Irving Literary Society records, Purdue University, 1875-1925 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Extent: 1.0 Cubic feet
Scope and Contents: The Irving Literary Society records (1875-1925), document the meetings and events of the Irving Literary society before it was eventually merged with other literary societies at Purdue. The collection includes records books that detail meeting minutes and financial information. The record books also have various documents included in their pages, including correspondence and annual event programs. The ephemera portion of the collection consists primarily of annual event programs (both formal and prototype copies), but also includes the 1875 constitution and bylaws of the society and the 1886 handbook. Unfortunately, the ephemera portion of the collection only goes to 1906, and no portion of the collection addresses the later incarnations of the society (Irving Emersonian Literary Society or Kappa Phi Sigma). This collection may be useful to researchers interested in literary societies, extracurricular activities of students, Purdue University history, the student life of George Ade, and material culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Types of materials include: records ledgers, correspondence, event programs, receipts, and printed materials.