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Philomathean Society Minutes



Philomathean Society Minutes


The Philomathean Society is a woman's Greek letter organization that was founded in 1871. Their members were, and still are referred to as Philos. In 1924, the group changed its name to the Phi Lambda Omicron Sorority, which is what it is referred to as today. In the 19th and early 20th century the organization mainly focused on debates, reading and music. The minutes from the weekly meeting of the Philomathean Society on January 3rd, 1873, written by secretary Lulu Donnel, include a description of calling the meeting to order, roll call, and approving the previous meetings minutes by the President, Mary Goodell. The document outlines the debate held at the meeting held between Maggie Keene, who argued the Affirmation, and Ella Scott, who argued the Negation. The topic they debated was, "Resolved, the Indian is entittled to all the priviledges of a White man." This document was extracted from a collection of the minutes of the Philmathean society from 1871 to 1879, written by hand in a single document.


Donnell, Lulu



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Donnell, Lulu, “Philomathean Society Minutes,” Pacific University Archives Exhibits, accessed March 24, 2019,

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