The early lives of the literary societies.
In 1914, the first literary society, the Elizabeth Baldwin Literary Society (E.B.L.S.), formed. The aims of this organization in its early years were to define a social sphere for women, discuss politics, and to promote academics. In 1916, along with the short-lived male literary society, the Owl Literary Society, the E.B.L.S. started the Thresher.
As the popularity and student population grew, another literary society began. Six members of the E.B.L.S. formed the Pallas Athene Literary Society (P.A.L.S.) in 1919. This group focused on the study of literature.
With help from the E.B.L.S. and the P.A.L.S., the Owen Wister Literary Society began in 1924. It pledged to buy library books and band uniforms.
"The Lits - Rice Literary Socieites" The Cornerstone, vol. 5, Summer 2000, Woodson Reasearch Center, Fonden Library, Rice Library