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ENGLISH DEBATING SOCIETY FONDS. - - 1884-2002 - 0.89 m of textual records. - 85 multimedia documents. - 1 artifact documents.

Reference Number: 57

Administrative history

The English Debating Society is formed in 1880 by Rev. Louis-Alphonse Nolin to introduce students to public speaking and to encourage diction and fluency. Among its activities, the Society organizes debates, readings, mock parliaments, and plays. Some of these plays are produced with the Drama Society to which the Society is linked from 1908 to 1917 under the name of Debating and Dramatic Society. In 1904, the Society enteres the intercollegiate debate and since then participates successfully in national and international tournaments. Through the years, it also initiates several projects which develop into independent organizations. Among these is the Drama Guild that starts in 1952 and English student newspaper The Fulcrum that publishes its first issue in 1942. Since 1958, it hostess to the annual high-school debating tournament.

Scope and content

The fonds contain files which document the functions of the English Debating Society. It includes minutes (1931-1943; 1976-1978, 1991), annual reports (1969-1983; 1985-1986), constitution and by-laws (1920-1921, 1978), a souvenir album (1923-1924), correspondence (1955-1971, 1990, 1993-1994), debates' programmes and press clippings. The fonds also includes a copy negative of a photo pulled from the souvenir album as well as artifacts that are described within the inventory of the Collection of artifacts (Collection 286).

Immediate source of acquisition: Gift.

Languages: English.

Restrictions: Documents containing confidential and personal information are restricted to consultation and reproduction.The records are submitted to the Copyright's Act.

Finding aids: Inventory of textual records; inventory of multimedia records.

Associated material: Société des débats anglais (FE 201-300), Saint Paul University Archives, 175 Main St., Ottawa, Ont., K1S 1C3.

Accessions: Waiting for the signature of the donation contract.


FONDS ENGLISH DEBATING SOCIETY. - - 1884-2002 - 0,89 m de documents textuels. - 85 documents multimédias. - 1 document artefacts.

Numéro de fond: 57

Portée et contenu

Le fonds contient des dossiers portant sur les fonctions de l’English Debating Society. Il comprend des procès-verbaux du Comité exécutif (1931-1944, 1976-1978, 1991), des rapports annuels (1969-1983, 1985-1986), la constitution et les règlements (1920-1921, 1978), un album souvenir (1923-1924), de la correspondance (1955-1971, 1990, 1993-1994), des programmes des débats et des coupures de presse. Le fonds contient également un négatif de copie d'une photo tirée de l'album souvenir ainsi que des artefacts décrits dans l'inventaire de la Collection des artéfacts (Collection 286).

Source immédiate d'acquisition: Don.

Langues: Anglais.

Restrictions: Les documents contenant des informations personnelles et confidentielles sont restreints à la consultation et à la reproduction.Les documents sont soumis à la Loi sur les droits d'auteur.

Instruments de recherche: Inventaire des documents textuels; inventaire des documents multimedias.

Documents connexes: Société des débats anglais (FE 201-300), Archives de l'Université Saint-Paul, 175 rue Main, Ottawa, Ont., K1S 1C3.

Versements complémentaires: En attente de signature du contrat de donation.

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