Most of you probably know that Wilson Library’s University Archives house Di Phi minutes dating all the way back to 1795. But have you ever gone to the archives and seen what they have? How much do you really know about how the Societies have changed over time? Senators other than the Historian (and anyone else interested in the history of the societies!) can visit the archives whenever Wilson is open, and have full access to all of their records and resources. You can see the Phi pins from when Albert Coates was a senator, or read past committee reports from the committees you’re a part of. You can find history of the Debating and Concord Societies more vivid than what you’ll read in the Petitioning Guide.
But if you’re not in Chapel Hill or just don’t have the time to stop by the archives, we still have a little bit of history to share with you, courtesy of Wilson Library’s Civil War Day-by-Day blog. The blog follows each day (starting April 7th) as it would have been 150 years ago, including quotes and pictures from materials in the archives. Tuesday’s entry was based on minutes from the Philanthropic Society on May 17th, 1861. It includes a brief history of Di Phi as well as high-res images from the 1861 minutes.
If you’re interested in Di Phi history, we really encourage you to visit the University Archives if you can! Otherwise, read the rest of the Civil War blog here.