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Skull and Bones 

is an undergraduate senior secret society at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. It is the oldest senior class landed society at Yale. It was founded in 1832 after a dispute between Yale debating societies Linonia, Brothers in Unity, and the Calliopean Society over that season’s Phi Beta Kappa awards. It was co-founded by William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft as “the Order of the Scull and Bones”. The society’s alumni organization, the Russell Trust Association, owns the society’s real estate and oversees the organization. The society is known informally as “Bones”, and members are known as “Bonesmen”. The first extended description of Skull and Bones, published in 1871 by Lyman Bagg in his book Four Years at Yale, noted that “the mystery now attending its existence forms the one great enigma which college gossip never tires of discussing.” Skull and Bones selects new members among students every spring as part of Yale University’s “Tap Day”, and has done so since 1879. Since the society’s inclusion of women in the early 1990s, Skull and Bones selects fifteen men and women of the junior class to join the society. Skull and Bones “taps” those that it views as campus leaders and other notable figures for its membership. The Skull and Bones Hall is otherwise known as the “Tomb”. The building was built in three phases: the first wing was built in 1856, the second wing in 1903, and Davis-designed Neo-Gothic towers were added to the rear garden in 1912. The front and side facades are of Portland brownstone in an Egypto-Doric style. The 1912 tower additions created a small enclosed courtyard in the rear of the building, designed by Evarts Tracy and Edgerton Swartwout of Tracy and Swartwout, New York. 

Conspiracy theories

The group Skull and Bones is featured in conspiracy theories, which claim that the society plays a role in a global conspiracy for world control. Theorists such as Alexandra Robbins suggest that Skull and Bones is a branch of the Illuminati, having been founded by German university alumni following the order’s suppression in their native land by Karl Theodor, Elector of Bavaria with the support of Frederick the Great of Prussia, or that Skull and Bones itself controls the Central Intelligence Agency. Books written about the society include economist Antony C. Sutton’s America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones and Kris Millegan’s 2003 Fleshing Out Skull and Bones. || Read More || Edit ||

While young visitors might seek fairies in The Huntington’s gardens, I search for them in the Library’s collections on the history of science and technology. The Library may seem like an odd place to go fairy hunting. But as a scholar writing a book on the miniature and Victorian literature, I’ve learned this: miniature things have a habit of creating enchantment in the most unexpected places. And, despite the seeming unlikelihood of such a pursuit, I again and again find fairies in the pages of popular scientific literature.

Continue reading Laura Forsberg’s “Fairy Hunting at The Huntington” on VERSO.

image: Richard Doyle, illustration of “The Fairy Queen Takes an Airy Drive in a Light Carriage, a Twelve-in-hand, drawn by Thoroughbred Butterflies” from In Fairy Land: A series of pictures from the elf-world by William Allingham (1870). The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

Sir William Huntington, born July 9, 1128 in Winchester, England.

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Huntsborough, Ireland, 1171-1175

Although folklore portrays Sir William Huntington as a righteous hero, after he publicly executed the heathens who pillaged and destroyed his village, Huntington decided to keep the more submissive ones as slaves to build his castle.

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Prayer is a defence against the spirit of this world, a bar to the inroads of vanity, a maul upon the head of the old man, and a lash of scorpions for the devil. It is a bridle in the jaws of a persecutor, a spell to a voracious enemy, a dagger at the heart of a heretic, a key to parables and dark sayings, and a battering-ram on the walls of salvation.
—  William Huntington
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The Kid

After miles of traveling aimlessly through dust storms, a mortal traveler will eventually come across a strange gate when reaching the Fallen Gorge.  The origins of this gate are not known, for it had not been visible until Wraith had sunk into the sands of New Mexico.  Sir William Huntington used to travel through this gate and collect people to become slaves to the abyss.  Sinners such as Huntington were free to enter and leave Wraith as they had wished, though Huntington was the only one with a means of travel.  Then came Olaf the Terrible, or “Olaf the Once-Terrible,” who manned the gate to prevent those like Huntington from leaving, and to prevent wandering mortals from entering.  Only those pardoned by Morris Martinov may leave through the gate, on condition that they prove themselves to not be taken by evil.  The majority of others must be able to outrun bullets.

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