Founded in Chicago in 1910 The Delphian Society was a national organization dedicated to the education of woman.
The name is derived from the ancient Greek priestess Pythia of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi who also served as the Oracle of Delphi. The name Pythia is derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi.
The Delphian Society got their impetus from then President of Harvard University Charles William Eliot who believed that education serves the purpose of inspiring lifelong learning and those who do not receive it "seem to live in a mental vacuum."
Probably best known for their Course of Reading series published in 1913 they also published
Ecco Press, (1993). Includes contributions by Wendell Berry, Colette, Harry Crews, Michael Dorris, MFK Fisher, Charles Lamb, Rose Macaulay, Harry Matthews, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, and Alice Waters among others
Jane Lang Davis and Andy Warhol in front of Warhols's portrait of Davis at Andy Warhol: Portraits opening reception, 1976, From the Seattle Art Museum Photo Archives.
Folio is delighted to add selections from the library of Jane Lang Davis to our collection.
Davis, along with her late husband Richard Lang, were leading proponents of the arts in Seattle.
From the creation of the Pacific Northwest Ballet to the expansion and growth of the Seattle Art Museum Davis was always front and center. She served as a trustee for SAM for over 30 years and along with husband Dave Davis served equally as long on International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in NY.
Richard and Jane also assembled one of the greatest private collections of abstract expressionist and post-war art in the world.