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Records of The Kirk Oratory Contest

 Collection
Identifier: 20/54
The records of the Kirk Oratory Contest cover the years 1949-1970; records for the years 1953 and 1965 are missing. Folders are chronologically arranged by year. Each folder is internally arranged by type of material and includes, when available: 1) lists of speakers; 2) judges' ballots; 3) judges' summaries, comments and evaluations, often detailed; 4) speeches and/or outlines of speeches (arranged alphabetically by orator's name); 5) announcements (rules, programs, posters, etc.); 6) correspondence (arranged by date). These records are a mixture of handwritten originals (judges' ballots and comments), original and carbon copied typescripts, and mimeographed copies.

Included are also records pertaining to the Northern Oratorical League Contest for the years 1954-1958, 1970. These follow the Kirk Contest folders and have a similar chronological internal arrangement.

Speeches found in the Kirk Contest records provide a reflection of the concerns of the era in which they were written. The topics range widely from the threat of communism and the problem of President Eisenhower's health in the 1950s to civil rights issues in the 1960s.

Dates

  • 1949-1970

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Extent

1.00 Boxes

Abstract

The Kirk Oratory Contest was established at Northwestern University in 1878 with a $100 award for 1st prize donated by Mrs. James S. Kirk, whose husband was a trustee of the University from 1878 until his death in 1886. The records of the Kirk Oratory Contest cover the years 1949-1970; records for the years 1953 and 1965 are missing. Each folder includes, when available: 1) lists of speakers; 2) judges' ballots; 3) judges' summaries, comments and evaluations, often detailed; 4) speeches and/or outlines of speeches (arranged alphabetically by orator's name); 5) announcements (rules, programs, posters, etc.); 6) correspondence (arranged by date). Included are also records pertaining to the Northern Oratorical League Contest for the years 1954-1958, 1970. The topics range widely from the threat of communism and the problem of President Eisenhower's health in the 1950s to civil rights issues in the 1960s.

Arrangement Note

Folders are chronologically arranged by year.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred to the University Archives from the School of Speech on August 26, 1991, as Accession #91-156.

Separated Materials

About two inches of duplicates and multiple announcements were discarded.

Processing Information

William K. Beatty, March, 1994.
Title
Guide to the Records of The Kirk Oratory Contest
Author
William K. Beatty
Date
01/03/1994
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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