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Forest Roberts papers

Identifier: MSS-050

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.


  • 1917 - 1997


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Forest Roberts papers, MSS-050, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical Note

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.


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This collection consists of seven series: Correspondence, Memorabilia, Event Files, Subject Files for organizations with which Roberts was involved, News Clippings, Publications, and Audio Visual. The correspondence, event files, and publications are arranged chronologically. The subject files are arranged alphabetically.

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.

View This Collection Online

This collection is part of UPLINK, the Upper Peninsula Digital Network. You can see part of it on the UPLINK website here.

Forest Roberts papers
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Revision Statements

  • 5/5/2010: finding aid revisiion description not supplied

Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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