Owl Club (Harvard)

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The Owl Clubhouse

The Owl Club is an all-male final club at Harvard University.


The Owl Club was founded in 1896 by Reginald Mansfield Johnson, Malcolm Scollay Greenough, Jr., Frazier Curtis, Preston Player, Charles Clifford Payson, Austen Fox Riggs, and Dudley Hall Bradlee, Jr. Originally established as a secret society, the Club held its meetings in Cambridge's Polo Club Alley before purchasing land on the corner of Holyoke Street and Holyoke Place in 1901.

In 1905, architect James Purdon of Purdon and Little drew up plans for the Georgian clubhouse, and on June 24 of that year the cornerstone of the present clubhouse was laid. The new building was formally opened on March 24, 1906, the tenth anniversary of the Club.

In 1916, it was voted to officially change the name from “Phi Delta Psi Club” to “Owl Club”. The club had become informally known as The Owl as an abbreviation of its Greek name, Ἀυλὸς χαὶ Ἔκπωμα.

Notable members[edit]


  1. ^ Howe, Mark Anthony De Wolfe (1922). Memoirs of the Harvard Dead in the War Against Germany, Vol 3. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  2. ^ "Widener's Wish Fulfilled" (PDF). The New York Times. 4 October 1912.
  3. ^ Curt Sampson (2005). The Slam: Bobby Jones and the Price of Glory. Harvard University Press.
  4. ^ "Robert G. Stone Jr. '45-'47, Who Led Panel That Picked Summers as Chief, Dies at Age 83", The Harvard Crimson, Thursday, April 20, 2006
  5. ^ Student Council of Harvard College (1915). Harvard University Register, vol 42.
  6. ^ "Sorry Clubbie", The Harvard Crimson, Wednesday, May 26, 1965
  7. ^ "Charles Veley". Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Oakland Athletics Executive Bios". Retrieved 8 May 2011.


  • Owl Club of Harvard College, Membership Directory, 1998, Puritan Press, New Hampshire

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Coordinates: 42°22′17″N 71°07′07″W / 42.3715°N 71.1187°W / 42.3715; -71.1187