Founded in 1904, The Raven Society is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society at the University of Virginia. It is also unique to the University, taking its name in honor of the most famous poem of the University's most famous poet, Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven Society has a distinguished history.

As stated in the Raven Society's Constitution: "This society shall endeavor to bring together outstanding students, faculty, administrators, and alumni of the various schools of the University, that they may derive the benefits of mutual acquaintance, and that by cooperation they may be able to sustain more effectively the honor and dignity of the University; to advance its welfare and interests as opportunities may occur; to encourage diligent scholarship; and to stimulate intellectual activity beyond the limits of systematic work in the classroom." To this end, the Raven Society sponsors scholarships and fellowships in recognition of academic and scholarly excellence.

As an additional service to the University community, the Raven Society works to protect and celebrate the legacy of Edgar Allan Poe's time at the University of Virginia. The Society works with the University to maintain the Poe Room on the West Range of the historic UVa Lawn. And on April 8, 1995, the Raven Society celebrated the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the publication of Poe's The Raven.

Gavel Picture
Raven Society Gavel
Letter to Ravens
Raven Society Council

*Meeting Minutes
Raven Constitution
Raven Award Nomination Form
Raven Fellowship
Anniversary Artwork
Membership Certificates

Poe Resources
Poe as a Student
Poe's Room
Full Text of The Raven
Poe Collections