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Eclectic Literary Society records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-12.2.3

Scope and Contents

The three ledgers contain accounting information for the Eclectic Society from 1917-1929. There is information about the society's house, its members, its social events, and the café it ran.

The folders contain a social activity program, information on a proposed building for the society, stockholders in the society, society directories, copies of their newsletter, The Tic, from 1894, 1915, 1921 and 1924.


  • Creation: 1916 - 1929


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

The second literary society at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University), the Eclectic Literary Society was founded in 1877. Activities were both literary and social. Around 1885,they became the Eclectic Society and sat on the Interfraternity Council and actively participated in Greek life, hosting banquets and organizing plays. In 1940, they became the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega, a social fraternity.


0.5 Cubic Feet (4 folders, 3 ledgers)

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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Eclectic Literary Society Records
4 Published And Cataloged
M. Louzon
September 2006
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US