University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Edwin DuBois Shurter Papers, 1907-1942



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shurter, Edwin DuBois, 1863-1946
Title: Shurter, Edwin DuBois, papers
Dates: 1907-1942
Abstract: Professor of communication Edwin DuBois Shurter (1863-1946) joined the UT faculty in 1899 and taught until 1923. He chaired the Department of Speech (1899-1923) and served as director of the extension department (1912-1920). He founded the University Interscholastic League in 1910. Papers concern the publication of texts on speaking and Shurter's professional life at UT.
Accession No.: 1952
OCLC No.: 965799910
Extent: 1 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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).

Sources:

Interscholastic Leaguer, September 1952

Memorial Resolution, Edwin DuBois Shurter, UT Faculty Council


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Shurter, Edwin DuBois, 1863-1946
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Interscholastic Athletic Association
University of Texas at Austin. Division of Extension
Southern Methodist University
Subjects
Speech--Study and teaching.
College sports.
Public speaking.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Dallas (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Arthur Robert Hayes Papers, 1879-1954.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edwin DuBois Shurter Papers, 1907-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2G214 Correspondence:
1909-1926
January-June, 1927
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2G215 June-December, 1927
1928
1929
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2G216 1930-1937
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2G217 Manuscripts:
Selected Addresses on Education
Fragments
Prefaces
Outlines
Corrections
Royalty statements
Contract
Charter of Interscholastic League
Printed material
Miscellaneous
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4N11b Miscellaneous memorabilia, broadsides, printed material, pamphlets, and clippings related to the University of Texas, UT Extension Department, University Interscholastic League, athletics, public speaking, and Southern Methodist University, ca. 1907-1924