Scope and Content
Title: E Clampus Vitus Archives,
Date (inclusive): 1935-
Collection number: Mss101
E Clampus Vitus
Extent: 22.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of
Shelf location: For current information on the location of
these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], E Clampus Vitus Archives, Mss101,
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific
Wheat, Carl I. (Carl Irving) (1892-1966)
Dane, G. Ezra (George Ezra) (1904-1941)
Wood, Richard Coke (1905-1979)
Hamlin, Herb S. (1890-1969)
Stevenot, Archibald D. (1882-1968)
Moore, Adam Lee (1847-1946)
E Clampus Vitus (fraternal order)
California -History -Societies, etc.
California -History -Study and teaching
California -History -Humor
Historical markers -California
E Clampus Vitus is a fraternal organization founded during the
California Gold Rush (1852) to poke fun at the more solemn fraternal orders of
the time. It was revived by Carl Wheat and Ezra Dane (1931) to bring an element
of fun into the appreciation of history and provide support for historical
projects and celebrations. The ECV Grand Council first established its official
archives at the California Historical Society (1961), but space was limited
there, and, with the aid of University of the Pacific historian and Clamper,
Richard Coke Wood, E Clampus Vitus later moved its archives to the University
of the Pacific (1976).
Scope and Content
The E Clampus Vitus Archives currently consists of two series. Series 1:
Papers (1931-) contains by-laws, minutes, correspondence, fiscal records,
member writings and biographical materials, clippings and other materials
chronicling activities of the Grand Council and local chapters of the order
(notably its landmarks recognition program and its outings, known as"Transierra
Roisterous Alliances of Senior Humbugs (T.R.A.S.H.)." Series 1 also contains
local chapter records and publications. Series 2: Photographs consists of
photographs of individual chapter activities (1936-). Additions to the
collection are anticipated.