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Athenaeum Club Records

Identifier: Ms Coll. 055

Scope and Content

The collection includes minutes, correspondence, a constitution and by-laws, lists of members, and a brief history. Also included are copies of papers delivered between 1967 and 1994 as well as several earlier ones.


  • Creation: 1905-2024



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Biographical/Historical Note

The Athenaeum Club, named after the Greek Goddess Athena, goddess of wisdom, art, industries and warfare, was founded in 1905 by President Andrew Sledd and several faculty members to provide a forum where faculty could exchange ideas and opinions concerning contemporary issues. It is the oldest faculty organization at the University of Florida. Sledd served as first president, Edward R. Flint, professor of chemistry, as vice-president, and Charles L. Crow, professor of romance languages, as secretary.

Club by-laws stipulate that each member must submit a paper and lead a discussion period with the intent to deposit all essays in the library or submit them for publication. Material for speeches concern such topics as health and science, sociology, economics, history, the supernatural, nature and conservation, geography, energy, etc.


4 Linear feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



Minutes, correspondence, a constitution and by-laws, lists of members, and a brief history of the University of Florida Athenaeum Club.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

A Guide to the Athenaeum Club Records
Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers
August 2004
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2006: This finding aid was revised in November 2006 by John Nemmers so that it would be in agreement with the 2006 Florida best practice guidelines.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America