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Colgate University Student Oratorical and Essay Contests collection, A1014

 Collection
Identifier: A1014

Scope and Contents

This collection contains finalists and prize-winning pieces from student speech and essay contests at Colgate University from the mid nineteenth to mid twentieth century. The speeches and essays address some of the more important and contested issues of their respective eras.

Dates

  • 1867-1971

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical note

According to former University Archivist Howard Williams, in the early twentieth century speaking contests played an important role in campus life. "The Lewis, Rowland and Grout oratorical prizes were eagerly sought after. The chief public speaking contests received as detailed and enthusiastic reporting in the Madisonensis [the student newspaper] as the major games on the gridiron, diamond, or court."

Howard Williams, A History of Colgate, 1819-1869 1819-1869 (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969), 257, http://cu-cel.org/cuhist/.

Extent

3.3 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Title
Guide to the Colgate University Student Oratorical and Essay Contests collection
Status
Completed
Author
Sara Klik and Allyson Smally
Date
February 16, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

Contact:
13 Oak Drive
Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
315-228-6175
315-228-7934 (Fax)