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University of Nebraska--Lincoln. Palladian Literary Society



Founded by a student named J. Stuart Dales in the fall of 1871, the Palladian Literary Society was the first student organization at the University of Nebraska. Twenty-five charter members met in University Hall to decide on rules and bylaws, and the first open meeting was held on December 19, 1871, with readings, prayers, music, and a debate. The Palladian began the first student newspaper, the "Hesperian Student".

The organization had several disputes in 1873 and splintered into the Aldephian and an all female society called Pierian.  The Aldelphian Society disbanded in 1875, and in 1876 the Pierian rejoined the Palladians.  In 1875 the organization had the first female president. 

By the 1880's the Palladian Literary Society was the foundation of almost all student activities on campus. In 1883 it published the University's first yearbook, The Sombrero. By 1899 the Palldian Society had gotten so large that it was forced to break into two societies, the second being named the Delian Literary Society. 

In 1904 the Palladians moved into the Temple building, where they remained until World War II. They moved into the Student Union in 1962 and stayed there until they dissolved in 1969, due to a move to a fraternity/sorority system.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Alice Tuttle Clark, Papers

Identifier: MS-0130
Scope and Contents The collection consists of correspondence, printed materials, and scrapbooks, 1879-1928.  The correspondence primarily concerns family activities and includes undated prose describing a drive from California to New York.Materials relating to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, mostly from 1883-1885, are found in the correspondence and scrapbooks.  They include programs from the Palladian Literary Society, Philodicean Society, University Union, Charter Day, and the music...
Dates: 1879-1928

Hesperian & Daily Nebraskan, Student Publication Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-38-01-02
Scope and Contents Hesperian, Nebraskan, & Daily Nebraskan, Student Life Records contains the print volumes for the student newspapers the Hesperian Student (1876-1885), Hesperian (1885-1899), The Nebraskan (1892-1897), and the Daily Nebraskan (1904). Also contains photo negatives of Daily Nebraskan staff from...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1993-2001; Majority of material found within 1876-1905

Palladian Literary Society, Student Life Records

 Collection — Item Reels
Identifier: RG-38-03-06
Scope and Contents The majority of the Palladian records document the internal workings of the society. There is correspondence, meeting minutes, fiscal records, programs, reports, newsletters, and humor publications. Additional items, such as photographs and scrapbooks were kept and donated by society members. The records include information on several alumni banquets and anniversary celebrations. The records are listed within series, including those of the active society, along with those for the Links, the...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1871-2002

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Photographs 2
College student newspapers and periodicals 1
College students 1
Scrapbooks 1
Societies and clubs 1