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Amherst College Clubs and Societies Collection

Identifier: MA.00054

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of official records and associated material of approximately ninety clubs and organizations (excluding fraternities) affiliated with Amherst College from its founding in 1821 to the present time. Included are founding records, minutes, financial records, membership lists, clippings, publications, correspondence, reports, photographs and other materials.


  • Creation: 1821-

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Clubs and Societies Collection for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights prior to publication.


22.5 Linear feet (12 records storage boxes, 18 archives boxes, 7 half archives boxes, 2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



Official records and associated material of Amherst student organizations. Includes founding records, minutes, financial records, membership lists, clippings, publications, correspondence, reports, photographs and other materials.


This collection is organized into twenty-four series:


  1. Series 1: Miscellaneous Organizations
  2. Series 2: Academia
  3. Series 3: Alexandrian Society I
  4. Series 4: Alexandrian Society II
  5. Series 5: Amherst College Y.M.C.A.
  6. Series 6: Anti-Secret Society
  7. Series 7: Athenian Society I
  8. Series 8: Athenian Soceity II
  9. Series 9: Commons Club
  10. Series 10: Debating Society
  11. Series 11: Eclectic
  12. Series 11a: Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA)
  13. Series 12: Hitchcock Society of Inquiry
  14. Series 13: Lord Jeff Club
  15. Series 14: Mountain Club
  16. Series 15: Outing Club
  17. Series 16: Phi Beta Kappa
  18. Series 17: Scarab
  19. Series 18: Science Club
  20. Series 19: Sigma Xi
  21. Series 20: Ski Club
  22. Series 21: Social Union I
  23. Series 22: Social Union II
  24. Series 23: Society of Natural History
  25. Series 24: Sphinx


The organizations in Series 1 are listed in alphabetical order. Those in Series 2 through 24 are arranged alphabetically by name. Material within a series is arranged by type of material.

Related Materials

  1. Afro-American Society/Black Students' Union Collection
  2. Asian Students Association Records
  3. Amherst College Association of Amherst Students Records
  4. Amherst College Hillel Records
  5. Amherst College La Causa/Chicano Caucus Collection
  6. WAMH/WAMF Records
  7. Photographic Images Collection
  8. Buildings and Grounds Collection(for information about meeting rooms, club facilities, etc.)
  9. Biographical Files (for information about key members)
  10. General Files: "Student Life and Customs." See especially folder 1, "Student Activities and Organizations."

Separated Materials

In October 2021, material relating to the Asian Students Association was removed from the Amherst College Clubs and Societies Collection to form a part of the newly created Asian Students Association Records.


Cutting, George Rugg. Student Life at Amherst College. Its Organizations, their Membership and History. Amherst: Hatch and Williams, 1871.
Alison Campbell, Peter Weis, Peter Nelson.
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Original encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299