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This subseries contains the minutes of the Governing Council from the merger of the undergraduate organizations in 1928 to the present. In addition, the minutes of some Assembly meetings (meetings of the entire Society membership) are interspersed in the early 1930s. The minutes for many years appear to be incomplete and some years are missing altogether.
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This subseries contains several different types of material related to running the society. Materials include general correspondence, membership lists, material pertaining to conferences held at Princeton by Whig-Clio, freshman recruiting pamphlets, and the revival of the society after World War II.
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The Constitutions and By-laws determine the general organization of the society and the Governing Council. Some of the subsidiaries have constitutions, or charters, of their own, which are included among the materials for the relevant subsidiaries. The set of constitutions in the collection appears to be incomplete.
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This series contains the records of the Governing Council and other central officers of the society. The Governing Council, usually referred to as the GoCo, is made up of the elected central officers and the heads of the various subsidiaries. It is the body responsible for coordinating the activities of the entire society and running the day to day activities including setting the annual budget. The GoCo has varied in size from 8 members to approximately 25 depending upon the number of subsidiaries which the society had at the time. The central officers are responsible for activities that involve the society as a whole rather than a single subsidiary, such as initiations and the annual banquet.
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The Board of Trustees is made up of University faculty, staff, and Whig-Clio alumni, appointed to three year terms by the President of the University. They are responsible for supervising the undergraduate officers, making long-term policy decisions, negotiating with the University administration when conflicts arise, and overseeing the society's endowment. The documents in this series deal with the initial organization of the board in 1940 and 1941 and the problems which had to be overcome in order to merge Whig and Clio. The series also includes the trustees' minutes and correspondence, and their annual reports to the president of the university. The series also includes reports to the board of trustees made by the undergraduate officers.
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This series consists of letters to and from people who addressed the Society. Some form letters which were sent to many different speakers were discarded. Letters to people who either never responded or decided not to accept Whig-Clio's invitation were discarded.
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Whig-Clio's Speakers Program brings prominent figures in politics, international affairs, and literature to the Princeton campus in order to address the Society. This is one of the major activities open to all members of the society. The Speakers Program has often worked very closely with the International Relations Council, one of Whig-Clio's subsidiaries, in attracting speakers to speak about foreign affairs, and sometimes it is difficult to determine whether a particular speaker was invited by both groups or one or the other. At different times the Speakers Program has been the responsibility of the Secretary of the Society or that of a separate Director of Program.
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Series 4: Debate Panel, 1930-2012 2 boxes 1 websites

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The Debate Panel is Princeton University's intercollegiate debating team. The series contains the Panel's correspondence dealing with its competitions against teams from other American colleges and universities as well as activity reports and internal administrative material. Activity reports collect the results and social activities of the panel at all of the tournaments the members attended during a particular academic year; after 1968 these activity reports are called Style Reports. For material dealing with intercollegiate debating at Princeton before 1928, see the Cliosophic Society Records (AC# 016) Series XI: Joint Documents with Whig; Debating Committee, Boxes 85-87. The Guide to North American Platform Debate, published by the Debate Panel in the 1960s and 1970s to help popularize the current [1993] impromptu style of intercollegiate debating can be found in Series VII - Publications.
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These programs were distributed to the audience at the various prize debates and contests conducted by WWHDP, and include the topics and participants in the debates. Researchers interested in the prize debates before 1929 should see Cliosophic Society Records (AC# 016) Series XI: Joint Series with Whig; Interhall Debating Box 84.
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The Woodrow Wilson Honorary Debate Panel (commonly abbreviated WWHDP) named after the 28th President of the United States, who was the Speaker of the American Whig Society while an undergraduate at Princeton, was founded in 1940 in order to recognize exceptional prowess in debate among undergraduates in Whig-Clio. Originally membership to this society was determined solely by election of the current members while its activities consisted mostly of an annual banquet in their honor. At some point which the documents do not make clear, this changed, and WWHDP took over responsibility for running the various prize debates and contests sponsored by Whig-Clio and membership is now gained by winning a prize in one of these contests.
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Materials acquired from Victor Sidel, Class of 1953, former Secretary and President of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, include copies of the "Senate Bulletin"; Senate Constitutions, party platforms, membership and voting lists; and some general Society correspondence, including Sidel's campaign material.
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This series includes files maintained by Imbrie regarding the University. They include correspondence, clippings and reports related to Imbrie's service as Financial Secretary; clippings, correspondence and publications regarding the Graduate School controversy which occurred while Imbrie held his University office; records, correspondence, reports, publications clippings on Princeton architecture and the "Quad Plan;" correspondence and records relating to the Graduate Council Freshman Honor Prize; and memoranda and reports on the progress of reorganization of student social life at Princeton.