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, Thirteen, W 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.
Material in the SCRC
- 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.
- Student Organizations Collection, includes material from several secret societies.
- Colonial Echo
- The Flat Hat
- David Holmes Papers, includes some material related to the Bishop James Madison Society.
- University Archives Artifact Collection
- University Archives Oral History Collection
- Search for additional material in the SCRC Collections Database
- Office of the President - this would require a bit of searching.
- Katherine (Katie) Elisabeth Shields Oral History conducted on 03/23/05, this interview is available online.
Need help or further information?
To search for material in the Special Collections Research Center, see Finding Materials in the SCRC for an introduction to the SCRC Collections Database, card catalogs, Flat Hat-William & Mary News-Alumni Gazette index, etc.
Questions? Contact the SCRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 221-3090, or come into the Special Collections Research Center (hours).
In the News
- Various articles in the College of William and Mary student newspaper The Flat Hat; see also other student publications.
- Secret society donates Sadler plaque, October 1, 2008
|A Note About The Contents Of This Wiki|
|Unfortunately, many of the early original records of the College of William and Mary were destroyed by fire, 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 SCRC's collections and elsewhere. Researchers are strongly encouraged to use the SCRC's access tools for their research as the information contained in this wiki is by no means comprehensive.|