Forensics Team records
04.FT

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Forensics Team records
ID
04.FT
Date [inclusive]
1937-2010
Extent
21.4 Linear feet 20 archive boxes, 7 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folder, 3 slide boxes, 1 halfsize archive box, 1 record center carton
Language
English
Abstract
The Forensics Team records contain materials pertaining to Eastern Michigan University's competitive student organization. The Forensics Team was established in 1963, on the foundation of the debate team, and since 1973 has won over 40 Michigan State Team Championships and placed in the top ten nationally. Materials in this collection includes membership information, publications and press releases, recordings of student members, and awards and trophies from their local and national wins. The strength of the collection lies in the administrative materials section, which includes travel authorizations, results from national and regional competitions, competitions schedules, congratulatory messages, tournament handbooks, tournament invitations, fundraising announcements, personal information sheets, and telegrams. Also of note is the collection of scrapbooks, dating to 1929. The inception and evolution of the Eastern Michigan University Forensics Program is illustrated in materials included in this collection, and it gives significant insight into the role of debate and drama in the lives of EMU students.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Administrative History

The Eastern Michigan University Forensices Team was formally established as the Varsity Debaters-Speech Union in 1963, although students had previously participated in speech and debate competitions. They were closely associated with the Speech Department and Pi Kappa Delta, an honorary speech society. Since the founding, the Forensics Team has competed locally and nationally, accruing many awards and honors.

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Scope and Contents

The Forensics Team records contain materials pertaining to Eastern Michigan University's competitive student organization. The Forensics Team was established in 1963, on the foundation of the debate team, and since 1973 has won over 40 Michigan State Team Championships and placed in the top ten nationally.

The collection has been divided into three series: Administrative Materials, Audio/Visiual and Awards and Trophies. Materials in this collection includes membership information, publications and press releases, recordings of student members, and awards and trophies from their local and national wins. The strength of the collection lies in the administrative materials section, which includes travel authorizations, results from national and regional competitions, competitions schedules, congratulatory messages, tournament handbooks, tournament invitations, fundraising announcements, personal information sheets, and telegrams. Also of note is the collection of scrapbooks, dating to 1929. The inception and evolution of the Eastern Michigan University Forensics Program is illustrated in materials included in this collection, and it gives significant insight into the role of debate and drama in the lives of EMU students.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2013 January 16

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-2673
lib_archives@emich.edu

Revision Description

 Addition of the 2014 accession from the Forensic Team Office.  2017 May

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • College campuses
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Forensics

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Collection Inventory

Administrative Materials 1937-2009 

Box Folder

1979-1980 1979-1980 

9 1

1980-1981 1980-1981 

9 2

1980-1983 1982-1983 

9 3

1983-1984 1983-1984 

9 4

1984-1985 1984-1985 

9 5

1985-1986 1985-1986 

9 6

1986-1987 1986-1987 

9 7

1988-1989 1988-1989 

9 8

1989-1990 1989-1990 

9 9

1990-1991 1990-1991 

10 1-2

1992-1993 1992-1993 

10 3-6

1993-1994 1993-1994 

11 1-2

1994-1995 1994-1995 

11 3

1995-1996 1995-1996 

11 4

1996-1997 1996-1997 

11 5-6

1997-1998 1997-1998 

11 7-9

1998-1999 1998-1999 

12 1-2

1999-2000 1999-2000 

12 3-4

2000-2001 2000-2001 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310239)   12 5
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310395)   13 1

2001-2002 2001-2002 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310387)   14 1-2
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310395)   13 3-6

2002-2003 2002-2003 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310387)   14 3-6
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310379)   15 1-3

2003-2004 2003-2004 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310361)   16 1-3
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310379)   15 4-6

2004-2005 2004-2005 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310353)   17 1
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023310361)   16 4-6

Box Folder

2006 2006 

17 2

2007 2007 

17 3-4

2008 2008 

17 5

2009 2009 

17 6

Clippings 1959-2011 

1 1-2

Correspondence 1976 

1 3

Nationals Results 2001 

13 2

News Releases 1958-2004 

1 4-5

Programs and Brochures 1937-1999 

1 6

Student Organization forms 1963-1985 

1 8

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Audio/Visual 

Reel-tape Recordings 1937-2015 

Box Folder

Various class speeches 1969 

20 1

Woodstock Recordings 1969 

20 2

Oratory Winners 1976 

20 2

Slideshow 1977 

20 4

Slideshow 1978 

20 5

Slideshow 1978 

20 6

Slideshow 1979 

21 1

Forensics Showcase 1979 

21 2

Nationals 1980 

21 3

Slideshow 1980 

21 4

Unidentified 1971 

21 5

Michigan Peace Conference 1970-1985 

21 6

Capital Punishment Speeches 1960-1985 

22 1

Slideshow 1983 

22 2

Assorted Speeches 1970-1985 

22 3

Unidentified Presentations 1970-1985 

22 4

George Burns 1970-1985 

22 5

Persuasive Speeches 1970-1985 

22 6

Unidentified Presentations 1970-1985 


    Box Folder
Audio (32307023310171)   23 4
    Box Folder
Audio (32307023310171)   23 6-7
    Box Folder
Audio (32307023310171)   23 1-2

Box Folder

Night Class Finals 1970-1985 

23 3

Pop Music 1960-1975 

23 5

Presentation Examples 1960-1985 

31 1

Audio Reel Index 1960-1985 

31 3

VHS Recordings 1937-2015 

Box Object

Rodney Slater 1996 

6 1

Nationals Showcase 1999 

6 2

Nationals Showcase 2000 

6 3

Slideshow 2000-2001 

6 4

Nationals Showcase 2002 

6 5

Nationals Showcase 2002 

6 6

Nationals Showcase 2002 

6 7

Daniel Kalota 2000-2010 

6 8

Poetry Finals 1990-2010 

6 9

Oratory Composite 1990-2010 

6 10

A World of Costumes 1990-2010 

6 11

Ads 1990-2010 

6 12

Various Presentations 1990-2010 

6 13

Unidentified 1990-2010 

6 14
Box Folder

Matt Ziske Presentation 1999 

31 2

Visual Materials 

Box Folder

Negatives 1990-2000 

19 5-6

Photographs 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307024756489)   1 7
    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023310213)   19 1-4
    Box
Graphic materials (32307023310221)   18

Scrapbooks 1937-2015 

Box

1978-1979 1978-1979 

24

1977-1978 1977-1978 

25

Reunion 1973-1993 1973-1993 

26

1980-1981 1980-1981 

27

1929-1962 1929-1962 

28

1963-1964 1963-1964 

29
Box Folder

Tournament Scrapbook 1985 

17 7

Slides 1977-1996 

Box
30
Box
7
Box
8

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Awards and Trophies 1994-2010 

Oversize

Certificate of Achievement at the Oakland Community College Forensice Tournament, 1st Place Finish 23 October 

6

National Forensic Association 1999 

Box Folder

President's Sweepstakes, Individual Event Nationals, 3rd Place Debate plaque 1999 

3 4

President's Sweepstakes, Individual Event Nationals 2nd Place Debate plaque 1999 

4 3

President's Sweepstakes, Individual Event Nationals, 1st Place Debate plaque 1999 

4 2
Box Object

Boilermarker Special Tournament Sweeps, 3rd Place plaque 1999 

5 2
Box Folder

36th Annual Age of Aquarius Team Sweepstakes Individual Events, 1st Place plaque 2005 

4 1

Bulldog Battle Team Sweepstakes, Butler Universitym 1st Place plaque 2006 

3 2
Oversize

Forensics Team Alums and Friends Prize Money Check 2006 April 5 

1
Box Folder

"Use Your Words" Tournament, Miami University, 2nd Place Team Sweepstakes plaque 2009 

4 4

Miami University, 3rd Place Sweepstakes, Redhawk Royale plaque 2009 

4 5

Ohio University Alumni Tournament, Large Entry, 1st Place plaque 2010 

3 3
Object

Bulldog Battle, Team Sweeps Individual Events, 1st Place 2010 

4
Box Object

BGSU Falcon Classic Division I Team Sweepstakes, 1st Place 2010 

5 1
Object

29th Novice Nationals, 3rd Place Team, Division I 2011 

5

Red Hawk Rumble, Miami 2010 

Box Folder

Brass Knuckles Combo Tournament Champions 2010 

1 9

Brass Knuckles Speech Sweepstakes Champions 2010 

1 10

Brass Knuckles Speech Quality Team Award 2010 

1 11

M.I.S.L. 1994-2009 

Box Object

Fall M.I.S.L. 1st Place Sweepstakes 2000 

32 1

M.I.S.L. Novice, Ferris State University, 3rd Place Sweepstakes 2003 

32 2

Fall M.I.S.L., Ferris State University, 1st Place Sweepstakes 2006 

32 3

M.I.S.L. Novice Champ, 1st Team Sweeps 2010 

32 4

M.I.S.L. Novice Open Division Champion 2010 

32 5

M.I.S.L. Impromptu Speaking, 1st Place 2011 

32 6

Fall M.I.S.L. 2nd Place Team Sweepstakes trophy 1994 

2 1

Fall M.I.S.L. 3rd Place Team Sweepstakes trophy 1995 

2 2
Object

M.I.S.L. State Tournament, U of M, 1st Place, Large School 2004 

6

M.I.S.L. JCC/WMU Tourney Sweepstakes, 1st 2005 

2
Box Folder

M.I.S.L. Novice Tournament, 1st Place Sweepstakes plaque 2006 

3 5

Wayne State University, M.I.S.L. Novice State Tournament, Team Sweepstakes, 1st Place 2009 

3 1
Object

M.I.S.L. State Championship Quality Award 2010 

3

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Object

Tower LD Debate magnifying glass 2007   0.4 Linear feet

1