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Washington Literary Society


Scope and Contents

Includes secretary's books with minutes of meetings, treasurer's books, library books (with records of books lent), roll books, and copies of the Society's constitution. Contains accounts of student debates on current political and social questions.


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Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington & Lee University's Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

Student literary and debating society with associated library at Washington College, later Washington and Lee University, founded 1814. Popularity declined after World War I, and the society ceased to exist c. 1953


From the Record Group: x Linear Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Washington Literary Society|bgift|cdate unknown

Related Materials

Library materials analyzed in Susan M. Coblentz, 'The Graham Philanthropic Society and the Washington Literary Society at Washington College: A Study of their libraries through 1864' (Unpublished M.S.L.S. thesis, Univ. of North Carolina, 1976)

Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA