The growth and the changes of the literary societies.
By the 1930s, the role of the literary societies began to shift to exclusive clubs for the Houston elite that threw more parties than pursued academics. In the 1940s, the societies became purely social and exclusive. At the behest of Dean Hugh Scott Cameron, a fourth literary society, Sarah Lane Literary Society, formed in 1947 to create more inclusivity.
"The Lits - Rice Literary Socieites" The Cornerstone, vol. 5, Summer 2000, Woodson Reasearch Center, Fonden Library, Rice Library