Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Forest Roberts papers
Table of Contents
- 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.
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.
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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Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions. Open for research.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Gift received from Allyn Roberts in 1999.
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.
Controlled Access Headings
- Northern Michigan University--Faculty.
- Northern Michigan University--History--Sources.
- Roberts, Forest, 1901-1997
- College teachers--Michigan--Marquette.
- College theater--Michigan--Marquette.
- Forensics (public speaking).
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
Teacher Tenure Materials
"The Nature of Teaching of Oral History Interpretation at Northern Michigan University: The Significant Teachers" by Lloyde L. Van Valkenburgh 1973