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A Guide to the Athenaeum Club Records

Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
August 2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Athenaeum Club (Gainesville, Fla.)
Title: Athenaeum Club Records
Dates: 1905-2008
Abstract: Minutes, correspondence, a constitution and by-laws, lists of members, and a brief history of the University of Florida Athenaeum Club.
Extent: 4 Linear feet. 9 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 55
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Athenaeum Club, named after the Greek Goddess Athena, goddess of wisdom, art, industries and warfare, was founded in 1905 by President Andrew Sledd and several faculty members to provide a forum where faculty could exchange ideas and opinions concerning contemporary issues. It is the oldest faculty organization at the University of Florida. Sledd served as first president, Edward R. Flint, professor of chemistry, as vice-president, and Charles L. Crow, professor of romance languages, as secretary.

Club by-laws stipulate that each member must submit a paper and lead a discussion period with the intent to deposit all essays in the library or submit them for publication. Material for speeches concern such topics as health and science, sociology, economics, history, the supernatural, nature and conservation, geography, energy, etc.

Scope and Content

The collection includes minutes, correspondence, a constitution and by-laws, lists of members, and a brief history. Also included are copies of papers delivered between 1967 and 1994 as well as several earlier ones.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Athenaeum Club Records, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1A Record book (minutes, constitution, by-laws, lists of members, titles of papers), 1905-1911
1A Record book, 1911-1923
1A Record book, 1924-1937
1A Roll book, 1930-1934
1A Lists of speakers and some papers
1A Membership lists and rolls
1A Miscellany
1 Addresses, n.d.
1 Constitution, 1949
1 Lists of members, n.d.
1 Correspondence, 1941-1964
1 Correspondence and minutes, 1965-1966
2 Minute books, 1937-1964
3 Minutes, correspondence, and papers, 1967-1968
3 Brief History of Athenaeum Club
4 Minutes and presentations, 1979-1983
5 Constitution, Membership Records, Meeting Notices, Meeting records, 1987-March 2, 1992
6 Meeting minutes and records, March 16, 1992-Dec. 5, 1994
7 Meeting minutes and records, 1995-2002
8 Meeting minutes and records, 2003-2008

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

University of Florida--Faculty.

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