There are at present some fifteen clubs at Harvard formed to unite men from various sections of the country. The purpose of these clubs is on the whole social; they bring together for an evening meeting or, in the case of the larger clubs, for meals and social purposes, a number of men who have like home interests. In so far as they give pleasure to their members, the clubs justify their existence; but they might, through establishing closer relations with their home Harvard clubs, be of much greater influence in helping to make a more unified Harvard spirit throughout the country.
The Harvard clubs at present are acquainted with undergraduate life largely through the papers and the Graduates' Magazine; there is very little real unity with undergraduate interests such as might come about through a closer relation with territorial clubs in Cambridge. If there could be an undergraduate territorial club to correspond to every graduate Harvard Club, there would be a relationship established between the undergraduates and graduates from any one part of the country which would be of great advantage to both. The secretaries of the territorial clubs could inform the secretaries of the home Harvard Clubs of their members, and through mutual acquaintance in the vacations a step could be made in the right direction. The furthering of Harvard spirit in this way might easily lead to the foundation of more Harvard Club Scholarships; and the holders, through the territorial clubs, could be better looked after when they come to College than is possible with the present lack of organization.
In addition, men who do not come from towns which support Harvard Clubs could on graduation form clubs in their towns. Any increase in the number of such spheres of Harvard influence and the close touch with undergraduate affairs which correspondence could effect should be the means both of crystallizing the influence of the University in the various communities, and of enabling the undergraduate body to get the best out of the experience and influence of the alumni.