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National High School Institute

 Organization

The National High School Institute at Northwestern University was established in 1930. The first journalism institute was held the summer of 1934 on an entirely experimental basis and without benefit of university financial backing. William R. Slaughter served as director and Floyd G. Arpan as assistant director. In 1935 the second edition of the institute was also under the direction of these two men, Mr. Slaughter serving as acting director but being primarily concerned with the direction of the journalism summer school. With the death of Harry F. Harrington of the Medill School of Journalism in September, 1935, Mr. Slaughter took over the acting leadership of the school and relinquished his connection with the institute, Mr. Arpan becoming director. Northwestern University also agreed at this time to take over the financial backing of the institute since it was found that the institute was a good new student project as well as an excellent publicity medium for Northwestern University in the high schools about the country. It was decided at this time to combine the journalism institute with the two institutes in dramatics and debate which were being offered by the School of Speech. Mr. Arpan was placed in general direction of the publicity for all three institutes. Eventually the National High School Iinstitute offered programs in business, debate and public speaking, education, engineering, music, electronic communications media, communication studies, and communicative disorders. Participants live in University dormitories and take courses taught by Northwestern University faculty, faculty from other institutions, and working professionals.

In 1959, Professor Ben H. Baldwin took over the directorship of the journalism institute, and served for ten years until 1967. In 1967, Division Director and Assistant Professor Raymond C. Nelson became responsible for the journalism institute.

The Medill School of Journalism’s division of the Institute is traditionally a five-week course for high school students which touches on almost all phases of journalism, including reporting, creative writing, contemporary thought, feature writing, editorial writing, news editing and layout. The program consist of lab sessions, lectures and seminars, workshops, field trips, panel discussions, film clinics and evaluations by staff members. Informal parties, a traditional “Chicago Night Out” and an awards night banquet form part of the social phase of the institute.

NHSI students have been known as “Cherubs” since the 1930s when Ralph Dennis, Dean of the School of Speech and founder of the program, admitted that “cherubs they ain't.”

For a brief history of the program, see: Lynn Miller Rein, Northwestern University School of Speech: A History (Northwestern University, 1981), pages 231–234.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Medill School of Journalism National High School Institute

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Identifier: 16/4
Abstract The National High School Institute at Northwestern University was established in 1930. The first journalism institute was held the summer of 1934. The Medill School of Journalism's division of the Institute is traditionally a five-week course for high school students which touches on almost all phases of journalism, including reporting, creative writing, contemporary thought, feature writing, editorial writing, news editing and layout. The program consists of lab sessions, lectures and...

National High School Institute Photographs

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Identifier: 21/1
Abstract This Series is comprised of photos from the National High School Institute summer programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Music and Speech. The bulk of the photos date from the years 1950-1970. There are class photos for many of the years. There are also photos of students in the classroom, in the lab, and on trips into the city of Chicago. The photos are organized first alphabetically by program, then chronologically, then by size of photos.

Records of the School of Speech, National High School Institute

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Identifier: 20/10
Abstract The Speech Program’s section of the National High School Institute program is the largest division in the High School Institute at Northwestern. High school students who participate in the summer institute spend five weeks at Northwestern. The Institute was established at Northwestern in 1930 and is the oldest in the country. Although the Speech Papers are incomplete, they fall roughly into thirteen major subject groups, collected in ten boxes. Examples of the types of materials included are:...

School of Speech National High School Institute Course and Instructor Evaluations

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Identifier: 20/36
Abstract Filling six boxes and spanning the period 1983-90, this series is comprised of evaluations of courses offered in the Institute's Radio-TV-Film/Communicative Disorders, Forensics, and Theatre Arts divisions. The evaluations assess each course's methods, structure, and overall worth, as well as the techniques employed by the instructor. Both standardized and narrative formats are utilized in the evaluations.

School of Speech National High School Institute Faculty Administrative and Personnel Records

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Identifier: 20/27
Abstract This series, filling two and one-half boxes and spanning the period 1973-1984, includes the faculty administrative and personnel records of the School of Speech's National High School Institute. The records are divided into four subseries: general administrative records, divisional records, faculty meetings, and receptions.

School of Speech National High School Institute Student Application Records

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Identifier: 20/24
Abstract The Speech Program’s section of the National High School Institute is the largest division in the High School Institute at Northwestern. High school students who participate in the summer institute spend five weeks at Northwestern. The Institute was established at Northwestern in 1930 and is the oldest in the country. Included are detailed admission application forms which record biographical information, third party evaluations of personality characteristics, and high school course grades for...

School of Speech National High School Institute Student Evaluations

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Identifier: 20/26
Abstract This series fills eleven boxes and spans the period 1973-1987. Included are evaluations of students enrolled in the Institute's Radio-TV-Film/Communicative Disorders, Forensics, and Theatre Arts (formerly known as Drama and Interpretation and Performance and Production) divisions. The evaluations assess each student's skills through both standardized and narrative formats.

School of Speech National High School Institute Student Record Cards

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Identifier: 20/35
Abstract This series fills three boxes and spans the period 1979-1982. Included are student record cards for students applying to the School of Speech's National High School Institute. Each card includes the applicant's name, gender, address, phone number, city, state, parents' names, high school, and year in school. Also included on the cards are the applicant's class rank, grade point average, and PSAT score, along with award and honors and activities. Also included are the applicant's height, weight,...