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John Reinder Pelsma was a Professor of Public Speaking at the State Manual Training Normal School (now Pittsburg State University) 1920 – 1950. He taught students how to utilize different speaking styles through debate, extemporaneous speech, poems, and dramas. The collection contains correspondence, biographical information, education materials, writings by Pelsma and others, printed speeches and publications, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous items. This collection focuses on Pelsma’s work at Pittsburg State University, with some documents relating to his previous spots of employment. A majority of the collection are his personal writings and the writings of others.

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2 linear feet

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SpC MS 0151

Pelsma, John R., Collection, 1894-1958



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