Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Societies Collection

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Name of Creator

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Societies

Dates of Material



Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Societies Collection

Source of title proper

Title based on the contents.


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

Consists of a small number of constitutions, by-laws and minutes from the following societies: Calliopean Association, 1846; Fraternitas, 1847-1849; Polyhymnia, 1849-1850; and Philo-Rhetorician, 1850-1852. File level description has not been completed.


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Victoria University Library


This collection of various Victoria College (at Cobourg) literary societies was originally assembled by the Victoria University Library and later transferred to the Victoria University Archives.


No further accruals expected.

General Notes

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) for records related to the women's societies.




Student/Alumni Organizations