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Phi Rho Pi Forensics Scrapbooks collection Edit


UA 010


  • 1977 – 1995 (Creation)


  • 4.17 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    This is a collection of scrapbooks from the Phi Rho Pi Forensics Squad. These scrapbooks contain records of student members, tournaments and results, along with group, events, and recreational photos.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Phi Rho Pi is a national non-profit organization sponsoring clubs on junior college campuses to stimulate interest in speech and debate. Phi Rho Pi was founded by Sylvia Mariner in 1927 and is one of the oldest forensics organizations in the US. Phi Rho Pi offers community college and junior college students the only full service national tournament in the United States with eleven individual events, three forms of debate, and interpreters' theater. Dixie State usually competed in eight events which were the following: Reader's theater, Duet Acting, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, After Dinner Speaking, and Oral Interpretation. Dixie State in Saint George, Utah was in Region III which also included the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Southern Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, and Wyoming.

    The Dixie State Phi Rho Pi club, also known as the Forensics Squad, can be found in yearbooks dating back to 1967 and at least up to 2001 in the Dixie Sun newspaper. It is known that Dixie State had debate and forensics classes and clubs since the beginning of the college in 1911. Forensics is the theatrical event that blends interpretation with acting with the intent to persuade one’s opinion. Students of speech and debate were involved in formal contests in reasoned arguments with competing colleges in Region III. The Dixie Sunshine tournament was an event that the forensics team held for others in Region III.

    The Forensics scrapbooks start in 1977 and end in 1995. Before the scrapbooks were made, C. Paul Anderson was the club advisor in 1968, and only one year later P. I. Hardy began advising in 1969. Mike Woodward advised students in 1971 and Donald R. Hinton began advising along with Woodward in 1978. Shortly after the scrapbooks ended, Eric Young began advising in 1996. In 2000, Region III introduced the Don Hinton-Mike Woodward Traveling Sweepstakes Award to honor Hinton and Woodward.

  • Scope and Contents

    This is a collection of the Phi Rho Pi Forensics Squad scrapbooks. These scrapbooks contain records of each tournament and the results, along with group photos, events, and recreational photos. The Phi Rho Pi scrapbooks contain photographs of the various activities of the forensics team. There are photos of their recreational activities, and some of the photos have handwritten notes explaining the content. In some years sequins and magazine cut outs were added to embellish the scrapbook. The forensics team went to events similar to Dixie’s tournament such as College of Southern Iadho Invitaional (CSI), College of Eastern Utah Invitational (CEU), Ricks Invitational, and Regional and National competitions with the results of each event can be found in the scrapbooks. The team sold movie tickets to raise money for trips to tournaments and other recreational purposes. There are congratulation and thank you cards from high schools and other colleges that the forensics team helped organize events. Samples of scripts that the team used in competition are also included.

  • Arrangement

    The Phi Rho Pi scrapbooks are arranged chronologically. A few scrapbooks were disassembled from magnetic pages for preservation purposes and kept in the original order with each page seperated into individual folders.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.