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Guide to the Joseph C. Wetherby papers, 1930 - 1976

Abstract

Joseph Cable Wetherby served as Associate Professor of English at Duke University from 1947-1976. The papers consist of correspondence, printed matter, speeches, clippings, minutes, memoranda, teaching aids and other teaching materials, student papers, photographs, research notes, and writings. Major subjects include the teaching of English to international students at Duke, broadcasting and the development of the WDBS radio station at Duke University, and the Duke University Debate Team, which Wetherby coached for over 20 years.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Joseph C. Wetherby papers 1930 - 1976
Creator
Wetherby, Joseph C., 1910-1976.
Extent
4.6 Linear Feet , 5500 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The Wetherby Papers contain printed material (including pamphlets, brochures, flyers, programs, speeches, and clippings), correspondence, minutes, memoranda, teaching aids and other teaching materials, student papers, photographs, research notes, writings, and other papers. Inclusive dates for the collection are ca. 1930 to 1976, with the bulk of material from 1947 to 1976.

These papers chiefly reflect Wetherby's interest in three major areas: teaching English as a foreign language, broadcasting, and debating. In the first category falls material on grammar and enunciation (including numerous exercises, tests, and other teaching aids), speech and hearing pathology, and a small number of administrative papers dealing with the teaching of English to international students at Duke University. In the area of broadcasting, there are clippings, course descriptions, lecture material, and printed material on the history of radio and television; its methods, principles, and policies; legal status; government policies affecting broadcasting; and audience and market research. Wetherby also kept clippings, printed matter, and copies of speeches on communications and broadcasting in general, as well as on specialized topics such as TV violence and cigarette advertising.

Files concerning the history of Duke University include materials on a proposed FM station for the campus (1957-1968), as well as selected student papers on such topics as broadcasting at Duke, the Vigil of 1968, and the Associated Students of Duke University in a conflict with WDBS. There are also a number of selected student papers on various aspects of communications, broadcasting, and the persuasive speaking.

There is a card file on members of the Debate Team with their records by opponent and tournament, and a small amount of material (correspondence, records, circulars, a telegram) on the West Point National Tournament for 1962 to 1964.

Useful information regarding a significant incident early in Wetherby's tenure as debate coach will be found in William King, "Not fit to debate? National debate topic on Communist China gets hackles up," in the Duke Alumni Register, vol. 65, no. 2, Nov.- Dec. 1978. The article deals with Wetherby's defense of the right of collegiate debaters to argue this sensitive topic in 1954, at the height of the McCarthy era. Wetherby appeared on the "See It Now" program of Edward R. Murrow on CBS Television.

Wetherby coached three teams from Duke University which appeared on national television on the "College Bowl" series, in 1955, 1960, and 1968. Some materials in the collection deal with the logistics of these teams' travel and appearances, and on the operation of the telecasts.

Gathered in separate folders as well as scattered throughout the collection is a large amount of printed material in the form of brochures, handbooks, pamphlets, newsletters, and copies of speeches. Included is material from organizations like the National Association of Broadcasters, the Federal Communications Commission, the Southern Speech Association (later the Southern Speech Communication Association), and the Speech Communication Association. The collection from the Southern Speech Association and its successor organization includes a consecutive run of programs for annual conventions from 1951 to 1976. The material on the Speech Communication Association includes consecutive issues from 1968 to 1976 of Free Speech, a newsletter of this organization's Commission on Freedom of Speech.

During the 1960s, Wetherby frequently was sent to regional high schools to promote Duke University to prospective students.

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Contents of the Collection

Memoranda, correspondence, cards, reports, lists, newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, tests, exercises, minutes, clippings, speeches, plays, manuals, student papers, magazines, and other papers. The bulk of the materials dates from Wetherby's years at Duke University, 1947-1976. See also related materials in the 1977 Addition.

Administrative, 1954-1970
Box 1
Blank certification forms
Box 1
Testing, 1959-1970
Box 1
Exercises
Box 1
Essays by foreign students
Box 1
Language lab. English medical tapes. Contents
Box 1
Ball Committee (Committee on Teaching of English as a Foreign Language), 1973
Box 1
Correspondence on request to send English medical books to Hungary, 1965-1966
Box 1
English instruction. Statistical profile and other papers.

Includes minutes of one meeting in 1964 of International Students Advisory Committee, ca. 1964

Box 1
Speech for Foreign and Bilingual Studies of the Speech Association of America, 1959-1967
Box 1
TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), 1964-1970
Box 1
TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language), 1960-1968
Box 1
NAFSA (National Association for Foreign Student Affairs), Visitation, 1970
Box 1
Articulation
Box 1
Announcers' tests

Includes further material on articulation and some material on speech pathology

Box 2
Grammar and composition

Includes exercises, tests, manual

Box 2
English 160-170 (Broadcasting). Blank questionnaires
Box 2
Broadcasting Notes binder, 1950-1969
Box 2
"Broadcasting History" tape table of contents [tape not in this collection]
Box 2
University of Akron Television Instructor's Reference Handbook, 1962
Box 2
TV Violence, 1968
Box 2
Cigarette advertising, 1968
Box 2
Federal Communications Commission, 1963-1969
Box 2
Broadcast seminar, 1970
Box 2
"Measurement" (binder). Audience research, 1969-1972
Box 2
National Association of Broadcasters, 1964-1970
Box 3
Association for Professional Broadcasting Education, 1964-1970
Box 3
Broadcasting: Notes, speeches etc., 1952-1972 [2 folders]
Box 3
American Research Bureau, Channel One, 1964-1968
Box 3
Drama: script form, stage plays for TV, plays, censorship of plays, 1910-1959
Box 3
Poetry recital (story)
Box 3
English 118. Persuasive speech, Exam, 1950
Box 3
Barnwell, Robert. Oratory
Box 3
Aristotle on Youth
Box 3
Clichs
Box 3
Notes on parliamentary procedure
Box 3
Discussion
Box 4
Tests, exercises, papers
Box 4
Stuttering
Box 4
Proposed educational psychology program, 1966-1968
Box 4
Manuals: hearing test, audiometer.
Box 4
Bibliographical file (See also card file boxes)
Box 4
Arena, R. Broadcasting at Duke University. 1969.
Box 4
Armstrong, W.L. Head Cheerleader Campaign: On the Road to '76. ca. 1975.
Box 4
Fader, B. The Duke Football Network. No date.
Box 4
Hall, S.T. Media and the Duke Student. 1968.
Box 4
Klein, R.P. Analysis of Persuasive Speaking Techniques in a College Demonstration. 1970.
Box 4
Regan, P. The Life and Times of a College Radio Station: Some Views and Thoughts on the Recent Controversy between WDBS and ASDU. No date.
Box 4
Robbins, J. The Duke Vigil and the Creation of a Psychological Mob. ca. 1968.
Box 4
Schwartz, A.D. The Duke Sports Network. 1971.
Box 4
Student papers on broadcasting and persuasive speaking
Box 4-5
Language Lab Committee, 1964-1969
Box 6
Speech, general
Box 6
Institute of International Education. Overseas Magazine, 1963
Box 6
National Education Association, Project English, 1963-1964
Box 6
Navy, 1967-1968
Box 6
American Institute of Banking. Durham chapter, 1967-1973
Box 6

Pamphlets, brochures, correspondence, clippings, programs, newsletters, lists, bills, photos, application forms, clippings, and other papers. See also related materials in the 1977 Addition.

North Carolina Speech Association, 1950-1957
Box 6
Southern Speech Association (SSA, later Southern Speech Communication Association) Radio Television Film Interest Group, ca. 1960-1969
Box 6
SSA Programs and other printed material, 1951-1976
Box 6
Speech Association of America, Correspondence, 1966-1970
Box 6
Speech Association of America, Committee of Fifty, 1964-1965
Box 6
Printed material, 1962-1963
Box 6
Speech Communication Association, 1968-1976

Includes the Free Speech newsletter for same years.

Box 6
West Point National Tournament, 1962-1964
Box 7
Miscellaneous, ca. 1958-1976
Box 7
College Bowl teams, Correspondence and other papers, 1955-1969
Box 7
College Bowl teams, Sample questions, instructions, 1955-1967
Box 7
Proposed FM station, 1957-1968
Box 7
Radio honorary fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Rho, 1963-1973
Box 7
Student Contacts Committee, 1960-1967
Box 7
Long Wetherby Research Grant Request, 1968
Box 7
J.C. Wetherby. Writings, Notes. Elocution, Rhetoric, "Executive's Guide," ca. 1930-1970

Some of these writings may date from Wetherby's time as a student.

Box 7
Photos, clippings, ca. 1950-1975
Box 7
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1963, undated
Box 7
Obituary clippings, 1976
Box 7
Debate Team Records, 1948, 1953-1976
Box 8

Some course materials mixed; each folder should be examined for specific course material

100, 1959-1975
Box 9
139, 1941-1975
Box 9
140S, 1959-1967
Box 9
150, 1943-1976

Contains press clippings on Terry Sanford campaign for the U.S. Presidency, 1976

Box 9
151, 1957
Box 9
160, 1973
Box 9
171-172, 1953-1974
Box 9
171, 1949-1969
Box 9
172 Letters, 1959-1970

Contains letter from Jesse R. Helms

Box 9
172 Quiz, 1956-1976
Box 9
American Forensic Association, 1951-1976
Box 10
Broadcast Education Association, 1963-1976
Box 10
Broadcast Music Inc., 1968-1970
Box 10
Broadcast Pioneers, 1971-1976
Box 10
Broadcasting Magazine, 1963-1976
Box 10
International Studies Institute, 1964-1975
Box 10
Campus Studies Institute, 1974-1976
Box 10
CATV, 1969-1973
Box 10
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1948-1968
Box 10
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1968-1976
Box 10
Cultural Arts Committee, 1974
Box 10
Debate, 1976
Box 10
Foreign Broadcasting, 1970-1972
Box 10
Friday Luncheon Group, 1970-1976
Box 10
Guidelines Committee, 1969-1971
Box 10
Louisburg, 1968
Box 10
Ted Minah Committee, 1972-1976
Box 10
NCFA, 1976-1977
Box 10
Positions Open, Assistantship Applications, 1973-1975
Box 10
Psychological Tests
Box 10
Remedial Reading
Box 10
Rev. Paul Seitz--Jolo (Smith), 1972-1976
Box 10
Southern Speech Association, 1948-1963
Box 10
Ex Presidents' Club, 1969-1976
Box 10
Luncheon, 1974-1975
Box 10
Radio-TV-Film, 1960, 1970 1973
Box 10
1971-1975
Box 10
1973-1976
Box 10
1974-1976
Box 10
Management Board
Box 10
WDBS Binders, 1971-1974

Include budget, correspondence, clippings, FCC application, minutes of Management Board

Box 10
Outlines for Speech in Schools, 1936
Box 10
Notebooks

3 binders and 1 notebook contain notes on speech, persuasive speaking, semantics, speech pathology; tests; syllabi; outlines of books; lessons; and other papers. These are either lecture notes or class notes made by Wetherby as a student.

Box 10
Unfoldered material

Loose sheets now grouped in a folder: lesson plans, bibliographies, diagrams, tests, notes on various phases of speech and speech pathology. Some of these materials may stem from Wetherby's time as a student.

Box 10

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1910Born 2 May, Bellingham, Washington
1930-1936Student, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; B.A., Speech, 1934; M.A., Speech, 1936
1936Married Carol Van Sickle
1936-1942Assistant Professor of Speech, Oklahoma State University
1942-1946Active Duty, U.S. Navy, as Lieutenant
1946-1947Director of Radio, Wayne State University
1947-1976Associate Professor of English, Duke University
1948Published "In the Realm of Radio", in Southern Speech Journal
1952-1976Regional Governor, Delta Sigma Rho Tau Kappa Alpha (forensic honorary), reelected 1976
1953Graduate study in Speech and Psychology, University of Florida
1957Summer, Guest Professor of Speech, Wake Forest University
1960President, Southern Speech Association
1960-1967Temporary Action Duty, U.S. Navy, as Lieutenant Commander; Head of English Dept., U.S. Naval Preparatory School, Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program
1961Published "Academic Status Seekers", in Southern Speech Journal
1963Published "Debate 1984", in The Speaker
1967Director Producer for Durham Savoyards Ltd. (Gilbert and Sullivan Shows): Iolanthe (1967); Gondoliers (1974)
1976April: Debate Team wins National Championship
1976Distinguished Service Award of Delta Sigma Rho Tau Kappa Alpha
1976Died 12 October, Duke University

Wetherby was active in many professional organizations during his career, including the Speech Association of America, Educational Theatre Association (Honorary Life Member), Southern Speech Association, Delta Sigma Rho Tau Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Eta (Speech and Hearing Honorary), American Forensic Association, North Carolina Speech Association (President), and Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Debate Team records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • WDBS records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph C. Wetherby Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Joseph C. Wetherby papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by G. Edwin Southern, Jr. in July 1980 and updated by Jill Katte in July 2002.

Encoded by Jill Katte, July 2003

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.