Carlyle Literary Society (Purdue University)
- Existence: 1881 - 1923
The Carlyle Literary Society was started in 1881. Originally a part of the Irving Literary Society, the twenty-six founding members of the Carlyle left the Irving as a result of growing discontent within the society. The Carlyle, like the other literary societies at Purdue, hosted annual events showcasing their skills. The society was also involved in the publication of The Purdue (an early student-run newspaper) and eventually The Exponent. The Carlyle held weekly meetings in Society Hall, a space they shared with the Philalethian Literary Society (the first women’s society on campus). The Carlyle Literary Society eventually joined four literary societies at other universities to found Kappa Phi Sigma, a national honorary literary fraternity in 1923. After this time, the Carlyle Literary Society as a distinct entity ceased to function, instead acting under the auspices of Kappa Phi Sigma. This may have been due in part to the apparent decrease in student interest in such societies around this time. Kappa Phi Sigma was active until 1937, when it no longer appeared in the student handbook lists of activities and organizations.
CitationDebris yearbooks, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.
MSP 101, Philalethean Literary Society records, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.
MSP 34, Irving Literary Society records, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 141
Abstract The collection includes record books documenting the meetings, finances, and constitution of the society, as well as programs from society-sponsored events and surveys for prospective new members.
Dates: 1881 - 1922
Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 143
Overview This collection includes a ledger book with the transcribed constitutions of Purdue literary societies, as well as a folder containing previously removed loose pages.
Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 245
Scope and Contents Includes a complete run of The Purdue student newspaper of the 1880s, which ran from 1882-1888. A total of 54 issues appear in the collection, separated into six volumes. Volume 1 has eight issues, published monthly from November 1882 until June 1883. Volumes 2 through 6 have nine issues each, published monthly from October to June. There is also a Special Edition issue published in June 1888, in addition to the regularly published June issue for that year. Also present in the...
Dates: November 1882 - June 1888