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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 Gavel Club, the Wolfe Fund, and the Avery Lecture series. Materials such as photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts are found at the end of the container list.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1871-2002


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The Palladian Literary Society started in fall of 1871 as the first student organization on campus. The society took its name from the Greek goddess Pallas Athene. The society held a meeting each Friday night that included literary readings, music, and debates. Additional activities included banquets for active members and alumni, and a picnic each spring in Crete, Nebraska. Initially the alumni association for the society were named the Links. The Gavel Club identified the past presidents. Active membership in the society declined in the 1960s although the alumni continued to celebrate with anniversary programs. The last program for the Palladian Society took place in 2000.


17.5 Linear Feet (33 boxes, microfilm reels)

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Related Materials

Additional student periodicals and publications are located in University Archives Record Group 38.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States