Oratorical Association records
04.OA

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Oratorical Association records
ID
04.OA
Date [inclusive]
1899-1903
Extent
0.4 Linear feet 1 archive box
Language
English
Abstract
The Oratorical Association records include materials pertaining to the Michigan State Normal College student organization, which practiced debate and oratory. Records include graphic materials such as scrapbook pages, flyers, posters, and programs, as well as administrative papers such as correspondence and constitutions. Some materials from the Department of Elocution and Oratory are also included. The records are dated approximately 1916 to 1937.

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 Oratorical Society was established 1891 at Michigan State Normal College, as a student organization associated with the Department of Elocution and Oratory. The students practiced debates and oratorical programs, and competed with societies from other colleges in Michigan.

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Scope and Contents

The Oratorical Association records include administrative papers such as correspondence, bound constitutions, and student honors listings, as well as graphic materials such as pamphlets and flyers, programs, event tickets, scrapbook pages (unbound), posters. The bulk of the material is dated approximately 1891 to 1937.

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Arrangement of Materials

The Oratorical Association records have been divided into two series:  Administration and history and  Student Honors. The Administration and history series includes records pertaining to the founding and functions of the Society, such as constitutions, correspondence, pamphlets, programs, and posters. The Student Honors series includes index cards identifying students, arranged in alphabetical order by academic year, who received honors in either Oratory or Debate.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 May 16

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

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 and school drama
  • Debates and debating
  • Elocution
  • Elocution--Study and teaching
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Michigan State Normal School
  • Oratory
  • Students
  • Theater

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Collection Inventory

Administration and history 1891-1916 

Constitutions 1897-1899 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995153)   1 1

Correspondence 1897 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995153)   1 2

Pamphlets, Flyers, Tickets 1896-1898 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995153)   1 3

Programs 1891-1916 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995153)   1 4

Scrapbook 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995153)   1 5

Posters 1896-1898 

FlatFile

Annual Oratorical Contest 

B14

Eighth Annual Normal News Oratorical Contest 1896 

B14

Debate to Choose a Team to Contest with Albion 1898 

B14

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Student Honors 

Oratory honors 1906-1937 

Box
1
Folder
6

 1906-1937 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995153)   1 6

Debate honors 

 1906-1925 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995153)   1 7

 1925-1934 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995153)   1 8

 1934-1937 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995153)   1 9

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