Forest Roberts papers

Summary Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Roberts, Forest, 1901-1997
Forest Roberts papers
Date [inclusive]
1917 - 1997
1.0 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], in the Forest Roberts papers, MSS-050, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Biographical Note

Forest Roberts was born in 1901 in Tabor, Iowa. He received his BA and MA degrees at the State University of Iowa. In 1928, Roberts began his career at Northern as a professor in the Department of English. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Department of Speech and became department head in 1955.

Roberts served in many positions related to speech and forensics. He was Northern's director of Forensics (1928-1963), director of the Upper Peninsula Forensic and Debate Leagues (1932-1964), manager of the Upper Peninsula Debate League (1933-1938) and served as an official certification officer for the Michigan State Department of Speech Pathology (1943-1964). Roberts also established Northern Michigan University's first courses in drama and directed many productions which toured the Upper Peninsula.

Forest Roberts died in 1997.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection documents some of the highlights of Forest Robert's career at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. Topics include the Lydia Olson Library dedication (1950), forensics and debate team program, U.P. Debate League, 1966 speech for a history marker dedication, and a teacher tenure issue. Records include newspaper clippings, Alumni News, programs, photographs, brochure of college songs (1949), correspondence. The collection's materials date from 1917 to 1997.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives 5/5/2010

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855

Revision Description


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift received from Allyn Roberts in 1999.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Forest Roberts participated in an oral history interview about his life and career on July 20, 1994. This interview is available at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Oral History Collection (3302-01), location 2-2-1, item numbers 10 and 11.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Northern Michigan University--Faculty.
  • Northern Michigan University--History--Sources.

Personal Name(s)

  • Roberts, Forest, 1901-1997


  • College teachers--Michigan--Marquette.
  • College theater--Michigan--Marquette.
  • Forensics (public speaking).

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Collection Inventory

 MSS-050 Box 1 of 1 1917-1997   1.0 box


Forest Roberts Memorial VHS Tape 1997 

Lydia M. Olson Library Dedication 

Michigan Education Association 

Michigan High School Forensic Association--Correspondence 

Upper Peninsula Debate League 

Speech Association Materials 

Theatre Dedication 

Teacher Tenure Materials 

"The Nature of Teaching of Oral History Interpretation at Northern Michigan University: The Significant Teachers" by Lloyde L. Van Valkenburgh 1973 

Alumni Materials 

Correspondence--Esther Roberts 

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