Fonds 2005 - Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Association fonds

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Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Association fonds

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CA ON00357 2005

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  • 1857-1893 (Creation)

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36 cm of textual records

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The Association was constituted in 1857. Its mandate was to promote the cultivation of literature, science, and oratory. The founder and first president was John Campbell, a tutor in Classics at the College. Samuel Sobieski Nelles took over the presidency after Campbell's retirement in 1860. The Association began hosting 'conversaziones' in 1862 and this became a custom for more than 50 years. In 1893, the Association joined with the Jackson Society to form the Union Literary Society.

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Fonds consists of constitution, 1857; minutes, 1857-1893; correspondence (letterbooks), 1870-1882; treasurer's books, 1857-1892; and library record book, 1885-1891.

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1991.136V1-3 - Minute book 1860-1867 has a broken spine.

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Unknown - records were in the East stacks and not previously accessioned before 1991


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Closed fonds. No further accruals.

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See also Conversazione Committee Fonds (Fonds 2017); Union Literary Society Fonds (Fonds 2006); the Victoria College Women's Literary Society (Fonds 2057); and the Literary Societies Fonds (Fonds 2089).

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