Oratorical Association records

Summary Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives
Oratorical Association records
Date [inclusive]
0.4 Linear feet 1 archive box
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.

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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

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


  • 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 

Box Folder

Constitutions 1897-1899 

1 1

Correspondence 1897 

1 2

Pamphlets, Flyers, Tickets 1896-1898 

1 3

Programs 1891-1916 

1 4


1 5

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Student Honors 

Oratory honors 1906-1937 

Box Folder


1 6

Debate honors 

Box Folder


1 7


1 8


1 9

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