Eclectic Literary Society Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Michigan Agricultural College. Eclectic Literary Society.
Eclectic Literary Society records
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet 4 folders, 3 ledgers

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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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.

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Scope and Contents note

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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 2006

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Alpha Tau Omega. Epsilon Eta Chapter (Michigan State University).
  • Michigan Agricultural College. Eclectic Literary Society.
  • Michigan Agricultural College. Students. Societies, etc..
  • Michigan State College. Students. Societies, etc.


  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Programs (Publications)

Personal Name(s)

  • Kuhn, Madison


  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • College students -- Societies and clubs
  • Greek letter societies -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory


Scope and Contents note

Drawer Folder

Banquet Program 1897 

F.D. 1

Eclectic Society building 1906 

F.D. 2

Eclectic Society Directory 1906 - 1907, 1912 

F.D. 3

The Tic (newsletter) 1894, 1915, 1921, 1924 

F.D. 4
Box Folder

Café and house ledger 1916-1917 

2096H Vol. 1

Café and house ledger 1920-1926 

2096H Vol. 2

Treasurer's ledger 1917-1927 

2096H Vol. 3

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Photographs - MSU Collection 

MSU Photo Coll.

Students. Organizations. Alpha Tau Omega 

Students. Organizations. Eclectic Society 

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