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, University of Michigan
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 author: 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.

Copyright:

No copyright restrictions

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.


    Subjects:
    • University of Michigan--Honorary societies.
    • University of Michigan--Students--Societies, etc.
    Contributors:
    • Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866.
    • McClelland, Robert, 1807-1880.
    • Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864.
    • Seaman, Ezra C. (Ezra Champion), 1805-1880.
    • The Sybil
    Contents List
    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