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Debate Team / Robert Orr Weiss (Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences) papers

Identifier: MSD-0000-076

Collection Statement

Academic records of Robert Orr Weiss and the Communication and Theatre Department at DePauw University as well as records of the Debate Team and a packet of papers and articles by him.


  • 1929 - 2001

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright interests for this collection are held by DePauw University or the United Methodist Church.

Biographical Sketch

Robert Weiss is Emeritus Professor of Communication and Theatre at DePauw University. He is the former Chair of the Department, and for many years served as coach of the nationally recognized Debate Team. Dr. Weiss remains active at DePauw with the Undergraduate Communication Honors Conference, at campus presentations, and with faculty research groups. Professor Emeritus Robert O. Weiss (Ph.D., Northwestern 1954). Dr. Weiss was the Director of Debate at DePauw almost his entire career (1955-1997). He was the President of Delta Sigma Rho/Tau Kappa Alpha, the forensics honorary, from 1983-85. Much beloved by his students and colleagues, "Doc" received the prestigious Tucker Award from DePauw University in 1995, and in 1999 he was recogized by the American Association of University Professors for his "long and distinguished membership" (50 years) at its Annual Convention in Washington D.C. Also in 1999, the National Communication Association recognized Professor Weiss with its highest honor, the Presidential Award. In 2007, Professor Weiss received the E.R. Nichols Award from Pi Kappa Delta, the forensics honorary, for "outstanding contributions to the futherance of the forensics discipline." Professor Weiss is the author of a highly regarded book on debate, Public Argument, which was first published in 1995.


2.4 Cubic Feet (2 record storage boxes, 1 volume)

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Papers remain in the original order that they were received in the Archives.


Debate Team / Robert Orr Weiss (Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences) papers
Sheraya Smith (under direction of Wes Wilson)
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Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism Repository

Roy O. West Library
405 S. Indiana St.
Greencastle Indiana 46135 United States