World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

Philomathean Society (New York University)

The Philomathean Society at New York University was a student society that was founded at New York University. (The Society shared its name with other college societies including the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania.) This society existed from 1832 to 1888. [1]

Eucleian and Philomathean joint meeting, Edgar Allan Poe as lecturer 1840s

In 1832 students began the Philomathean Society at New York University. The Society had as a rival, the Eucleian Society. (Constitution of Philomathean Society) While both Societies forbade membership in their rival society, early records show that early members were sometimes expelled or resigned to join the rival society.

Student societies such as the Philomathean Society collected their own libraries and augmented the curriculum. Literary and debate societies offered a departure from the learn-by-rote instruction that prevailed in much of university instruction. The Philomathean Society provided its membership at NYU with a library and augmented student instruction. The University gave the Society its own rooms at the Main University Building.

One early lecturer became a very popular figure with the Society. Edgar Allan Poe was a repeated guest of the Philomathean Society and the Eucleian Society, and lived on the Square.

The society died in 1888.[2]

  1. ^ http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/search/?q=eucleian&collectionId=
  2. ^ http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/search/?q=eucleian&collectionId=
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.