Northwestern

Dennis, Ralph B. (1876-1942) Papers, Edit

Summary

Identifier
20/25

Dates

  • 1897-1978 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Notes

  • Abstract

    Ralph Brownell Dennis was born September 21, 1876, in Tama, Iowa. He received a diploma from Northwestern’s School of Oratory in 1897 and a Bachelor of Letters degree from the University’s College of Liberal Arts in 1901, and then became a member of the School of Oratory faculty. Dennis became the Associate Director in 1913, Director in 1916, and Dean of the School in 1919, serving until his retirement in 1942. Dennis worked to expand and modernize the School of Oratory (later the School of Speech) during his tenure. The Ralph B. Dennis Papers fill one half-size box and span the years from 1897 to 1978. Included in the series are biographical materials, correspondence, speeches and articles, a travelogue, and materials relating to declamation contests.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Ralph B. Dennis Papers fill one half-size box and span the years from 1897 to 1978. Included in the series are biographical materials, correspondence, speeches and articles, a travelogue, and materials relating to declamation contests.

    One folder of biographical materials which span the period 1897-1978 includes Dennis' university matriculation papers and transcript, vitae, and clippings.

    The correspondence, generally copies of outgoing letters, dates from 1922 to 1942. It documents a variety of routine administrative matters pertaining to the School of Speech such as curriculum, graduate placement, and enrollment. Much of the correspondence is addressed to students and concerns academics and disciplinary matters. Numerous student recommendations also are included. A small amount of correspondence written by Assistant Dean Clarence T. Simon may be found here. The correspondence is arranged in chronological order within two folders.

    A small number of Dennis' briefer speeches and articles is arranged in one folder.

    A travelogue, published by Northwestern in 1940, details Dennis' world travels of 1939. The travelogue is a compilation of the letters Dennis wrote while overseas.

    Materials relating to declamation contests are arranged in one folder. Included are correspondence dating from 1934-1935 as well as typewritten statements (c. 1936-1937) pertaining to the organization of these contests.

  • Method of Acquisition

    The Ralph B. Dennis Papers were transferred to the University Archives on January 27, 1984 (Accession #84-17). A small amount of correspondence has been added from series 20/16, School of Speech Personnel Files.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This series may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

  • Processing Information

    Margaret Faverty, March 29, 1984.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

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