A slide show of vintage photos of the nation’s oldest literary, political, and debating society

Slide show assembled by Madeleine Bruml ’11.

Photos courtesy Princeton University Archives unless otherwise credited.

From Nurseries of Letters and Republicanism by J. Jefferson Looney *87
The original Clio Hall (1838-1890) with the Clio membership in 1868.
From Nurseries of Letters and Republicanism by J. Jefferson Looney *87
From Nurseries of Letters and Republicanism by J. Jefferson Looney *87

The Lynde Debaters in an 1887 photo.

Members of the Cliosophic Society gather for a group photo on the steps of Clio Hall in 1889.

From Nurseries of Letters and Republicanism by J. Jefferson Looney *87
From Nurseries of Letters and Republicanism by J. Jefferson Looney *87

“New” Whig Hall, under construction in the early 1890s.

A Whig-Clio forum in February 1947.

The game room of Whig-Clio, circa 1950.

At the speakers table of Whig-Clio’s annual banquet in 1950 are, from left, University President Harold Dodds *14, Sen. Leverett Saltonstall of Massachusetts, Whig-Clio president Donald E. Stokes ’51 *52, Sen. H. Alexander Smith 1901 of New Jersey, and professor Wilber S. Howell, faculty adviser.

Adlai Stevenson ’22 with Whig-Clio members before addressing the senior class dinner in 1954.

Students listen intently as a debater makes a point.

Sen. John F. Kennedy speaks at a Whig-Clio colloquium on the Eisenhower administration May 11, 1954.

Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona delivers an address in 1959.

A 1984 photo of Debate Panel members.