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Brigham Young University. Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts (1967-1975)

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1967-1975

Administrative History

The Speech and Dramatic Arts Department (1967-1975) was an instructional unit in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University.

In 1967 the Department of Dramatic Arts and the Department of Speech were combined to form the Speech and Dramatic Arts Department. This department helped students prepare to become teachers, directors, actors, clinicians, or members of any one of several related professions. This department focused on two separate subjects, speech and dramatic arts. The speech portion offered a public address major and selected courses for personal development in argumentation and debate, communication theory, discussion, public speaking, rhetoric, and speech criticism. The dramatic acts curriculum was designed to lead to professional competency in teaching on the secondary level, in acting, directing, or playwriting, or in technical theatre.

Lael J. Woodbury (1967-1972) and Parley W. Newman (1972-1975) served as department chairs until 1975 when the department was renamed the Department of Theatre and Cinematic Arts.

Citation

Unpublished history of "Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts," circa 1975, in Brigham Young University centennial history collection, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah: ǂb p. 13 ("Department of Public Speaking and Dramatic Art established, 1920) p. 30 (name changed to Speech Department, 1929) p. 68 (name changed to Speech and Dramatic Arts, circa 1953) p. 69 (department split to form two, "Department of Dramatic Arts and the Department of Speech," 1961) p. 72-73 (departments recombined to form "Speech and Dramatic Arts," 1967)

Brigham Young University Bulletin Undergraduate Catalog, 1968-70: p. 100 (Department curriculum now part of Speech and Dramatic Arts) p. 518 (Lael J. Woodbury, Chair)

Brigham Young University Bulletin Undergraduate Catalog, 1972-73: p. 545 (Parley W. Newman, Chair)

Brigham Young University Bulletin Undergraduate Catalog, 1975-76: p. 284 (Dept. name known as Theatre and Cinematic Arts)

Found in 55 Collections and/or Records:

J. LaVar Bateman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2143
Abstract Contains papers documenting BYU forum assembly speakers. Also includes outlines, correspondence, news clippings, teaching resource materials, copies of minutes, a few photographs, vita information on LaVar Bateman, and other papers. Also includes a short history of the BYU Emeritus Club, written by Ed Butterworth.

Brigham Young University theatre productions directed by Harold I. Hansen

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 926
Scope and Contents Includes a scrapbook of programs and photographs for productions dated 1952-1964. The table of contents to the volume lists plays as late as 1966. Collection also contains a list of Hansen-directed productions, 1952-1956, which includes several names, presumably of cast members. A second list identifies productions dated 1969-1981, with specific performance dates; directors, including Hansen and others; and scene designers.

College of Fine Arts and Communications department correspondence, 1959-1970

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1056 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence between the departments of the college including the departments of Art, Music, and Speech and Dramatic Arts. The correspondence is on the subject of day-to-day affairs of each department and their interactions with each other and the community. Materials date from between 1959 and 1970.

College of Fine Arts records on Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts, 1968-1975

 Series
Identifier: UA 666 Series 18
Scope and Contents note Contains accreditation files and administrative records.

Communication centered instruction at BYU : philosophy, history, and departure

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3056
Scope and Contents Traces history of use of communication-centered instruction (CCI) at BYU in speech therapy for children, 1960s-1980s. CCI was taught in the communicative habilitation major, successively offered by the departments of Speech and Dramatic Arts, and Educational Psychology.

Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology records

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: UA 5617
Scope and Contents Contains records pertaining to the Department of Communication Disorders accreditation with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) such as annual reports, correspondence, and updates on the ASHA's code of accreditation for graduate studies. Collection also includes sensitive information related to scholarship and graduate records and testing results.

Department of Educational Psychology records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 855
Scope and Contents Contains accreditation/reaccreditation reports, research tests and results, communicative disorder articles, and department correspondence. Materials date from between 1968 and 1991.

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare records, 1963-1973

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 459 Series 9
Scope and Contents Includes correspondence, memoranda, staff agendas and minutes, audiometric examinations and certification requirements for the department and its Speech and Hearing Clinic. Also includes financial information, reports, and correspondence to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Department of Speech agendas, 1959-1965

 Series — Box: 5, Folder: 18-24
Identifier: UA 459 Series 2
Scope and Contents Includes correspondence, memoranda, staff agendas and minutes, audiometric examinations and certification requirements for the department and its Speech and Hearing Clinic. Also includes financial information, reports, and correspondence to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts audiometric examination reports, 1969

 Series — Box: 6, Folder: 6
Identifier: UA 459 Series 6
Scope and Contents Carolyn Rasmussen, Val Jones, Jan Halloman, and Ralph Kennard.