Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary societies Fonds

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Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary societies Fonds

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Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary societies fonds

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1 cm of textual records

Administrative History

The Calliopean Association, Fraternitas, Polyhymnia and Philo-Rhetorician were literary societies of male students at Victoria College in Cobourg that were founded to provide practice in extemporaneous speaking. The Calliopean Association was organized in 1844 and continued to 1847. In 1847, Fraternitas was formed and existed until 1849. Fraternitas produced a paper called the Angler (their predecessors produced the Literary Gem). From 1849 until the spring of 1850, the Polyhymnia was organized and finally the Philo-Rhetorician from 1850 until 1852.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of constitutions, by-laws, and minutes of the following societies: Calliopean Association, 1846; Fraternitas, 1847–1849; Polyhymnia, 1849–1850; and Philo–Rhetorician, 1850–1852.


Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds.


The fonds is a collection of records of the various societies assembled by the Victoria University Archives.

Related Groups of Records

See the Literary Association fonds (Fonds 2005) for records related to the Literary Society after 1857. See the Victoria College Women's Literary Society (Fonds 2057).

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  • Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary societies collection
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