A Guide to the Edwin DuBois Shurter Papers, 1907-1942
Edwin DuBois Shurter (1863-1946) joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 1899 and taught until 1923. A professor of communication, Shurter was a specialist in public speaking. He organized the UT School of Oratory in 1899, a precursor to the UT Department of Speech, of which he served as chairman, 1899-1923. In 1910 Shurter organized the Texas High School Debating League, which was the foundation for the University Interscholastic League, an organization that promotes competitions for high school students in such areas as literature, mathematics, music, public speaking, spelling, and sports. He additionally served as director of the UT Department of Extension, 1912 to 1920. Shurter was the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Public Speaking (1903), Masterpieces of Modern Oratory (1907), and One Hundred Questions for Debate (1913).
Memorial Resolution, Edwin DuBois Shurter, UT Faculty Council
The Edwin DuBois Shurter Papers, 1907-1942, are comprised of letters, a contract, statements, outlines, poems, broadsides, newspapers, posters, programs, calendars, manuscripts, and pamphlets which concern the publication of texts on speaking and Shurter's activities as professor of public speaking at UT, as director of the School of Citizenship at Southern Methodist University, and with the University Interscholastic League. Miscellaneous memorabilia, clippings, and printed material related to the UT Extension Department, athletics, and public speaking can also be found.
This collection is open for research use.
Edwin DuBois Shurter Papers, 1907-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Papers