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Department of Speech records

Identifier: UA 191


The study of rhetoric and performance has been a part of the curriculum of the University of Oregon since it opened its doors in 1877; the Department of Speech also used to offer classes in radio, film, theatre study, and also dramatic performance. The bulk of the collection (1948-1999) consists of records when the Department of Speech was heavily involved with theatre performance.


  • 1948-1999


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Permanent University Archive public records are available for research, and are subject to state, and in some cases federal freedom of information laws. In compliance with applicable state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, FERPA and HIPAA, specific records that are legally protected, sensitive, private, or confidential are exempt (not subject to disclosure) and closed to protect individual privacy. Access to paper records will be granted after a professional review of the records occurs based on regulations in state and federal laws. Contact Special Collections and University Archives well in advance in order to access these records.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The study of rhetoric and performance has been a part of the curriculum of the University of Oregon since it opened it's doors in 1877.

Classes relating to film and radio study, dramatic performance, as well as literature and linguistics, used to be offered within the Speech department. Many of these classes are now offered under different departments or schools, such as Journalism, Department of English, Department of Theatre Arts, Department of Linguistics, and Cinema Studies.

As of the time of this writing (2013), there is no longer a Department of Speech at the University of Oregon.


3.5 linear feet (3 containers) : 2 record storage boxes, and 1 manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records have been acquired through occasional transfers from the Department of Speech.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to the Department of Speech at Special Collections and University Archives include: University Archives publications, UA Ref 4; University Archives alphabetical subject files, UA Ref 1; University Archives alphabetical subject single files, UA Ref 6.

Other collections relating to linguistics at the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives include: Department of Linguistics, UA 060.

Other collection relating to theatre study or performance at the University of Oregon at Special Collections and University Archives include: Department of Theatre Arts records, UA 088; University Theatre records, UA 148.

Other collections relating to literature study or film study at the University of Oregon at Special Collections and University Archives include: Department of English records, UA 182.

Other collections relating to radio performance or advertising at the University of Oregon at Special Collections and University Archives include: School of Journalism and Communication records, UA 013.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Department of Speech records
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet; updated by processing staff
2013; updated 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA