes, constitutions, bylaws, a sketch, calendars, membership lists, correspondence, a draft of a paper, and clippings. Major subjects include Trinity College history, Duke University history, student groups, male college students, study of classical languages and appreciation of classical literature. Materials range in date from 1910 to 1944.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Classical Club records 1910 - 1944
Creator
Duke University. Classical Club.
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet , 15 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The Classical Club records include minutes, constitutions, bylaws, a sketch, calendars, membership lists, correspondence, a draft of a paper, and clippings. Major subjects include Trinity College history, Duke University history, student groups, male college students, study of classical languages and appreciation of classical literature. Materials range in date from 1910 to 1944.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Constitution draft, 1910
Box 1 Folder 1
Minutes and constitution, 1913-1918
Box 1 Folder 2
Minutes, 1918-1928
Box 1 Folder 3
Minutes and constitutions, 1928-1944
Box 1 Folder 4
Article 9, Article 10, Article 11, 1925
Box 1 Folder 5
Badge sketch, circa 1918-1928
Box 1 Folder 6
Calendars and miscellaneous correspondence, 1934-1942
Box 1 Folder 7
Membership lists, 1940-1941
Box 1 Folder 8
Virgil paper, 1930
Box 1 Folder 9
Clippings, 1926-1943
Box 1 Folder 10
Papers presented before the Classical Club of Duke University, 1929-1930
Box 1 Folder 11

Historical Note

The Classical Club was a social academic club composed of students interested in Greek and Latin language and culture. The exact date of the founding of the club is unknown. In May, 1910, there were ten members of the club. The group presented papers at bimonthly meetings, placed classical studies titles in the libraries, arranged panel discussions, and hosted visiting lecturers. One well-publicized event was a meeting where Professor A. R. Anderson of Duke University presented a paper on Virgil to commemorate the bimillennium of the poet's birth.

In 1924, the Parthenon Club of Trinity College, a women's club also interested in the classics, joined the men's Classical Club. In 1927, more women interested in classical studies created the Forum Club, and held joint meetings with the Classical Club. The Classical Club continued to be active at Duke University until sometime after 1944.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Parthenon Club records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Eta Sigma Phi. Beta Rho chapter records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Classical Club Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Classical Club Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed January 2003

Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003

Updated by Kimberly Sims, October 2010

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