Phi Gamma Delta at University of Nebraska, University of Virginia & University of Tennessee, 1902, Unknown

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Phi Gamma Delta at University of Nebraska, University of Virginia & University of Tennessee
Unknown, architect(s). From the American Architect and Building News, 1902. 6 by 7.25 inches. VG+ condition with browning around the edges and light crinkling.
Photogravure. Phi Gamma Delta History John M'Milan, founder of Jefferson College, was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1752. Dr. M'Milan began to work out his plans for founding a literary institution for the education of young men. His small log cabin with its wax-paper windows and crude log-benches was converted into the first "Latin School" west of the Alleghenies. This log cabin is now the shrine of Phi Gamma Delta. With increased enrollment, the school needed bigger facilities. Colonel John Cannon donated a plot of land and some money. The aptly named Cannonsburg Academy was first occupied in 1791. The Academy became Jefferson College in 1802, and in 1869 merged with Washington College to become today's Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. Without question, the old Log Cabin was visited by our founders, for the names of McCarty and Fletcher are carved on its door. Saturday, April 22, 1848, was the momentous date on which the "Immortal Six" gathered in McCarty's dormitory room at "Fort" Armstrong and established their society "founded upon the principle of Secrecy." McCarty was the leader and the inspiration of the Fraternity during its infancy. It was in his room, "Delta Hall number one," that the first meetings were held. The constitution was ratified on may 1, 1848, by Wilson and Elliott. This picture is extremely hard to find. The Greek Letter Men had a very small circulation during this time and these original photogravures only appeared in a very limited number of issues. It measures 6 by 7.25 inches. Has a mat border and foam core backing (not attached to the picture). The whole picture measures approximately 8.5 by 11 inches (with border). Extraordinary detail in this early photographic print. Shrink wrapped.

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