The earliest form of the Debate Team at the College of William and Mary, Philomathean Literary Society, was already raising funds to furnish a hall in 1896. Though certainly fulfilling many functions as a group, such as maintaining a library for the use of its members, the literary society also fulfilled a debating function; the 1901 Colonial Echo shows two orators and two debaters among its officers , and a 1911 Flat Hat describes a debate at one of the meetings of the literary society: "In the debate: Resolved, That the Right of Suffrage Should not be Granted to Women. Mr. J. L. Tucker upheld the affirmative, while Mr. W. W. Somers defended the negative side. Much interest was displayed by the suffragists and anti-suffragists of the audience, and smiles were frequently seen as one of the debaters scored a telling point".
- "College Song" book of sheet music with note on front "Proceeds to be applied to furnishing the halls of the Phoenix and Philomathean Literary Societies of the College."
- 1901 Colonial Echo
- "PHILOMATHEAN OPEN MEETING: The First of the Season, and Creditable, October 31 1911 Flat Hat
To search for further material, visit the Special Collections Research Center's Search Tool List for an overview of the Special Collections Database, W&M Digital Archive, Flat Hat-William & Mary News-Alumni Gazette index, card catalogs, and other tools available to help you find material of interest in the Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center.
Questions? Contact the Special Collections Research Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-221-3090, or visit the Special Collections Research Center in the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary.
|A Note About The Contents Of This Wiki|
|The information available in this wiki is the best available from known documents and sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of the College of William and Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information available here is the best available from known documents and sources at the time it was written. Information in this wiki is not complete as new information continues to be uncovered in the Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center and elsewhere. Researchers are strongly encouraged to use the Special Collections search tools for their research as the information contained in this wiki is by no means comprehensive.|