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Speech courses have been taught at the University of Maine since 1868 under Merritt Caldwell Fernald. The Department of Speech offered programs in public speaking, theater, play production, and stage direction culminating in stage productions held at the University of Maine that would provide students with the experience of putting on a production. The Department was also instrumental in establishing and overseeing radio and television stations at the University of Maine. The Department sponsored high school debating tournaments and theater workshops and competitions at the University of Maine.

The records contain textual information created and curated by the University of Maine Department of Speech which after a number of combinations and name changes would become the Communication and Journalism Department.

Publication Date



Education, Performing Arts



Size of Collection

1 box

Dates of Collection

1949-1991, bulk 1950-1969

Manuscript Number

UA RG 0006.003.005

Communication & Journalism Department (University of Maine) Records, 1949-1991

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History Commons