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Ireland Lyceum Constitution, By-Laws, and Regular Proceedings, 1847-1849
1 vol. (0.25 linear feet)
Collection number: MS 481 bd

Abstract:
Obscure in origin, the Ireland Lyceum appears to have been a fairly typical antebellum debating society, organized as an intellectually stimulating social activity for the benefit of its members. Meeting regularly, probably in the city of Holyoke, members formally debated a pre-assigned topic such as "Has America arrived at the zenith of her glory" (decided in the negative) or "are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness inalienable rights," after which the members might hear an address.

A mangled, fragmentary echo of its former self, the Constitution, by-laws, and regular proceedings of the Ireland Lyceum contains the slender records of a typical antebellum men's debating society. The volume was later used as a scrapbook with newspaper clippings covering the pages, however the clippings have been removed from the first several pages by a conservator, revealing some of the original content.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

Obscure in origin, the Ireland Lyceum appears to have been a fairly typical antebellum debating society, organized as an intellectually stimulating social activity for the benefit of its members. Meeting regularly, probably in the city of Holyoke, members formally debated a pre-assigned topic such as "Has America arrived at the zenith of her glory" (decided in the negative) or "are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness inalienable rights," after which the members might hear an address.

Scope and contents of the collection

A mangled, fragmentary echo of its former self, the Constitution, by-laws, and regular proceedings of the Ireland Lyceum contains the slender records of a typical antebellum men's debating society. Although the location of the Lyceum is not specifically recorded, the names of members recorded in the volume suggest that it may have been located in or near the city of Holyoke. (e.g. Dr. Lawson Long, Lyman Thorp, Caleb Chapin, Augustine Ludington). The bulk of the volume was later used as a scrapbook with newspaper clippings covering the pages, however the clippings have been removed from the first several pages by a conservator, revealing some of the original content.


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

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Ireland Lyceum Records (MS 481 bd). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Provenance unknown (2005-018).

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Dec. 2015.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
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Language
English
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Education
Massachusetts (West)



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Subjects
  • Debates and debating--Societies, etc. --Massachusetts--Holyoke
  • Holyoke (Mass.)--History--19th century
  • Lyceums--Massachusetts--Holyoke

Genre terms
  • Scrapbooks


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