began in 1888 with the founding of a literary society - then it
disbanded after the founder left Storrs. In 1893, two new literary
societies formed: the Eclectic for men and the Ionian for women. In 1894 the two merged into a co-ed Eclectic Society. But by 1899, there was a new
literary group just for women:, the Alethia Society.
Shown is the Alethia Society
membership in 1899, on the steps of the women's residence hall,
Grove Cottage. Earlier that year, Storrs Agricultural College became
known as Connecticut Agricultural College.
Front: Marie Brown '00; Sec. Edith
Latimer, '00; Pres. Gertrude Grant, '00 VP. Second row: Lena
Latimer, '00; Florence Swift, '00; Olive Ballard, '00;
Catherine Yale, '99; Bertha Squires, '00. Top row: Hester
Hall, '00; Selma Carlson, '99; Anna Jacobson, '00; Elsie
Leach, '99; Ida Hobby, '99.