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University Debating Association, Student Life Records

Title: University Debating Association, Student Life Records

Creator: University Debating Association

Dates: 1871-1903

Quantity: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 45-01-00

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: University Debating Association, Student Life Records (RG 45-01-00). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Background Note:

Prior to the official establishment of debate as a student activity at the University of Nebraska, debating clubs were organized as adjuncts to already established student literary societies. Inter-club and inter-society debates were limited to members of such clubs as the Palladian Debating Club (est. 1871), the Union Debating Club, the Dellian Debating Club, and the Maxwell Debating Club. In 1892, the University Debating Association organized with the aim of opening up debate activities to all students. UNL students competed in intercollegiate debates and oratorical contests within the state of Nebraska. The first recorded interstate debate was held between the University of Nebraska and the University of Kansas in 1895.

Scope and Content:

Materials in the collection include records, such as constitutions, minutes, and related correspondence. Debate programs and announcements for competitions held under the auspices of statewide oratorical associations include the Nebraska State Oratorical Association, the University Oratorical Association, the Nebraska Collegiate Oratorical Association, and the Inter-State Oratorical Association. These programs from various associations include the slate of orators, officers for the association, and the names of judges on both manuscripts and delivery. Also included are programs for inter-collegiate debates between Nebraska and Colorado and one between Nebraska and the University of Kansas. A publication titled Purple and Gold includes biographical information on participants in the Nebraska Collegiate Oratorical Contest held in February 1904, along with the text of winning orations.


Debates and debating

University of Nebraska (Lincoln campus) -- History

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Constitution, minutes, 1894-1899 Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1893-1899 Box 1. Folder 3. Debate programs and announcements, 1892-1904
Related Materials: Archives & Special Collections Intercollegiate-Debate Seminary (RG 45/02). A detailed description of selected aspects of the student debate at the University of Nebraska can be found in the following master's thesis, Debating at the University of Nebraska, by Donald O. Olson. University of Wisconsin, 1947 (PN 4189,N2 047 1947x).

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