Historical Sketch of the Harman Literary Society

October 3, 1919

Shortly after college opened in the fall of '96, Dickinson women began to consider how they might obtain the training, which is best furnished by active work in a Literary Society.  After consulting with the President, they met October 21, to formally consider the question, with sixteen present.  After effecting a temporary organization, a committee on constitution was appointed.  It was then suggested that the society be named in honor of Dr. Harman.  On November 18, 1896, the constitution, together with the name was formally adopted.

The character of the work done the first year showed careful preparation and the programs rendered proved interesting and instructive.  By invitation of the Belles Lettres and the Union Philosophical Societies, the Harman Society, joined them in the celebration of Washington's Birthday.  Since that time, the men's Literary Societies have extended an invitation to Harman Literary Society to meet with them at their yearly anniversary celebrations and also to take part in inter-society debates and contests of various kinds.

The Harman Literary Society has steadily continued to grow and has played an active part in college activities.  the new Dean of Women, Mrs. Meredith, is very much interested in the work of the society and has promised to help make it more instructive and more helpful to the women who avail themselves of the opportunity of joining this society.  Any woman of Dickinson College is eligible and it is hoped that all of the new students, as well as the old, will support the society.

Location of Document in Archives
The Dickinsonian, October 3, 1919