Contents and Arrangement

Series 6: Other Subsidiaries, 1908-1982

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Whig-Clio has or has had many subsidiaries which have left no records behind them, while some have left just a few.

The Senate (documents from 1936-1962, still active) is a forum for public debating on campus. Under the Whig-Clio Constitution it can also meet as the assembly of the entire society.

The Film Program (documents from 1966, ejected from society 1986) offered free movie showings to Whig-Clio members.

The Madison Debating Society (documents from 1940-1954, defunct) was a name shared by two different subsidiaries at two different times, one being a training ground for freshman debaters, the other being a forum for humorous debating on campus.

The Speakers' Bureau (documents from 1928-1965, defunct) not to be confused with the Speakers Program, hired Whig-Clio members out to schools, civic groups, social clubs and other organizations in the New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia areas as speakers for their meetings. The Bureau sent out a brochure each year describing the topics and lengths of the speeches it would be offering that year.

The Nassau Lit (documents from 1908-1949) was founded in 1842 as the Nassau Monthly, a student magazine for prose and poetry. It was separate from Whig-Clio until 1934, when it became a subsidiary. It remained as a subsidiary until 1964, when it once again became a separate organization. Copies of the Nassau Lit are not included in the collection, but are available at Mudd Library.

The International Relations Council (IRC) (documents from 1933-1982, still active) provides a forum for discussion of foreign affairs, as well as operating Princeton's Model United Nations Team. This subsidiary has had several different names including the International Relations Club and the International Affairs Club. At one point Model United Nations was a separate subsidiary, but it has since consolidated with the IRC and the few records it left behind can be found here. Included in the minutes are summaries of the comments made by lecturers who visited IRC meetings, including Albert Einstein, who in 1934 expressed his views on various topics, including Hitler's actions and democracy's future.


(arranged alphabetically)

Collection History


In the process of organizing the Whig-Clio records, several items were discarded, including appointment books for the use of Whig Hall and letters to and from individuals who declined the society's invitation to come speak. In addition, the researcher should be aware that the arrangement in this collection does not necessarily reflect the original order in which Whig-Clio maintained its records. As a student organization, there was very little consistency from year to year within the organization as to how it maintained its records and what it decided to keep and record. Also, the attempt in 1975 to organize these records did not give sufficient regard to provenance and order.

Some material that duplicated existing records was separated from Series 13 at the time it was donated in 2017. Separated material includes copies of "The Whig-Clio Register," "The Halls: A Brief History of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society" by Wallace Williamson, and The Constitution of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Douglas Ray in 1993. Finding aid written by Douglas Ray in 1993. Finding aid updated by Valencia L. Johnson in 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 6: Other Subsidiaries; Princeton University Archives Collection on the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, AC023, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related manuscript collections include the Records of the American Whig Society and the Records of the Cliosophic Society.

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