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Records of the Owen L. Coon Memorial Debate Tournament

 Collection
Identifier: 20/59

Scope and Contents

This series, filling four boxes, is comprised primarily of tournament records kept by Directors of Forensics David Zerefsky (1971–75) and Thomas Goodnight (1976–1984). The records span the years 1956–1987, with the bulk falling between 1968 and 1978. Included are correspondence, invitations and confirmations, entry forms and cancellations, programs, press releases, team cards, tournament tabulation and results, tournament news, schedules and some planning checklists. Also included are schematics for arranging the contests, and timekeeping and judging information. Many folders are missing records for various years. The programs range from 1956–1987, but are missing for 1957, 1977, 1985, and 1986. Team cards list who each team competed against for the first eight rounds as well as the results.

Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject while the contents of the folders are arranged chronologically. Undated materials are filed at the back of each folder. The entry forms, registration forms, and team cards are arranged alphabetically by the name of the competing school. Alphabetization is consistent with other lists within the records, so that UCLA is filed under “U” and University of California at Santa Barbara is filed under “S.”

Dates

  • 1956 - 1987
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1968 - 1978

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

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 specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

4.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Northwestern University has sponsored an inter-collegiate debate tournament since 1872. The tournament was renamed the Owen L. Coon Memorial Debate Tournament around 1957, after the Owen L. Coon Foundation began sponsoring it. Coon was an alumnus of Northwestern and a member of the University's Board of Trustees. This series, filling four boxes, is comprised primarily of tournament records kept by David Zerefsky and Thomas Goodnight. Included are correspondence, invitations and confirmations, entry forms and cancellations, programs, press releases, team cards, tournament tabulation and results, tournament news, schedules and some planning checklists. Also included are schematics for arranging the contests, and timekeeping and judging information.

Arrangement Note

Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject while the contents of the folders are arranged chronologically. Undated materials are filed at the back of each folder. The entry forms, registration forms, and team cards are arranged alphabetically by the name of the competing school. Alphabetization is consistent with other lists within the records, so that UCLA is filed under “U” and University of California at Santa Barbara is filed under “S.”

Method of Acquisition

These records were transferred to the University Archives by Thomas Goodnight, Director of Forensics, on August 16, 1984, as Accession #84-222, separated from Accession# 84-131.

Separated Materials

These materials were removed from Accession# 84-131 and accessioned as #84-222.

Two cubic feet of duplicate material and two boxes of extraneous material were discarded during processing.

Processing Information

Michele Whisenhunt, August 1997.
Title
Guide to the Records of the Owen L. Coon Memorial Debate Tournament
Author
Michele Whisenhunt
Date
01/08/1997
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635