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A Guide to the Records at the Indiana University Archives
Electronic finding aid encoded by Elia Van Lith
Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Adelphian Society (Indiana University)
.2 cubic feet
Materials are in English.
The Adelphian Society was established at Indiana University on November 13, 1858, under the name the Erolathian Society. The goal of the literary society was to be a society of religious inquiry at the university, and in their first minutes the organization outlines plans of delivering original orations, essays, and debates on subjects related to Biblical literature. In 1859 the group changed its name to the Adelphian Society. Collection consists of by-laws and meeting minutes.
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The Erolathian Society was organized on the Bloomington campus on November 13, 1858, with the goal of being a society of religious inquiry at the University. Indiana University President William M. Daily served as Chairman of that first meeting and was named an honorary member of the society the next month. In their minutes, the society outlines plans of delivering original orations, essays, and debates on subjects related to Biblical literature.
Meetings were held in Erolathian Hall, although the location of the Hall is never discussed in the records. During the meeting of January 15, 1859, the Society’s name was changed to Adelphian and the Society motto, “friendship and truth” was chosen. After the name change, meetings are cited as occurring in Adelphian Hall, but once again no mention is made as to the Hall’s location.
No mention is made in the minutes or University records as to when the Society disbanded, and the last records the Archives holds of the organization date to 1859.
Minutes and by-laws arranged chronologically.
The two folder collection consists solely of by-laws and meeting minutes of the Adelphian Society (previously the Erolathian Society). Typewritten transcripts of the by-laws and meeting minutes are included in the collection.
The By-Laws date from the society’s first meeting on November 13, 1858, and consists of two double-sided legal-sized handwritten sheets. The meeting minutes span from November 13, 1858 to May 5, 1859.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.
Completed in 2004.
Updated by Dina M. Kellams in 2011 in preparation for digitization.