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Guide to the Records of the Eucleian Society RG.39.1

New York University Archives

Collection processed by Processed by Stuart Sammis and NYU Archives Staff

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 19, 2022
Description is in English.

 Finding aid revised by John Zarrillo  , March 2018

Scope and Content Note

Although a small and partial collection, the records of the Eucleian Society (1832-1909) are particularly valuable because there are few other remaining sources of information about the Eucleians. The researcher should consult the historical volume (volume 1) of Universities and their Sons at New York University, by Chancellor Henry M. MacCracken and Professor Ernest G. Sihler, 1901 (available in the N.Y.U. Archives), pp. 78-80 esp., for a description of the Eucleians' early years and of the room assigned to the Society in the original University Building at Washington Square. Also see the finding aid for the Records of the Philomathean Society in the New York University Archives.

The Society's records also offer primary source material for New York University's literary societies, particularly for the 1830s to mid 1890s. Minutes and programs of meetings, membership rosters, lists of topics of debates (unfortunately no records of the actual debates remain), and memorabilia make up the bulk of the collection. Although the documents date from 1832 to 1904, there are many gaps. For example, the minutes only run from 1840-1869 and 1880-1895.

The records have been arranged in four series:

Series 1: Official Records and Correspondence (1832-1904)

Mostly bound volumes of manuscript material, including the Adelphic Society documents. Minutes, treasurer's accounts, pledge roles, constitutions and by-laws, membership invitations, court minutes, attendance records, farewell addresses, and acceptance speeches.

Series 2: Meetings (1834-1886)

Programs of meetings, a list of orators for 1866, appointment book for debates (1868-1873), published addresses delivered at meetings, appointment slips (1879-1886), invitations, and tickets.

Series 3: Memorabilia (1863)

There is one pin with an accompanying letter.

Series 4: Joint Meetings (1835-1854)

Published addresses delivered at joint meetings of the Eucleian and Philomathean Societies , invitation cards, and New York Daily Times review (June 27, 1894)

Series 5: Miscellaneous (undated)

Contains a list of Eucleian and Philomathean Society publication.


Folders are arranged by topic.

The files are grouped into five series. Series 1: Official Records and Correspondence (1832-1909); Series 2: Meetings (1834-1886); Series 3: Memorabilia (1863); Series 4: Joint Meetings (1835-1854); Series 5: Miscellaneous (undated)