Debating Club Records
Scope and Content
The Debating Club Records is comprised of a record book and papers containing meeting minutes, membership lists, and attendance records that document club activities from its founding in 1928 until 1940. Meeting topics include the election of officers, debate topics, and logistical discussions about upcoming competitions.
Papers found interleaved in the record book include a copy of the Debating Club Constitution and By-Laws, meeting minutes, membership lists, and debate preparation materials.
- Creation: 1928-1940
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The State Teachers College Debating Club formed in 1927 with 15 original members, with the goal to “train its members in the art of debate and oratory and foster intercollegiate debating and oratory.” Between 1927 and the early 1940s, members of the Debating Club competed against students from Bridgewater College, State Teachers College at Farmville, Randolph Macon Women’s College, Waynesboro College, King College, and Shepherdstown College, among other colleges. The club was discontinued by 1942, though other debate and forensics organizations formed in subsequent years.
0.12 cubic feet (2 folders)
Language of Materials
The Debating Club Records is comprised of a record book and papers containing meeting minutes, membership lists, and attendance records, documenting club activities from its founding in 1928 until 1940.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Items were in the cage at the time of founding.
Other Formats Available
Selected portions of the record book have been digitized. They include the Constitution and Bylaws Draft 1, Constitution and Bylaws Draft 2, and Pledge with Signatures.
- Dingledine, Raymond C. “Madison College, the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958.” Harrisonburg, VA: Madison College, 1959.
- “Debating Club is organized here.” The Breeze, January 7, 1928. Accessed February 13, 2018. http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1348&context=i19221929
Items were minimally processed, originally located in SU 93-0331, Minutes and Scrapbooks.
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- A Guide to the Debating Club Records, 1928-1940
- Sarah Roth-Mullet
- February 2018
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