Fall 2007

9 students visited the Special Collections Research CenterTOC

Material pulled for group


  • ''The Flat Hat Club and the Phi Beta Kappa Society'', edited by George P. Coleman, Call Number: Archives LJ 75 P29 W75

  • ''James Innes and His Brothers of the FHC'' by Jane Carson, Call Number: Archives F234 W7 C3449

  • ''In Token of Friendship'' by Robert W. Storm, Jr., Call Number: Archives LJ 41 C63 s8

  • Letters to and from St. George Tucker, William and Mary class of 1772, concerning the FHC and the secret society's members. The FHC was particularly active in the pre-Revolutionary era. Tucker kept in contact with his FHC colleagues, and his correspondence reflects an enduring fellowship after he officially left the College. Note in particular William Nelson, Jr.'s letter hoping in 1779 for a revival of the FHC during the turbulent times of the war. Nelson quotes the purpose of the FHC as "charity, friendship, and science." [http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/controlcard.php?id=7010 Tucker Coleman Collection]: the specific letters are dated 3/30/1779, 7/29/1781, 10/8/1783, and 6/7/1773.

  • In the early nineteenth century with its reverence for the Revolution, founding fathers, glories of the 18th century, etc., several people wrote to Jefferson concerning the F.H.C. and his member ship in the "ancient" collegiate fraternity. Jefferson's letter to Thomas McAuley recalls a casual relationship with the F.H.C. during the years he was at the College, 1760-1762. Thomas Jefferson to Thomas McAuley, June 14, 1819, Mss 39.1 J35, Lot 2 item 238 Folder 4. Copies are available in the Subject File.




  • Oversize certificate, J.A.C. Chandler, University Archives Faculty-Alumni File Collection, Special Collections Research Center. Additional certificates are in the University Archives Subject File Collection "F.H.C. Society" folder.

  • FHC Medals of Harold Lees Fowler (history professor, 1934-1974), Earl Gregg Swem (College librarian 1920-1944), Dyckman W. Vermilye (class of 1943), and the medal that was a gift of Otis Geddy, [http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/controlcard.php?id=6624 University Archives Artifact Collection].


  • ''Fifteen Sermons Preached at Rolls Chapel...'', Joseph Butler, London: Printed for J. and P. Knapton, 1749. Gift of the F.H.C. Society. This volume was purchased by the twentieth-century F.H.C. to illustrate the eighteenth-century collection of the group's books.

  • ''Moral Philosophy''


To search for further material, see the FHC Society and [http://swem.wm.edu/departments/special-collections/exhibits/FindingAids/index.cfm Finding Materials in the SCRC].


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