Colgate University Student Oratorical and Essay Contests collection, 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.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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/.
3.3 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
- Guide to the Colgate University Student Oratorical and Essay Contests collection
- Sara Klik and Allyson Smally
- February 16, 2015
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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