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Junior and Senior Speaking. Records, 1890-1931

Identifier: RG12-71

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of programs for Junior and Senior Speaking events arranged chronologically. There is also a folder with articles from the student newspaper on Senior Speaking events, including a description of the 1919 exercises, which were the last to include orations by students.


  • 1890


Biographical / Historical

The Junior and Senior Speaking exercises grew out of commencement activities, when representatives of the two literary societies would present orations as part of the ceremonies. Over time the number of speeches and the number of days devoted to commencement diminished. Senior speaking became a part of Maxwell Chambers Day usually held in April or March. Senior speaking moved in 1914 to November. In 1920, the Senior class began presenting a ministrel show in the place of senior speaking. The Junior speaking exercises moved from June to February. By the early 1920s, Junior Speaking became more of a variety show and a social weekend. In the 1930s, Junior Speaking became a dance weekend with no actual speaking or public performances.


5.00 folders (5 folders)