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Pacific University Forensics Collection

Identifier: RG-7-115

Scope and Contents

The Pacific University Forensics Collection includes speech and debate programs, written orations, news clippings related to oratorical events paticipated in or attended by Pacific University students. Also included is a scrapbook of Pacific University music and debate programs probably made by a class of 1900 student. Many events were sponsored by the Inter-Collegiate Oratorial Association of Oregon.


  • 1880-1941

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Pacific University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Pacific University is retained by Pacific University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Historical Note

Intercollegiate debate competitions did not begin until 1898, however, long before that date debate was an important part of Pacific's student life, with the earliest record of home rhetorical contests being in 1888. Oratory at Pacific was also a significant part of the forensics team, with the state contest being held at Pacific in 1904 and a student by the name of Frank Peters winning first place. The team had annual banquets to honor its members and commencement recitals to honor graduating members every year. It is a long-standing tradition because Pacific's Speech and Debate team still persists with a great record and currently participate in state and international competition.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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No accruals are expected.


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Finding aid written in English.
Sponsored by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Repository Details

Part of the Pacific University Archives Repository

2043 College Way
Forest Grove OR 97116 United States