Ralph B. Dennis (1876-1942) Papers
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, curricula 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.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection may contain sensitive materials; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
Ralph Brownell Dennis received a diploma from Northwestern University’s School of Oratory in 1897 and a Bachelor of Letters degree from the University’s College of Liberal Arts in 1901. He became a member of the School of Oratory faculty, its Associate Director in 1913, its 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.
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.
Margaret Faverty, March 29, 1984.
- Guide to the Ralph B. Dennis (1876-1942) Papers
- Margaret Faverty
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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