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The Lyceum records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 208

Scope and Contents

The Lyceum records, 1892-1931 and undated, has been organized into three series: Lyceum general body, Lyceum Board of Directors, and ephemera. The Lyceum general body series contains meeting minutes, treasurer's reports, and other financial records. The Lyceum Board of Directors series contains the board's meeting minutes, annual reports, constitutional amendments, and correspondence. Ephemera primarily includes programs for various Lyceum events, in addition to flyers, tickets, and a poem on Lyceum letterhead. Some of the programs indicate that events were booked through the Central Lyceum Bureau and Slayton Lyceum Bureau (both of Chicago).

Dates

  • 1892-1931 and undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English and Swedish

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Historical Note

The Lyceum was formed by two rival literary groups at Augustana College, the Adelphic and Phrenokosmian societies, in order to create a lecture and concert series. The first recorded minutes of the Board of the Lyceum of Augustana College and Theological Seminary date from 1892, but there is evidence that the group existed as early as 1890. The Lyceum published two literary annuals: Balder, from 1890 to 1892, and Lyceum Annual, from 1892 to 1894. These periodicals included "contest orations plus other valuable material composed by members," as stated in the 1891-1892 Augustana College catalog. Half of the articles in the annual were in Swedish and the other half in English. In 1892, 4,000 copies of the annual were printed.

The purpose of the Lyceum was to promote the literary and oratorical interests of its members. In the beginning, a free concert and lecture series was presented during the academic years in the chapel for members of the institution as well as local citizens. In addition to public lectures and concerts, the Lyceum also presented a program at the closing exercises for the fall and spring semesters, organized debates between the Adelphic and Phrenokosmian societies, and held oratorical contests for its members. During its existence, the Lyceum brought many notable speakers and performers to campus. These events not only offered cultural and academic enrichment but were also social highlights of the year.

In 1902, the Lyceum submitted a petition to Augustana College president Gustav Andreen for permission to start a college paper. With the approval of Andreen and the faculty, the Augustana Observer was created.

The Lyceum's slate of programs was directed by a student manager under the supervision of the Board of Control of Student Activities. By 1931, the Adelphic and Phrenokosmian societies had lapsed, so the management of the Lyceum was taken over by the Board of Student Activities. At the end of the fall term 1931, the Lyceum was replaced by the Augustana Lecture Series.

Extent

0.9 Cubic Feet (/ 3 boxes)

Abstract

The Lyceum was formed by two rival literary groups at Augustana College, the Adelphic and Phrenokosmian societies, in order to create a lecture and concert series. The first recorded minutes of the Board of the Lyceum of Augustana College and Theological Seminary date from 1892, but there is evidence that the group existed as early as 1890. The Lyceum records, 1892-1931 and undated, has been arranged into three series: Lyceum general body; Lyceum Board of Directors; and ephemera.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Related Materials

MSS 214 Phrenokosmian Society records MSS 206 Adelphic Society records

Processing Information

Processed by Marjorie Mason, 1975. Revised by Emily Hughes Dominick, 2007. Updated by Sarah Horowitz, 2011. Revised by Atticus Garrison, February 2016.

Title
The Lyceum records, 1892-1931 and undated.
Status
Completed
Author
Atticus Garrison
Date
February 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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