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Bachelor Debating Society records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 22/7/0/2

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

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


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.

Items in related collections

RS 22/7. Iowa State University. Student Organizations - Recreational and Special Interest Groups records

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 22/7/0/2. Bachelor Debating Society records, 1970-1953, undated
April 2, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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