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Ancient Order of Hibernians Records, 1890-1966
1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (A.O.H.) was a secret society devoted to "the maintenance of devilish wit and the promotion of hellish spirit in the college." Contains correspondence, membership lists, photographs, songs and poems, and a scrapbook.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Founded at Smith College in 1890, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (A.O.H.) was a secret society devoted to "the maintenance of devilish wit and the promotion of hellish spirit in the college." A spoof upon "The Hibernians," a fraternal order of Irish Roman Catholics promoting unity, friendship, and charity among its members, which began in Ireland during the 1500's, A.O.H.'s patron saint was St. Patrick, its color was green, and its emblem was the shamrock. From its founding, the society enjoyed an intense rivalry with fellow secret society, the Orangemen, or O.O. Both societies would compete for members and reputation and each society would attempt to "swipe" the other's "sacred book." Membership in the A.O.H. was limited to twelve members from each class, and freshmen were selected and initiated in the fall of their first year at Smith. New members of the A.O.H. were given special names upon initiation and were sworn into the club with the oath "I swear eternal hatred to the Orange and everlastin' loyalty to the Green, so help me St. Pat." The A.O.H. flourished as one of Smith's most popular secret societies until 1948, when President Davis abolished secret societies at Smith, calling them "undemocratic." Both the A.O.H. and Orangemen were forced to end all official activities, but records indicate that both organizations continued unofficially until the mid-1960s. There is no documentation of either society's activities available for any time after the 1965-1966 academic year.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Ancient Order of Hibernians Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

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Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives

Language
English.