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Everett Society records

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The Everett Society, known for its patriotism and anti-slavery sentiments, was founded by students February 27th, 1858, in response to the exclusivity of the existing literary societies, including the Haverford Athenaeum. There were 15 original members, and the Everett Society quickly grew in membership. Activities of the club included declamations, orations, and debates. Additionally, the Everett Society encouraged its members to produce original compositions and essays. Many of these original compositions and essays were published in The Bud, the Everett Society's private manuscript paper, which was published between 1858 and 1887, amounting to 29 volumes. Beginning in 1859, just one year after the clubs founding, the Everett Society began to offer prizes for the best original essay and poems, which created completion and generated interests in membership. In 1866, the Society founded the Everett Library that held a large collection of current literature which was eventually housed in the Haverford College library.

In 1889, the Everett Society merged with the Haverford Athenaeum to form the Everett-Athenaeum Society in an effort to increase student interest and membership, although attendance unfortunately did not increase.

The Everett Society records are arranged in seven series. The first series is the Constitution and By-Laws series, which includes one very large and detailed volume as well as five smaller and more condensed editions. The second series is the Meeting Minutes series, with eight volumes of minutes recorded by the Everett Society's secretary between the years 1858 and 1893. The third series, Administrative Records, contains a detailed membership roster spanning the years 1858 to 1892, a register of the Everett Library, and various reports from the Officers of the Everett Society, from the years 1860 to 1882, with an absence of records between 1871 and 1882. The fourth series, Financial Records, contains four account books, one treasurer's book which includes various bills and orders, and a small selection of payment receipts; this series spans the years 1859 to 1887. The fifth series, The Bud, contains all volumes of the Everett Society's private literary journal from the year 1858 to 1884. The sixth series, Events and Addresses, contains a Contests and Prizes folder with various advertisements and programs for scholarly contests with awards from the Everett Society, and an Invitations and Programs folder with publications regarding celebrations such as the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Everett Society and scholarly events such as the readings presented by Everett Society members; this series also includes three copies of one full length essay read by Henry T. Coates. The final series, Miscellaneous, contains a variety of items related to the Everett Society, including an unbound copy of an essay written on the Everett Library, correspondence from alumni, and other miscellaneous documents.

Series 1. Constitution and By-Laws, 1858, 1885

Series 2. Meeting Minutes, 1858-1893

Series 3. Administrative Records, 1858-1892

Series 4. Financial Records, 1859-1887

Series 5. The Bud, 1858-1884

Series 6. Events and Addresses, 1883-1939

Series 7. Miscellaneous, 1821, 1863, 1896, 1993, undated

Acquisition unknown.

Processed by Natalia Gutierrez-Jones; completed February, 2016.

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Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Natalia Gutierrez-Jones
Finding Aid Date
February, 2016
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

The Everett Society: Constitution, By-laws, Rules and Role of Members , 1858.
Volume 1
Constitution and By-Laws of the Everett Literary Society of Haverford College, 1885.
Box 1 Folder 1
Container Summary

5 copies

Minute Book, 1858-1868.
Volume 2
Minute Book, 1862-1865.
Volume 3
Minute Book, 1865-1868.
Volume 4
Minute Book, 1868-1873.
Volume 5
Minute Book, 1868-1884.
Volume 6
Minute Book, 1873-1882.
Volume 7
Minute Book, 1882-1888.
Volume 8
Minute Book, 1884-1893.
Volume 9

Membership Roster, 1858-1892.
Volume 10
Register of the Everett Library, 1872-1880.
Volume 11
Reports, 1860-1862.
Box 1 Folder 2
Reports, 1863-1864.
Box 1 Folder 3
Reports, 1865-1866.
Box 1 Folder 4
Reports, 1868-1869.
Box 1 Folder 5
Reports, 1870-1871.
Box 1 Folder 6
Reports, 1882, undated.
Box 1 Folder 7

Everett Society Treasurer's Book , 1859-1881.
Volume 12
Everett Society Account Book, 1859-1862.
Volume 13
Everett Society Account Book, 1862-1866.
Volume 14
Everett Society Account Book, 1867-1881.
Volume 15
Everett Society Account Book, 1881-1887.
Volume 16
Miscellaneous Financial records, 1862-1886.
Box 1 Folder 8

The Bud, Vol. 1, 1858.
Volume 17
The Bud, Vol. 2, 1859.
Volume 18
The Bud, Vol. 3, 1860.
Volume 19
The Bud, Vol. 4, 1861.
Volume 20
The Bud, Vol. 5, 1862.
Volume 21
The Bud, Vol. 6, 1863.
Volume 22
The Bud, Vol. 7, 1864.
Volume 23
The Bud, Vol. 8, 1866.
Volume 24
The Bud, Vol. 9, 1865.
Volume 25
The Bud, Vol. 10, 1867.
Volume 26
The Bud, Vol. 11, 1868.
Volume 27
The Bud, Vol. 12, 1869.
Volume 28
The Bud, Vol. 13, 1870.
Volume 29
The Bud, Vol. 14, 1871.
Volume 30
The Bud, Vol. 15, 1872.
Volume 31
The Bud, Vol. 16, 1873.
Volume 32
The Bud, Vol. 17, 1974.
Volume 33
The Bud, Vol. 18, 1875.
Volume 34
The Bud, Vol. 19, 1876.
Volume 35
The Bud, Vol. 20, 1877.
Volume 36
The Bud, Vol. 21, 1878.
Volume 37
The Bud, Vol. 22, 1879.
Volume 38
The Bud, Vol. 23, 1880.
Volume 39
The Bud, Vol. 24, 1881.
Volume 40
The Bud, Vol. 25, 1882-1883.
Volume 41
The Bud, Vol. 26, 1883-1884.
Volume 42

Everett Society Prize Awarded to Richard J. White , December 18, 1885.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 1
The Second Annual Freshman-Sophomore Contest for the Everett Society Prize , 1898.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 2
The Third Annual Freshman-Sophomore Contest for the Everett Society Prize , 1899.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 3
The Fourth Annual Freshman-Sophomore Contest for the Everett Society Prize , 1900.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 4
The Fifth Annual Freshman-Sophomore Contest for the Everett Society Prize , 1901.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 5
Annual Contest in Extemporaneous Speaking for the Everett Society Prize (a Silver Medal) between the Sophomore and Freshman Classes of Haverford College , 1902.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 6
Annual Contest in Extemporaneous Speaking for the Everett Society Medal , 1903.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 7
Annual Contest in Extemporaneous Speaking for the Everett Society Prize (a Silver Medal) between the Sophomore and Freshman Classes of Haverford College , 1905.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 8
Annual Contest in Extemporaneous Speaking for the Everett Society Prize (a Silver Medal) between the Sophomore and Freshman Classes , 1907.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 9
Annual Contest in Extemporaneous Speaking for the Everett Society Prize (a Silver Medal) between the Sophomore and Freshman Classes of Haverford College , 1908.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 10
Haverford College Annual Sophomore-Freshman Debate for the Trophy, Everett Society Prizes, and Everett Medal , 1927.
Box 1 Folder 9 Item 11
Invitation to the Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Everett Society, 1883.
Box 1 Folder 10 Item 1
25th Anniversary of the Founding of the Everett Society, 1883.
Box 1 Folder 10 Item 2
25th Anniversary of the Founding of the Everett Society of Haverford College, March 30, 1883.
Box 1 Folder 10 Item 3
Notification M.C. Morris will read an essay before the Every Society on A Day's Climbing in the Catskills, 1884.
Box 1 Folder 10 Item 4
Notification M.C. Morris will Declaim before the Everett Society, 1885.
Box 1 Folder 10 Item 5
Notification M.C. Morris will read an essay before the Everett Society on the Great Wall of China, 1885.
Box 1 Folder 10 Item 6
Notification: Samuel Morris will declaim before the Everett Society, November 12, 1885.
Box 1 Folder 10 Item 7
Notification Samuel Morris will read an essay before the Everett Society , February 19, 1886.
Box 1 Folder 10 Item 8
Program for "The Annual Sophomore-Freshman Contest for the Trophy Everett Society Prizes and Everett Medal" and "The Annual Alumni Prize for Composition and Oratory Senior-Junior Contest" , April 27, 1939.
Box 1 Folder 10 Item 9
Address by Henry T. Coates read at the 25th anniversary of the Everett Society , 1884.
Box 1 Folder 11
Container Summary

3 copies

Correspondence, 1883-1896.
Box 1 Folder 12
Innocent Scandals: The Secret Library of the Everett Society , 1993.
Box 1 Folder 13
Scope and Contents

A thirty page essay by Michael S. Freeman with information regarding the history of the Everett Society's library.

Miscellaneous, Undated.
Box 1 Folder 14

Print, Suggest