Vergil V. Phelps Papers, 1882-1968 | University of Illinois Archives
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Papers of Vergil V. Phelps (1880- ), executive secretary (1914-18), including correspondence, manuscripts, notes, books, reprints, newspaper clippings, programs and tape recording relating to religious education (1895-1916), Edmund J. James, university trustees Laura Evans and Florence Watson Burrell, World War I service as a YMCA secretary at Camp Travis, Texas and machine gun officer candidate at Camp Hancock, Georgia, vocational education (1918-19), oratorical contests at eh College of the City of Detroit (1924-27), business education (1925-41), contacts with former German prisoners of war (1945-51, 1963), speech education, pronunciation and higher education.
The series includes Dr. Phelps' Yale dissertation "The Pastor and the Teacher in New England" (1910), magazine Do You Think? (1929-41), books How to Speak: The Speech Slogan (1927) and Whither? Rainbows? Sunsets? (1968), manuscripts on public speaking and personality and a tape recording (1968) on his family, career, work at the University of Illinois and people he knew.
Published material relates to theology, temperance, World Wars I and II and vocational training.