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Phrenokosmian Society records
1860-1924

MSS 214
approximately 3.3 linear feet



Phrenokosmian Creator:

Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.). Phrenokosmian Society. 

Language:

English, Swedish

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection

Access points:

Literature--Societies, etc.
Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.). Phrenokosmian Society. 

Finding aid prepared by:

Emily Hughes Dominick, 2007

 

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu



Acquisition Information
Historical Note
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Box List
Related Collections



ACQUISITION INFORMATION

Some items were donated to the library early on in the existence of Phrenokosmian Society. It is unknown when the rest of the papers were deposited.

 

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Phrenokosmian Society is one of Augustana College's oldest student organizations. During the year of the founding of the college (1860), a meeting of students was called to discuss the possibility of founding a literary society. The result of this discussion led to the creation of the Phrenokosmian Society. According to their constitution, the object of the Phrenokosmian Society was to "promote a Christian life, literary improvement, and intellectual development in general among its members." The Society met weekly for debates, declamations, addresses and discussions. Membership was limited to current Augustana College and Theological Seminary students but honorary members consisting of faculty and others were admitted. Meetings were conducted alternately in English and Swedish.

The Phrenokosmian Society published "Phrenokosmiana," a weekly paper from 1874 through 1913. They also teamed with the Adelphic and Linnaean Societies to publish the literary magazine, Lyceum Annual, 1890-1894.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection has been organized into six series: Constitution, Bylaws, and letters of certification; Financial records; Meeting minutes; Membership; Programs; and Publications.

The Constitution, bylaws, and letters of certification series (1880-1890 and undated) includes several versions of the Phrenokosmian Society constitution and bylaws in both English and Swedish, as well as a letter and certificate of organization from Secretary of the State of Illinois.

The Financial records series (1867-1916) includes Treasurer's books, dues books, and receipts.

The Meeting minutes series (1877-1924) contains the minutes from meetings between 1877 and 1924.

The Membership series (1886-1914) consists of an attendance book and membership lists.

The Programs series (1860-1914) includes a list of program topics arranged by date as well as printed programs from various events.

The Publication series (1874-1913) consists of every issue of the weekly newsletter the Phrenokosmiana. This newsletter was handwritten in both Swedish and English.

 

SYSTEM OF ARRANGEMENT

Because of the variance in size of items in this collection, the whole of the series are not stored together. A folder level list organized by series is as follows:

Constitution, bylaws, and letters of certification
      Letter and certificate of organization, 1890
      Printed constitution, 1880-circa 1890
      Changes in the constitution, 1880-1890

Financial records
      Treasurer's book, 1867-1872
      Treasurer's book, 1872-1878
      Treasurer's book, 1879-1880
      Treasurer's book, 1904-1916
      Accounts book, 1888-1903
      Accounts book, 1896-1904
      Dues book, 1906-1907
      Receipts, 1912-1915

Meeting minutes
      Minutes book, 1877-1886
      Minutes book, 1886-1903
      Minutes book, 1903-1906
      Minutes, 1906-1924

Membership
      Roll book, 1886-1895
      Roll book, 1894-1914
      Roll book, 1908-1914

Programs
      Questions discussed, 1860-1892
      Programs from events, 1892-1910
      Invitations to events, 1902-1914

Publications
      Phrenokosmiana, 1874-1913 [4 folders]

 

BOX LIST

Box 1
      Constitution, bylaws, and letters of certification
            Printed constitution, 1880-circa 1890
            Changes in the constitution, 1880-1890

      Financial records

            Accounts book, 1888-1903
            Accounts book, 1896-1904
            Dues book, 1906-1907
            Receipts, 1912-1915

      Membership
            Roll book, 1886-1895

      Programs
            Programs from events, 1892-1910
            Invitations to events, 1902-1914

Box 2
      Constitution, bylaws, and letters of certification
            Letter and certificate of organization, 1890

      Programs
            Questions discussed, 1860-1892

      Financial records
            Treasurer's book, 1867-1872
            Treasurer's book, 1872-1878
            Treasurer's book, 1879-1880

Box 3
      Financial records (continued)
            Treasurer's book, 1904-1916

      Membership
            Roll book, 1894-1914
            Roll book, 1908-1914

Box 4
      Meeting minutes
            Minutes book, 1877-1886
            Minutes, 1906-1924

Box 5
            Minutes book, 1886-1903

Box 6
            Minutes book, 1903-1906

Box 7 [oversize]
      Publications
            Phrenokosmiana, 1874-1913

 

RELATED COLLECTIONS

Adelphic Society records, MSS206; Lyceum records, MSS208

 

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