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Name: Emersonian Literary Society
Fuller Form: Emersonian Literary Society, Purdue University


Historical Note: The Emersonian Literary Society was founded in 1887 to supplement the already strong tradition of literary societies at Purdue.  This was due primarily to increasing enrollment at in the older literary societies and at Purdue in general.    Students began work to start the society in 1886, but a charter was not granted by the faculty until 1887.  The society focused on the intellectual development of its members, particularly in the discussion and debate of literary works and current events.  Due to declining membership and interest in literary societies in general, the Emersonian merged with the Irving in 1924, forming the Irving-Emersonian Literary Society.  In 1926, the Irving-<span class="highlight0 bold">Emersonian</span> was absorbed by the national honorary fraternity Kappa Phi Sigma, effectively joining three literary societies.  Kappa Phi Sigma appears to have been active until 1937, when it no longer appears in the student handbook section on activities and organizations.
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Materials within the collection

MSP 34, Irving Literary Society records, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Debris yearbooks, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Purdue University, Student Council. Student’s handbook of Purdue University. Lafayette: The Student Council of Purdue University.  Print. Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University




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