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Nautilus records

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9075

Scope and Contents

Contains four items from the Brigham Young University social unit for female students in Provo, Utah, called Nautilus: an initiation letter, a membership list, an invitation card, and a handbook. The initiation letter is a typed document that lays out instructions for what those joining Nautilus, called pledges, need to do and how they should act to be initiated into Nautilus. Some of these things include memorizing all member's names, memorizing a schedule of meetings, and keeping their initiation a secret from the public. The member list is a typed document dated October 10th, 1920. It lists 85 members and 22 other names written on the back. The invitation card is an undated, handwritten card that invites Helen Carlson to join Nautilus. Finally, the handbook is titled, "To the Nautilus from The Pledges of 1930." It contains the poem "The Chambered Nautilus" by Oliver Wendell Holmes. It also has five songs with lyrics, including "Pledge Song," and "Club Song." Contents date from approximately 1920 to 1930.


  • approximately 1920-1930


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Nautilus records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Administrative History

Nautilus (1927-1962) was a social unit for female students at Brigham Young University. It was the second unit to be chartered at Brigham Young University in 1927 and was later disbanded by university at end of the 1961-1962 school year.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Merrill-Cazier Library. Special Collections and Archives, Utah State University, in May 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Merrill-Cazier Library. Special Collections and Archives; May 2017.


Students and student organizations (University Archives Collection Development Policy, V. b. ii. 2. c, October 2015).

Processing Information

Processed; Nate Burroughs, Manuscript Processing Specialist, and Cory Nimer, Curator; 2017.

Register of Nautilus records
Nate Burroughs, Manuscript Processing Specialist
2017 October 27
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Revision Statements

  • 2018 March 26: Updating for DACS Compliance; Hayley Gorham; March 2018.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US