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Register of the E Clampus Vitus Archives, 1935-
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: E Clampus Vitus Archives,
    Date (inclusive): 1935-
    Collection number: Mss101
    Creator: E Clampus Vitus
    Extent: 22.5 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], E Clampus Vitus Archives, Mss101, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Wheat, Carl I. (Carl Irving) (1892-1966)
    Dane, G. Ezra (George Ezra) (1904-1941)
    Wood, Richard Coke (1905-1979)
    Hamlin, Herb S. (1890-1969)
    Briggs, Carl
    Stevenot, Archibald D. (1882-1968)
    Moore, Adam Lee (1847-1946)

    corporate name

    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 contains by-laws, minutes, correspondence, fiscal records, photographs, 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.)." Photographs consists of photographs of individual chapter activities (1936-). Additions to the collection are anticipated.