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Collection Number: 40166

Collection Title: Philanthropic Society of the University of North Carolina Records, 1795-1959

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Size 31.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1200 items)
Abstract The Philanthropic Society was the second of two literary societies formed in 1795, the year the University of North Carolina opened. Throughout the nineteenth century, nearly all students were members of one of these societies. Students from the eastern portion of the state tended to belong to the Philanthropic Society and those from the western portion to the Dialectic Society. The societies provided literary and oratorical training, and exercised many of the functions of student government. They also acquired books and developed extensive libraries. In 1886, the societies merged their libraries into the university library. Records of the Philanthropic Society include minutes, inaugural addresses of society presidents, commencement addresses, debates, bills and resolutions, correspondence, committee records, treasurers' records, membership records, the constitution and bylaws, library catalogs and circulation records, and publicity records. Correspondence concerns requests for portraits, library book orders, invitations to deliver addresses, and financial matters. Committee records include reports of the alumni, arrangements, constitutional, education, executive, finance, housing, librarian, membership, properties, ways and means, and special committees. Treasurers' records include members' accounts, accounts of income and expenditures, records of fines, and receipts for payments of society debts. Membership records include membership lists and records of attendance at society meetings. Library records include catalogs of holdings, 1835-1880s, and circulation records, 1817-1886.
Creator University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Philanthropic Society.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Philanthropic Society of the University of North Carolina Records #40166, University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available.
  • Reel 1: Series 1, Folder 1
  • Reel 2: Series 1, Folder 2
  • Reel 3: Series 1, Folder 4
  • Reel 4: Series 1, Folder 5
  • Reel 5: Series 1, Oversize Volume SV-40166/1
  • Reel 6: Series 1, Oversize Volume SV-40166/2
  • Reel 7: Series 1, Oversize Volume SV-40166/3
  • Reel 8: Series 1, Oversize Volume SV-40166/4
  • Reel 9: Series 1, Folders 6-7
  • Reel 10: Series 1, Oversize Volumes SV-40166/5-6
  • Reel 11: Series 1, Folders 8-9
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Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The University of North Carolina opened its doors on 15 January 1795. The first recorded meeting of its student Debating Society occurred less than five months later, on 3 June 1795. Undoubtedly, Tutor Charles W. Harris had some influence on its creation, since he had been attended the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) and was familiar with the Whig Society there. Thirty-one members pledged to abide by the laws of the Debating Society. However, at its third meeting, on 25 June 1795, a motion was made to divide into two separate societies. Voting on the motion was postponed for a week; and at a meeting on 2 July, a vote was taken, the motion passed, and a second society was created. It was called the Concord Society. The records of the societies do not reveal why the division was made. Historians have suggested that it may have been because of political differences, or disagreement over the powers of the Censor Morum (the Debating Society officer who inspected the conduct and morals of the members), or simply a desire to provide more frequent opportunities for debate. The following year both societies changed their names to the Greek equivalents. The Debating Society became the Dialectic Society on 25 August 1796, and on 29 August 1796 the Concord Society became the Philanthropic Society.

In his History of the University of North Carolina, Kemp P. Battle wrote, "The Fundamental Laws, afterward called Constitution, and the course of proceedings of the two societies were much alike. In the Concord for a short while new members could be admitted by a majority vote. . . I notice no other material differences, and I make no further distinction between the two in endeavoring to reproduce their action." The stated goals of both societies were the cultivation of friendship and the promotion of useful knowledge. The latter included development of the members' debating skill, writing style, and knowledge of parliamentary rules. Officers of the societies included a president; a clerk; a treasurer; a censor morum; and two correctors, who reviewed the members' compositions. The censor morum, whose powers were more restricted than those of the Debating Society officer, was later replaced by a vice-president.

Members were divided into three classes; and alternately at each meeting one class read, another composed, and the third spoke. Reading meant reading aloud a passage from an author, while speaking (or declaiming) meant reciting from memory a passage from a famous speech. Those composing had to read aloud short essays they had written. Meetings were held once a week (later, twice a week). In addition to the three activities described above, each meeting included a debate, in which two of the members would argue a predetermined question. The societies awarded diplomas, and although not an academic diploma, a society diploma was a distinct honor conferred on a member who was well respected and had performed his society duties outstandingly.

In support of their activities the societies acquired, by gift and purchase, extensive library and portrait collections. For the most part, books were purchased from funds provided by dues and fees imposed on the members. Eventually, the societies' combined libraries became larger than the university library. According to Kemp P. Battle, "as early as 1835 there were about 6,000 well-selected books in the two, probably the best collection in the State." By 1875, the Dialectic Society alone had amassed 6,943 volumes. In 1886, the two societies merged their library holdings into the university's collection.

Until 1848, the societies met in their libraries, which were on the third floor of South Building. The additions to Old East and Old West completed in 1848 included new quarters for the societies--the Dialectic in Old West and the Philanthropic in Old East. In 1860, the societies moved to chambers in New East and New West.

By virtue of their concern with the conduct of their members, the societies also functioned as the campus student government for over a century and were instrumental in the development of the Honor System. Bad conduct by one member was thought to reflect on the entire society. The societies imposed fines for various offenses, and it was not uncommon for them to impeach members for repeated or excessive misconduct. Around 1890, the faculty, interested in fostering student self-government, began to refer cases of cheating to the societies. But by 1910 the societies' disciplinary role in cases of cheating, hazing, and numerous other offenses had been assumed by the Student Council (established in 1904 as the University Council).

Throughout most of the university's history, membership in the societies was voluntary; and new members were admitted by a vote of the old members. Nevertheless, until the twentieth century, almost the entire student body belonged to one of the two societies. Generally though not exclusively, students from the eastern portion of the state joined the Philanthropic Society and those from the western portion joined the Dialectic Society. This practice may grown out of the early sectional rivalry between east and west.

The societies disbanded during Reconstruction, when the university was closed. But following the university's reopening in 1875, they reorganized and flourished. In 1885, a resolution of the Board of Trustees required all enrolled students ("except medical, law, and students taking postgraduate or special courses, and such as may be specially excused by the faculty") to belong to one of the societies. This action resulted from the urging of University President Kemp P. Battle and the faculty, who wanted to foster the societies' disciplinary function. By 1895, however, the university had dropped this membership requirement; the course catalog published in that year states that "although membership in the societies is entirely optional, yet it is earnestly recommended by the faculty."

In 1919, the Philanthropic Society reorganized itself according to the plan of the General Assembly of North Carolina and became the Philanthropic Assembly. In 1924, the Dialectic Society reorganized as the Dialectic Senate. Over the next several decades, more and more student groups emerged to vie for members; and by the mid-1950s, membership in both societies had declined to an alarming level. In 1959, in an effort to ensure continuation of the organizations, the Senate and the Assembly merged into the Dialectic and Philanthropic Joint Senate.

More detailed information on the history of the Dialectic and Philanthropic societies will be found in the following sources:

Battle, Kemp P. History of the University of North Carolina , 2 volumes, 1907, 1912.

McLean, Hallie S. "The History of the Dialectic Society, 1795-1860" (Thesis, M.A.), University of North Carolina, 1949.

Murphy, Evangeline Burbank. "The Growth of the Library of the Philanthropic Society at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1797-1822" (Thesis, M.S.L.S.), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979.

York, Maurice C. "The Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies' Efforts at Library Development at the University of North Carolina, 1875-1906" (Thesis, M.S.L.S.), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977.

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Records of the Philanthropic Society at the University of North Carolina include minutes, inaugural addresses of society presidents, commencement addresses, debates, bills and resolutions, correspondence, committee records, treasurers' records, membership records, the constitution and bylaws, library catalogs and circulation records, and publicity records. Correspondence concerns requests for portraits, library book orders, invitations to deliver addresses, and financial matters. Committee records include reports of the alumni, arrangements, constitutional, education, executive, finance, housing, librarian, membership, properties, ways and means, and special committees. Treasurers' records include members' accounts, accounts of income and expenditures, records of fines, and receipts for payments of society debts. Membership records include membership lists and records of attendance at society meetings. Library records include catalogs of holdings, 1835-1880s, and circulation records, 1817-1886.

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Contents list

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1. Minutes, 1795-1959.
2. Addresses/Debates, Bills/Resolutions, and Correspondence, 1804-1959 and undated.
2.1. Addresses/Debates, 1842-1958.
2.2. Bills/Resolutions, 1851-1959.
2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated.
3. Committee Records, 1841-1953 and undated.
3.1. Alumni Committee, 1947-1952.
3.2. Arrangements Committee, 1851-1868.
3.3. Committee on Books, 1852-1881.
3.4. Constitutional Committee, 1850s, 1951-1952.
3.5. Education Committee, 1851-1878.
3.6. Executive Committee, 1951-1952.
3.7. Finance Committee, 1841-1953.
3.8. Housing Committee, 1952.
3.9. Interim Committee, 1949-1950.
3.10. Investigating Committee on Alleged Violations of Summer Organizing Bill, 1948.
3.11. Librarian Committee, 1866-1881.
3.12. Magnum Medal Committee, 1952.
3.13. Membership Committee, 1948-1952.
3.14. Phi-Di Committee, 1879-1880, 1949-1952.
3.15. Properties Committee, 1948-1952.
3.16. Publicity Committee, 1948-1952.
3.17. Supervisor and Council, 1852-1882.
3.18. Ways and Means Committee, 1947-1953.
3.19. Special Committees, 1850-1889 and undated.
4. Treasurers' Records, 1813-1926.
4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926.
4.2. Day Books, 1830-1913.
4.3. Fine Books, 1876-1923.
4.4. Receipt Books, 1861-1908.
5. Membership Records, 1795-1959.
5.1. Catalog of Members, 1795-1930.
5.2. Roll Books, 1906-1959.
5.3. Diplomas.
6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954.
7. Library Records, 1817-1889.
7.1. Catalogs of Holdings, 1835-1889.
7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886.
8. Publicity Records, 1947-1959.

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Arrangement: chronological.

This series contains the secretary's or clerk's records of society meetings. In addition to notations on business and debates, the minute volumes contain scattered library lists, society constitutions, membership lists, and financial records. Committee reports and society resolutions are often a part of the minutes, especially originating in the 19th century.

Folder 1

August 1795-January 1797 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 1

Bound volume; Minutes, August 1795-October 1797, are published in R. D. W. Connor's two-volume Documentary History of the University of North Carolina, 1776-1799 ; microfilm copy available.

Folder 2

February 1797-March 1799 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 2

Bound volume; microfilm copy available.

Folder 3

April 1799-June 1803 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 3

Bound volume.

Folder 4

June 1803-June 1808 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 4

Bound volume; microfilm copy available.

Folder 5

July 1808-January 1814 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 5

Bound volume.

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January 1814-October 1814 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/1

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October 1814-July 1821 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/2

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August 1821-July 1832 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/3

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November 1832-August 1840 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/4

Folder 6

August 1840-August 1844 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 6

Bound volume; microfilm copy available.

Folder 7

September 1844-November 1847 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 7

Bound volume; microfilm copy available.

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November 1847-January 1853 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/5

Microfilm copy available.

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January 1853-April 1856 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/6

Microfilm copy available.

Digital version: Philanthropic Society Minutes, 10 and 11 August 1855

Documenting the American South

Folder 8

April 1856-November 1858 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 8

Bound volume; microfilm copy available.

Folder 9

January 1859-July 1863 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 9

Bound volume; microfilm copy available.

Folder 10

July 1863-May 1866 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 10

Bound volume.

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May 1866-October 1876 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/7

There are no volumes for May 1868-September 1875. The University of North Carolina was closed February 1871-September 1875.

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October 1876-November 1882 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/8

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November 1882-May 1888 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/9

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August 1888-June 1893 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/10

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September 1893-October 1897 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/11

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October 1897-May 1901 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/12

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September 1901-April 1905 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/13

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April 1905-January 1909 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/14

No volume has survived for the period February 1909-March 1913.

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April 1913-March 1926 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/15

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September 1926-April 1941 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/16

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October 1941-May 1943, July 1946-November 1949 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." SV-40166/17

Folder 11

January 1950-March 1953 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 11

Bound volume.

Folder 12

March 1953-May 1959 #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 12

Bound volume.

Folder 13

October 1956-May 1959, Executive Session #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 13

Bound volume.

Folder 14

1814-1876, Synopses of Minutes #40166, Series: "1. Minutes, 1795-1959." Folder 14

Bound volume.

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Arrangement: alphabetical by topic, then chronological.

This series contains materials supportive of, and often duplicated in, the society's minutes in Series 1.

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This subseries includes the correspondence of the society's president, secretary, and/or clerk as well as the society's Committee on Correspondence. The letters deal with requests for portraits, library book orders, billing for payment of dues and fees, invitations to deliver commencement addresses, and other topics.

Folder 28

1804-1824 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1825-1829 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1830-1831 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1832 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

1833-1836 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

1837-1839 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

1840-1841 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

1842-1843 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

1844-1846 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

1847 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

1848-1849 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

1850 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

1851-1852 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

1853-1855 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

1856-1865 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

1866-1867 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 43

The University of North Carolina was closed February 1871-September 1875; no correspondence exists for this time period.

Folder 44

1875-1877 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

1878-1886 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

1945-1946 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

1947 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

1948 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

1949 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

1950 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

1951 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

1952 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

1953 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

1954-1956 #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

Undated #40166, Subseries: "2.3. Correspondence, 1804-1956 and undated." Folder 55

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Arrangement: alphabetical.

This series contains the reports of the committees created by the society. There is little other than committee reports in these files. The Committee on Correspondence materials are included in Subseries 2.3. Materials produced by various special committees are in Subseries 3.19. Additional information on society committees, including reports, is in the Minutes in Series 1.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.11. Librarian Committee, 1866-1881.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.13. Membership Committee, 1948-1952.

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Arrangement: by type of account, then chronological.

This series contains the financial records of the Philanthropic Society as maintained by the treasurer and the Finance Committee. The society's main source of income was members' dues supplemented by fines assessed for conduct violations and for misuse of library privileges.

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This subseries contains accounts arranged by members' names. The information consists of dues and fines assessed and paid.

Folder 75

Record of Pecuniary Donations, 1813-1830 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 75

Bound volume.

Folder 76

1813-1816 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 76

Bound volume.

Folder 77

1816-1819 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 77

Bound volume.

Folder 78

1819-1821 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 78

Bound volume; also included is the treasurer's ledger, 1819-1821.

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1821-1824 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." SV-40166/18

Also included is the treasurer's ledger, 1821-1824.

Folder 79

1824-1827 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 79

Bound volume; also included is the treasurer's ledger, 1824-1827.

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1827-1834 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." SV-40166/19

Also included is the treasurer's ledger, 1827-1834.

Folder 80

1834-1838 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 80

Bound volume; also included is the treasurer's ledger, 1834-1838.

Folder 81

1838-1842 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 81

Bound volume; also included is the treasurer's ledger, 1838-1842.

Folder 82

1843-1851 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 82

Bound volume.

Folder 83

1851-1856 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 83

Bound volume.

Also included is the treasurer's ledger, 1851-1856.

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1856-1859 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." SV-40166/20

Folder 84

1859-1868 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 84

Bound volume.

Folder 85

1878-1882 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 85

Bound volume.

Folder 86

1883-1888 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 86

Bound volume.

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1888 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." SV-40166/21

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1888-1897 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." SV-40166/22

Folder 87

1893-1901 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 87

Bound volume.

Folder 88

1899-1904 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 88

Bound volume.

Folder 89

1903-1906 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 89

Bound volume.

Folder 90

1906-1907 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 90

Bound volume.

Folder 91

1907-1908 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 91

Bound volume.

Folder 92

1908-1909 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 92

Bound volume.

Folder 93

1909-1910 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 93

Bound volume.

Folder 94

1910-1911 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 94

Bound volume.

Folder 95

1911-1912 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 95

Bound volume.

Folder 96

1914-1915, 1921-1922 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 96

Bound volume.

Folder 97

1916-1917, 1926 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 97

Bound volume.

Folder 98

1917-1918 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 98

Bound volume.

Folder 99

1918-1919 #40166, Subseries: "4.1. Members' Accounts, 1813-1926." Folder 99

Bound volume.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.2. Day Books, 1830-1913.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.3. Fine Books, 1876-1923.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.4. Receipt Books, 1861-1908.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Membership Records, 1795-1959.

Arrangement: by subject, then chronological.

This series includes membership lists and records of attendance at society meetings. The lists in the form of "Catalogues of Members" were originally created when members entered their signatures to record acceptance of the society's constitution and bylaws.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.1. Catalog of Members, 1795-1930.

These volumes provide lists of members by year with home addresses given in some cases. See also Stephen B. Weeks, editor, Register of Members of the Philanthropic Society (Raleigh, N.C., 1887).

Folder 126

1795-1855 #40166, Subseries: "5.1. Catalog of Members, 1795-1930." Folder 126

Bound volume.

Folder 127

1799-1861 #40166, Subseries: "5.1. Catalog of Members, 1795-1930." Folder 127

Bound volume.

Oversize Volume SV-40166/24

1856-1899 #40166, Subseries: "5.1. Catalog of Members, 1795-1930." SV-40166/24

Bound volume.

Folder 128

1875-1886 #40166, Subseries: "5.1. Catalog of Members, 1795-1930." Folder 128

Bound volume.

Folder 129

1889-1930 #40166, Subseries: "5.1. Catalog of Members, 1795-1930." Folder 129

Bound volume.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.2. Roll Books, 1906-1959.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.3. Diplomas.

This subseries consists of one oversize folder containing the original negative and one positive print of the Philanthropic Society diploma as well as multiple copies of blank diplomas.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-40166/1

Diplomas #40166, Subseries: "5.3. Diplomas." OPF-40166/1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954.

Arrangement: chronological.

This series includes versions of the society constitution and bylaws with amendments proposed and adopted. The original constitution, as adopted in 1795, is recorded in Volume 1 of the Minutes in Series 1. See also the Constitutional Committee records, Subseries 3.4.

Folder 136

1802-1813 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 136

Folder 137

1807-1838 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 137

Bound volume.

Folder 138

1838-1864 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 138

Bound volume.

Folder 139

1841 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 139

Bound volume.

Folder 140

1846 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 140

Folder 141

1858, 1877-1878 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 141

Bound volume.

Oversize Volume SV-40166/25

1866 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." SV-40166/25

Oversize Volume SV-40166/26

1881-1887 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." SV-40166/26

Oversize Volume SV-40166/27

1889-1893 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." SV-40166/27

Oversize Volume SV-40166/28

1893-1900 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." SV-40166/28

Folder 142

1904 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 142

Bound volume.

Folder 143

1908-1909 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 143

Bound volume.

Folder 144

1920-1921 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 144

Bound volume.

Folder 145

1953 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 145

Folder 146

1954 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 146

Folder 147

1956 #40166, Series: "6. Constitutions and Bylaws, 1802-1954." Folder 147

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Library Records, 1817-1889.

Arrangement: by subject, then chronological.

This series includes material on the development and use of the Philanthropic Society library from the early nineteenth century until the society collection was merged with the university's holdings in the late 1880s. See also reports of the Librarian Committee, Subseries 3.11, and records of the Supervisor and Council in Subseries 3.17.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.1. Catalogs of Holdings, 1835-1889.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886.

This subseries includes records of loans of books and periodicals to members. The statistics are arranged by borrowers' names, with the works loaned listed by date under each name.

Folder 154

1817-1819 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 154

Bound volume.

Folder 155

1819-1821 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 155

Bound volume.

Folder 156

1822-1824 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 156

Bound volume.

Folder 157

1824-1826 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 157

Bound volume.

Folder 158

1826-1829 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 158

Bound volume.

Oversize Volume SV-40166/32

1830-1833 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." SV-40166/32

Oversize Volume SV-40166/33

1833-1838 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." SV-40166/33

Folder 159

1838-1841 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 159

Bound volume.

Folder 160

1843-1845 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 160

Bound volume.

Folder 161

1849-1850 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 161

Bound volume.

Folder 162

1853-1854 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 162

Bound volume.

Folder 163

1854-1857 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 163

Bound volume.

Folder 164

1857-1860 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 164

Bound volume.

Folder 165

1857-1863 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 165

Bound volume.

Folder 166

1860-1866 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 166

Bound volume.

Folder 167

1866-1871 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 167

Bound volume.

Folder 168

1875-1876 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 168

Bound volume.

Folder 169

1878-1882 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 169

Bound volume.

Folder 170

1881-1884, Periodicals #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 170

Bound volume.

Folder 171

1882-1883 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 171

Bound volume.

Folder 172

1883-1886 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 172

Bound volume.

Folder 173

1885, Periodicals #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 173

Bound volume.

Folder 174

1885-1886 #40166, Subseries: "7.2. Circulation Records, 1817-1886." Folder 174

Bound volume.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 8. Publicity Records, 1947-1959.

This series includes the notices and press releases produced by the society's Publicity Committee (see also Subseries 3.16), president, and/or clerk.

Folder 175

1947-1959 #40166, Series: "8. Publicity Records, 1947-1959." Folder 175

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff, April 1985, January 1991, February 2008, January 2009

Encoded by: Peter Hymas, May 2005

Revised by: Johanna Russ, February 2008, and Susan Ballinger, January 2009

Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the encoding of this finding aid.

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