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Literary Society (later the Doughty Society), 1920-[1928]

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCCS/4/4

Scope and Contents

From the Sub-Management Group:

Records of Classical Society, Cranworth Society, Debating Society, Doughty / Literary Society, Maitland Historical Society, Medical Society, Scientific and Danby Societies.


  • Creation: 1920-[1928]

Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

Some records series (such as minutes) are subject to closure periods for GDPR and confidentiality reasons.

Biographical / Historical

The Literary Society was founded in the Michaelmas Term of 1906 at the instigation of a student, A.J. Dare. It continued until 1934 although there are no reports of activities and meetings in The Griffin for the last terms. In 1934 a new College society was founded to encourage the study of literature, classical and modern. When the scheme was projected, the old Literary Society voluntarily dissolved itself, thus leaving the way clear for a new, more broadly based group. At its first meeting the society decided to call itself The Doughty Society after Charles Montagu Doughty. The Literary Society was reconstituted in this way by the actions of W. L. Cuttle and under the influence of F. R. Leavis. It became a forum for Leavisian speakers during Leavis's time at Downing College. But the Society appears to have lapsed in around 1960. The Doughty Society was revived again in 1981.


2 volume(s) : Paper

2 item(s) (2 cards)

Language of Materials



Downing College Literary Society

Finding aid date

2001-05-01 15:29:29+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
Downing College
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