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There have been a number of '''secret societies''' at the [[College of William and Mary]] during its history. Currently active groups include the [[FHC]] Society, [[7 Society]], Bishop James Madison Society, and others. The FHC was the first collegiate secret society in the United States. It was founded on November 11, 1750, and faded away in the 1770s and was revived in the 1920s.
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There have been a number of '''secret societies''' at [[William & Mary]] during its history. Groups believed to be currently active on campus include the [[FHC]] Society, [[7 Society]], [[Bishop James Madison Society]], Thirteen, [[W Society]], [[Wren Society]], Alphas, Live Oak Society, Zodiac Society, and others.  
  
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The FHC was the first collegiate secret society in the United States. It was founded on November 11, 1750, faded away in the 1770s, was revived in the 1920s before fading away in 1943, and again being revived in 1972.
  
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The first documented evidence by Swem's Special Collections of the Zodiac Society was a good luck note to students seen in Swem Library during December 2013 final exams.
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==Inactive Secret Societies==
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Groups such as PDA, which was a student group organized in the 18th century after the F.H.C. are among those no longer active on campus.
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The [[B.B. Club]] was active in the mid-1920s.
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==Material in the SCRC==
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*Of all of the secret societies, the SCRC probably has the most material related to the FHC Society. A list of material related to the group is available at the [[FHC]]'s SCRC Wiki page.
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*[http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=7970 Student Organizations Collection], includes material from several secret societies.
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*''Colonial Echo''
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*''[http://swem.wm.edu/beta/flathat/ The Flat Hat]''
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*[http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=7946&rootcontentid=3447&q=secret+societies#id3447 Folder 50, College Papers Collection]
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*[http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=8033 David Holmes Papers], includes some material related to the Bishop James Madison Society.
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*[http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=6624 University Archives Artifact Collection]
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*[http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=6613 University Archives Oral History Collection]
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*Search for additional material in the [http://scrc.swem.wm.edu SCRC Collections Database]
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*[http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/index.php?p=core/search&creatorid=3 Office of the President] - this would require a bit of searching.
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*[http://dspace.swem.wm.edu/dspace/handle/10288/864 Katherine (Katie) Elisabeth Shields Oral History conducted on 03/23/05], this interview is available online.
  
 
==In the News==
 
==In the News==
*Various articles in  the [[College of William and Mary]] student newspaper ''[http://www.flathatnews.com/ The Flat Hat]''; see also other student publications.
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*Various articles in  the College of William and Mary student newspaper ''[http://www.flathatnews.com/ The Flat Hat]''; see also other student publications.
*[http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2008/secret-society-donates-sadler-plaque-001.php Secret society donates Sadler plaque], October 1, 2008  
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*[http://www.dogstreetjournal.com/story/2049 Shhh! The Secret Side to the College’s Lesser Known Societies], Becca Millfeld, ''The DoG Street Journal'', 2 November 2004.
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*[http://www.wm.edu/style/secret.php Secret, But (Probably) Not Sinister]
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*[http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2008/secret-society-donates-sadler-plaque-001.php Secret society donates Sadler plaque], October 1, 2008.
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*[http://flathatnews.com/content/75591 Eight figures you need to know], ''[[ The Flat Hat]]'', 19 August 2011.
  
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Latest revision as of 15:52, 9 September 2019

There have been a number of secret societies at William & Mary during its history. Groups believed to be currently active on campus include the FHC Society, 7 Society, Bishop James Madison Society, Thirteen, W Society, Wren Society, Alphas, Live Oak Society, Zodiac Society, and others.

The FHC was the first collegiate secret society in the United States. It was founded on November 11, 1750, faded away in the 1770s, was revived in the 1920s before fading away in 1943, and again being revived in 1972.

The first documented evidence by Swem's Special Collections of the Zodiac Society was a good luck note to students seen in Swem Library during December 2013 final exams.

Inactive Secret Societies

Groups such as PDA, which was a student group organized in the 18th century after the F.H.C. are among those no longer active on campus.

The B.B. Club was active in the mid-1920s.


Material in the SCRC

In the News

Share What You Know

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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 William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. Information in this wiki is not complete as new information continues to be uncovered in 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.