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The Excelsior


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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The Lyceum was founded 10th month 25, 1853 by members of the class of 1856. It disbanded soon after their graduation, but was influential in the founding of the Athenaeum, which was founded in 1855.

The Lyceum was a literary society that hosted discussions and readings. They published The Excelsior monthly.

Vol. 1, no. 5, 4th month 8th, 1854. Contents include poetry and prose on topics such as slavery in the United States, a Jewish legend, Robin Hood, and female influence.

Single issue

Gift of B.W. Beesley, May 1906.

Processed by Lauryn White and Sarah Horowitz, completed November 2020

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Lauryn White and Sarah Horowitz
Finding Aid Date
November, 2020
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

April 1854.
Box 1

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