Vergil V. Phelps Papers, 1882-1968
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Brief Description:

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.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 2/5/21
Created by: Phelps, Vergil Vivian
Volume: 2.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/12/68
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Arrangement: By type of material and chronologically thereunder
Subject Index
Adult Education
American Literature
Business Education
Detroit, Michigan
Religious Education
Trustees, Board of
Vocational Education
World War I - Intelligence, Morale and Propaganda
World War I - Service and Training
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]