Alpha Nu Literary Society (University of Michigan) records: 1843-1931
Summary Information
Title: Alpha Nu Literary Society (University of Michigan) records
Creator: Alpha Nu Literary Society (University of Michigan)
Inclusive dates: 1843-1931
Extent: 3 linear feet
Abstract:
University of Michigan student organization established in 1843 for the "intellectual improvement of its members." Members presented literary papers, held debates, and issued a manuscript periodical entitled "The Sybil." The record group consists of organizational records and “The Sybil.”
Call number: 8717 Bimu F41/2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The record group was transferred from the Library of the University of Michigan (donor 1278).

Access Restrictions:

The record group is open to research.

Access Restrictions for University of Michigan Records

University records are public records and once fully processed are generally open to research use. Records that contain personally identifiable information will be restricted in order to protect individual privacy. Certain administrative records are restricted in accordance with university policy as outlined below. The restriction of university records is subject to compliance with applicable laws, including the Freedom of Information Act.

Categories of Restricted Records:

  • Personnel related files , including search, review, promotion, and tenure files, are restricted for thirty years from date of creation.
  • Student educational records are restricted for seventy-five years from date of creation.
  • Patient/client records are restricted for one-hundred years from date of creation.
  • Executive Officers, Deans and Directors files . By university records policy in effect as of January 1, 2001, University records generated by the university's Executive Officers, Deans, Directors and their support offices are restricted for a period of twenty years from their date of accession by the Bentley Historical Library. The restriction is subject to applicable law, most notably the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
    • Files restricted for 10 years -- records added to a record group in this category prior to January 1, 2001 are restricted for a period of ten years from the date of creation
    • Files restricted for 20 years -- records added to a record group in this category after January 1, 2001 are restricted for a period of 20 years from the date they were added to the record group.

Restricted files are indicated in the contents list with a restriction note indicating the restriction type and the date of expiration.

  • CR (Client/Patient records, 100 years from date of creation)
  • PR (Personnel related records, 30 years from date of creation)
  • SR (Student educational records, 75 years from date of creation)
  • ER (Executive Officers, Deans and Directors records, 20 years from the date the material added to the record group)

For further information on the restriction policy and placing FOIA requests for restricted material, consult the reference archivist at the Bentley Historical Library or the University of Michigan Freedom of Information Office website at: http://www.umich.edu/~urel/foia.html

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Alpha Nu Literary Society (University of Michigan) Records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

The Alpha Nu Literary Society was formed in 1843 by students of the University of Michigan for the intellectual improvement of its members. The members of the organization debated literary topics, wrote essays which were then read to the group, and issued (in its earlier decades) a manuscript periodical entitled "The Sybil."


Collection Scope and Content Note

The record group consists of such organizational records as minutes of meetings, constitution and by-laws, treasurer's books, inventories of the Alpha Nu Library, membership book, and scattered correspondents and business papers. Correspondents in the papers include Lewis Cass, April 1846, Robert McClelland, January 1846, Henry R. Schoolcraft, December 1845,and Ezra C. Seaman. Also included are volumes of the manuscript periodical, "The Sybil," which date (with several gaps), from 1843 to 1931. Most of "The Sybil" are from the early period of Alpha Nu, 1843 to 1854.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • The Sybil.
  • University of Michigan -- Honorary societies.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Societies, etc.
  • Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866.
  • McClelland, Robert, 1807-1880.
  • Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864.
  • Seaman, Ezra C. (Ezra Champion), 1805-1880.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Organizational records [series]
 
Correspondence 1845-1850
Box   1  
1845
Box   1  
1846-1850
Box   1  
Papers 1845-1860
Box   1  
Miscellaneous business papers 1868-1885
 
Minutes 1859-1923
Box   1  
1859-1868
Box   1  
1868-1884
Box   1  
1884-1900
Box   1  
1900-1914
Box   1  
1914-1923
Box   1  
Constitution and By-Laws 1843
Box   1  
Constitution and By-Laws 1845
Box   1  
Revised Constitution and By-Laws 1867
Box   1  
Revised Constitution and By-Laws 1931
Box   2  
Membership book 1900-1929
Box   2  
Treasurer's book 1855-1862
 
Treasurer's book 1855-1862
Box   2  
Treasurer's book 1862-1881
Box   2  
Treasurer's book 1885-1890
Box   2  
Account books (5 volumes)
Box   2  
Catalogue of the Alpha Nu Library (7 volumes)
 
Manuscript periodical [series]
 
The Sibyl 1844-1931
Box   3  
1844-1845
Box   3  
1846-1850
Box   3  
1851
Box   3  
1852
Box   3  
1853
Box   3  
1854
Box   3  
1863
Box   3  
March 5, 1910, October 22, 1910, January 21, 1921
Box   3  
1931