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[Yale Wolf's Head Secret Society Class of 1911 Photograph Album]

[Yale]: [Secret Societies]: [Photography]

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[New Haven]: 1911. Small 4to. cabinet card album measuring approximately 9.5" x 7.5." Leather hardcover boards. Gilt titles to front, spine. Brass clasp closure. Holding 15 black and white, card mounted, gelatin print portrait photographs, each measuring approximately 5.75" x 3.75". Cards slipped into rectos and versos 8 leaves, viewable through oval cut-outs. Album leather flaking, badly rubbed. Interior leaves with occasional soil. Prints well preserved, each near fine. Album good only. (Item ID: 15960)

An album of 15 portrait photographs representing the complete 1911 membership of Yale's Wolf 's Head senior society, belonging to member Francis W. Crandall with his ownership inscription to front. Included in the album are portraits of Crandall, William McKee Dunn, Stuart Fox Freeman, Henry Lloyd Folsom, Arthur Mowry Hartwell, John Baker Hollister, Edward Gillette Hotchkiss, Robert Barrie Luchars, Egbert Wheeler Mersereau, Alexander Wessel Shapleigh, Edward Courtland Stanton, John Taylor Terry, Reuben Andrus Holden, Jr., Abbot Augustus Low, Jr., and Walter Hall Mills. The portraits are the same used in the official University published history of the graduating class: HISTORY OF THE CLASS OF 1911, YALE COLLEGE (1911; James Dwight Dana, editor). Wolf's Head is the third of the three secret socities at Yale, with Skull and Bones and Scroll and Key being the other two. Originally founded as The Third Society in 1884 to counter the prevailing dominance of Skull and Bones in University affairs, the club changed it's name to Wolf 's Head in 1889. More than a century later it remains an active, relevant organization on campus. A scarce visual record of storied Yale society culture, appropriately unmarked as a Wolf 's Head album and positively identified as such only after careful research of its names and photographs.


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