The Athenian Literary Society was established in 1892 as one of two societies for students in the Preparatory Department as preparation for public speaking. It was a co-educational society that met regularly for programs of readings, recitations, essays, and debates. The Preparatory Department offered a one-year course of study for students at least 15 years of age from small Oregon communities to prepare for admission to the college.
The Athenian Literary Society Records consist of meeting minutes that document attendance and programs and activities of the society.
Athenian Literary Society Records (RG 061), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.