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The Anscombe Society Records


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Princeton University. Anscombe Society.

The Anscombe Society is a student organization founded at Princeton University in 2005 with the stated mission to affirm the importance family, marriage, and a proper understanding for the role of sex and sexuality. Throughout its history at Princeton, the Society has sponsored dozens of lectures, panels, and speakers to bring forward their mission. In 2009, the Society proposed the creation of a Center for Abstinence and Chastity, which the University rejected later that year. The organization named itself after British philosopher Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret (G.E.M.) Anscombe, who died four years before the group's inception.

Digital Folders: 3

The Anscombe Society Records document the organization's first decade of activities, especially the group's proposed Center for Abstinence and Chastity. The collection also holds records of news stories by prominent members of the Society as well as posters for events open to Princeton students and the general public. Topics covered in the collection include same-sex marriage, student life, and sexuality.

The collection is arranged into three series by genre and function of record.

The records were transferred to the University Archives in 2016 as part of the Archiving Student Activism at Princeton (ASAP) initiative (AR.2016.032).

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This collection was processed by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016. Finding aid written by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016. Finding aid updated by Valencia L. Johnson in 2019.

No materials were separated from the collection.

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Collection Inventory

Center for Abstinence and Chastity, 2009. 13 digital files.


Scope and Contents

Digital Folders: 1

This folder contains planning documents, memos, drafts, and publicity files for the organization's proposed Center for Abstinence and Chastity, which it proposed to University administration in 2009. The University rejected the organization's proposal that same year.

Physical Description

13 digital files

News Articles, 2005-2015. 53 digital files.


Scope and Contents

Digital Folders: 1

This folder includes op-ed articles and news stories written by and about the Anscombe Society. Newspaper clippings in this folder are from the Daily Princetonian, Princeton Alumni Weekly, New York Times, National Review, among others. Issues covered in the articles include debates on same-sex marriage and the group's proposed Chastity Center.

Physical Description

53 digital files

Posters, 2013-2016. 7 digital files.


Scope and Contents

Digital Folders: 1

This folder consists of flyers and posters for events hosted by the Society. Also included is a brief recounting of the organization's history.

Physical Description

7 digital files

Princeton University. Anscombe Society.. Anscombe Society Public Website, 2013. 1 website.
Physical Description

1 website

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