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Guide to the E Clampus Vitus Historic Sites Collection MS 49
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Description
This collection contains historic site reports compiled by the San Diego-based Squibob Chapter of the E Clampus Vitus fraternal organization, either to apply for historic designation or in preparation of dedication ceremonies and the installation of commemorative plaques.
Background
The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western Heritage, in particular the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area. There are chapters in California, Nevada and other Western states. Members call themselves "Clampers." The organization's name is in Dog Latin, and has no known meaning. The motto of the Order, “Credo Quia Absurdum,” is generally understood as meaning "I believe it because it is absurd." They are perhaps best known for their role in the 1936 “Drake’s Plate of Brass” hoax.
Extent
1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Restrictions
The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.
Availability
This collection is open for research.