Bachelor Debating Society records
Scope and Content
The collection contains a brief history and general business records of the Bachelor Debating Society. The materials include correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, membership lists, reports, resolutions and speeches, programs, and the society’s constitution and by-laws.
- 1970-1953, undated
Language of Materials
Open for research.
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The Bachelor Debating Society was organized on July 16, 1870. The first members of the society wanted a new organization that would only admit men. The Bachelor Debating Society aspired to mutually improve its members in science, literature, virtue, and friendship. Through initiation fees, membership dues, and fines levied from violations of the society’s constitution and by-laws, the society became one of the wealthiest student organizations at Iowa State. With the money collected, the Bachelor Debating Society hoped to construct their own building, but this did not occur. The society disbanded in 1932, and the remaining funds from the Bachelor Debating Society were donated to the Browsing Library at the Memorial Union to be used for the initial book purchase.
2.40 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 oversize box)
The collection is organized in its original order.
Released on 2018-11-01.
- RS 22/7/0/2. Bachelor Debating Society records, 1970-1953, undated
- April 2, 2019
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