Maury Literary Society, Records of Records of the Maury Literary Society, 1873-1928 RG.31.14.12

Records of the Maury Literary Society, 1873-1928 RG.31.14.12


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Miles Abernethy, Student Worker

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
RG.31.14.12
Title
Records of the Maury Literary Society 1873-1928
Quantity
0.9 Cubic Feet, 2 boxes
Creator
Maury Literary Society (1873-1928)
Language
The materials in this collection are in English.
Abstract
This collection includes the written minutes and papers of the Maury Literary Society from 1873 to 1928 and documents related to the personal awards of the society's namesake, Matthew F. Maury. The Maury Literary Society was formed from the split of the Virginia Literary Society in 1873 along with its counterpart the Lee Literary Society. MLS helped create the first student publication, the Gray Jacket , in 1875. The MLS folded in 1928.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Records of the Maury Literary Society, RG 31/14/12, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Records of the Maury Literary Society were acquired by the University Libraries and Special Collections and University Archives in multiple accruals from 1957 to 1985.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Records of the Maury Literary Society were completed in July 2021. Initial description was completed prior to 2002.


Administrative History

The Virginia Literary Society was formed in 1872 as the first student organization at the College. This Society split into the Sophsonian and Philomathian Societies in 1873. In May of that year, the Philomathian Society changed its name to the Maury Literary Society, in honor of Commodore Matthew Fontain Maury of Virginia. The Sophsonian had already become the Lee Literary Society in February. The Maury and Lee Literary Societies joined forces to produce the first student publication, the Gray Jacket , in 1875. In 1928, the two societies merged, but then folded one year later.

Scope and Content

This collection includes five volumes of handwritten minutes (1876-1887, 1890-1896, 1896-1903, 1915-1918, 1924-1928), a financial ledger (1891-1893), a membership roll book (1917-1928), constitution and bylaws (1921), programs, announcements, and correspondence. The 1890-1896 minute book contains membership rolls for 1890-1896 and the 1915-1918 minute book contains membership rolls for 1893-1894 and 1915-1918. Also included in the collection is an oratory medal awarded by the Society to M.F. Brown along with notes about Brown and another recipient, Scanland. Photographs of medals, orders of knighthood, and diamond pins given to Matthew Maury (for whom the Society was named) by the Crowned Heads of Europe and an accompanying card presenting these photos to the Society in June 1900 is also included.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.

Related Material

Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives also maintains the Records of the Lee Literary Society, RG 31/14/11 , and volumes of the Gray Jacket in the Rare Book Collection.

Separated Material

Duplicate copies of the 1921 Constitution and By-laws have been separated to the Rare Book Collection.

Several medals have been separated for display in the Alumni Museum: Best Orator for W. T. Pennington, 1875; Cochran Medal for Millard F. Brown as Best Debator, 1875; and Best Orator for F. E. Scanland, 1886.


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (1872-1896)
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Records of the Maury Literary Society by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 ( https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/ ).

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
Invitations to Commencement, Exercises, Debates
1873-1911
box 2
Minutes Record Book
1876-09-15-1887-10-08
box-folder 1 folder: 2
Papers Relating to Oratory Medals and Medal
1877, 1886
box-folder 2 folder: 1
VAMC Commencement Programme
1887
box 2
Society Dues Book
1891-1893
box 2
Minutes Record Book
1890-10-11-1896-03-11
box 1
Minutes Record Book
1896-03-21-1903-05-23
box 2
Minutes Record Book
1915-02-27-1918-05-11
box-folder 1 folder: 5
Papers Found in Record Books
1893/1894-1918
box-folder 1 folder: 6
Materials Related to Matthew F. Maury
1900, undated
box 2
Roll Book
1917/18-1928
box-folder 1 folder: 3
1921 Constitution and By-laws
box-folder 1 folder: 4
Lee-Maury Play Staff Documents
1926
box 1
Photograph of Medals Awarded to Matthew F. Maury
undated