Spee Club (Harvard)

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The Spee Club

The Spee Club is a final club at Harvard University. In September 2015 its members voted to admit female members.[1] The club is located at 76 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Spee Club was founded in 1852 as the Rho chapter of the Zeta Psi fraternity. In the fall of 1965, the club was the first Harvard final club to accept an African-American member.[2][3]

Notable alumni include John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.[4] Douglas Kenney, later a co-founder of the National Lampoon and a co-writer of the fraternity-centered film comedy National Lampoon's Animal House, was president of the Spee Club during his senior year at Harvard.[5] The club's mascot is a bear.


  1. ^ inviting women undergraduates to join
  2. ^ "Harvard's Spee Club Accepts Its First Negro Club Member", St. Petersburg Times, December 15, 1965.
  3. ^ "Negro Student Accepts Final Club Membership", The Harvard Crimson, December 10, 1965.
  4. ^ "The Men's Final Clubs", The Harvard Crimson, October 5, 2010.
  5. ^ Josh Karp, A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever (Chicago Review Press, 2006), ISBN 978-1556526022, p.25. Excerpts available at Google Books.