The Jabberwock Society was a quasi-literary faculty and student secret society at the University of Virginia. Founded sometime between 1935 and 1939, during a period where other literary societies that sought to rival the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society only lasted one or two sessions and during which even the Washington Society ceased operation, it managed to last until the mid-1950s.[1]

A 1936 report of the University of Virginia's library archivist reported holding minutes for the Jabberwock dating from 1935, and reporting that it worked with a local theatre to bring foreign films to Charlottesville.[2]

The society apparently ran afoul of the administration in 1941-1942; in Corks and Curls that year, a variation on its logo with the V but minus the actual Jabberwock appeared with the red letters CENSORED over it, and all the members (including that year's president, Edward N. Cheek) listed the "Censored Society" in their list of activities.[3]

Faculty members of the Jabberwock included Harry Rogers Pratt, Randall Thompson, Dean Ivey Lewis, F.C. Disque, and Dan S. Norton. Known student members include Edward N. Cheek, Richard Dickens Vermillion, Charles F. Lloyd, O. Edward Pollock and Walter H. Beaman, Jr..

Additionally, the organization awarded its Jabberwock Award for "the student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of the University during the session." Among the recipients of the Jabberwock Award were Charles Edwin Butterworth, Jr. in 1943.[4]

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