Calliopean Society, Yale College, records
Scope and Contents
Librarians' records, 1830-1851, consist of catalogs of books, reports on acquisitions of new books, and circulation records.
Financial records, 1819 to 1855, document purchases, membership fines, and summaries of income and expenses.
Correspondence, 1837-1852, by the officers documents relations between the Society and Yale.
Exhibition records, 1820-1835, detail the dramatic, poetic, and oratorical activities of the Society.
The addition consists of one oration from 1825.
Additional documentation of the Society can be found in published material cataloged as Yeg5 C1L.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
4.27 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
Calliopeans met weekly to participate in debates, oratorical displays, and dramatic performances. In addition to these member meetings, the Society offered talent exhibitions to members of the Yale community consisting of musical and dramatic acts. The Society newsletter, The Mirror, provided members a chance to publish poetry and stories.
Like other societies at that time, Calliope prided itself on its library, which, by the time of its dissolution, contained nearly six thousand volumes. The Calliopean librarian maintained thorough records of the texts available. Indeed, because of the large number of volumes, Calliope had little room to store them. While the College offered a solution to the problem by allocating space to Linonia, Brothers, and Calliope in a newly built Alumni Hall in 1853, the Society had already dissolved by a vote of the members, by that time.
The reasons why the Society dissolved are not clear, but in 1853, a Committee was established within Calliope to decide upon the way in which the group would cease to exist. After much debate, the Calliopean Society was disbanded.
- Guide to the Calliopean Society, Yale College, Records
- Under Revision
- compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
- July 2007
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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