The revival of E Clampus Vitus was begun by Carl I. Wheat and others around 1931 as a parody of mining fraternities of the
nineteenth century. E Clampus Vitus events were organized around historical anniversaries or in a place of historical significance.
The collection consists of correspondence, membership rosters, and artifacts related to events and activites of the California
chapters of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
Revival of E Clampus Vitus was begun by Carl I. Wheat and others around 1931 as a parody of mining fraternities of the nineteenth
century; E Clampus Vitus almost always organized its events around historical anniversaries or in a place of historical information;
a history of the organization can be found in the book, Credo Quia Absurdum (Placerville, California: Onager Press, 1949). The history of the Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus is given in the book Credo quia absurdum (Placerville, California, 1949). The present social organization is a revival of mining fraternities of the nineteenth century,
parodies of the then-popular mysterious fraternal orders. The present organization delights in the mock-serious aspects of
the originals.note: Because of the completeness of materials collected by W.W. Robinson held in the UCLA Library Special Collections, items
taken from that collection have been stamped with his name. Other items not pertaining to the individuals above have been
distributed throughout this collection without indicating the donor.
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
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