Prize in Debate Pin
NA1967.0001

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Title
Prize in Debate Pin.
ID
NA1967.0001
Date
1910
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains a Kansas State Normal School pin awarded in a debate contest and a newspaper clipping.

Preferred Citation note

Recommended citation: Prize in Debate Pin, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

Processed by: Shari Scribner and Kelci Kost, September 2009.

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Biographical/Historical note

Katherine Morrison Katherine Morrison was born in Grove Summit, Indiana, on November 29, 1877. She moved to Emporia, Kansas, with her parents, Rebecca and Daniel Morrison, and her siblings, Myrtle and Roy, in 1897. She graduated from Kansas State Normal School in 1901 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and attended Bradley Polytechnic University in Peoria, Illinois, in 1904 but did not receive a degree. Katherine became a faculty member at the Kansas State Normal School as an assistant drawing teacher from 1902-1912. She became an instructor in drawing in Secondary School in 1912 and continued in this position until 1919. After leaving this position she served as the supervising teacher of Industrial Arts/Drawing in Intermediate at Roosevelt High School from 1919-1922. She received her Master of Arts degree from Columbia Teachers College in New York City, New York, in 1922. She returned to Emporia, Kansas, and became the assistant professor of art and supervisor at Roosevelt High School in 1922. Katherine served in that position until she left Kansas State Normal School in 1924. She relocated to San Diego, California, with her parents in 1924 where she became the county art supervisor until her retirement in the early 1940s. She was the recipient of the Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni award in 1963. Katherine was active in art and teaching until she died on May 26, 1971.

Roy Morrison Roy Morrison was born in Kansas in 1887 to Daniel and Rebecca Morrison. He had two older sisters, Myrtle and Katherine. Roy began attending Kansas State Normal School in 1907. While attending Kansas State Normal School, Roy was a member of the Literati Society, a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon, manager of the Normal band, star gymnast, and a member of the track and basketball teams. He won first place at the school’s last intersociety debate and declamation contest in June of 1910. Roy graduated from Kansas State Normal School in 1916 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Roy was a superintendent of schools in Osage County, Kansas, in 1920.  Literati Society The Literati Society was a debate and literary society that began in 1880 at Kansas State Normal School. The society was created to provide for closer social relations and opportunities for literary and debate work. The Literati Society’s color was crimson. Their motto was “Non scholae sed vitae” which means “not school but life.” Their yell was “Hoo-rah, Hoo-rah, Oh my, Rah, rah, rah, Lit-er-a-ti.” The Literati Society won nearly forty-five percent of the intersociety debate and declamation contests. The Literati Society was responsible for the creation of  The Oven, one of the first Kansas State Normal School newspapers. After the 1912 school year, a decline in interest for formal debating affected the traditional debating societies, and Literati Society ceased to be an active student organization.

J. E. Caldwell and Co. J. E. Caldwell and Co. began in 1939 when James Emmett Caldwell began supplying wealthy Philadelphians with jewelry. His business quickly flourished in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1868, James Emmett Caldwell’s business officially became J. E. Caldwell and Co.; that same year fire destroyed the company’s store and they rebuilt at 902 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The store was relocated in 1916 to a more affluent area of Philadelphia at the corner of Juniper and Chestnut Street. Throughout the 1920s the company produced some fine pieces of Art Deco jewelry. J. E. Caldwell and Co. still continues to produce high quality jewelry.

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Biographical/Historical note

The collection contains a Kansas State Normal School pin which was awarded in a debate contest and a newspaper clipping. The debate pin is in its original case. The case is white and the top of the case reads “J. E. Caldwell & Co., 902 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia” in all capital letters. The top of the case is stamped with “Normaliana”. The bottom of the box is inscribed “A. L. Morrison, Roy, Debate, Phi Sigma Epsilon.” The top inside of the case reads “Department of Insignia” in all capital letters. The bottom inside of the case is covered in cream-colored fabric. The circular pin features a dark blue outer ring and a gold inner circle. The dark blue ring is inscribed with the words “Prize in Debate June 1910” in all capital letters and gold font. The center gold circle has a picture of a woman holding her right arm above her head with a lamp in her hand. The woman is holding an open book with writing on it in her left hand, and to the right side of the book is a globe. There is a rod with two snakes circling it at the woman’s feet. Behind the women are the letters “KSNS” separated by small dots. The newspaper clipping is undated and stamped “Normaliana.” It has a printed article on one side titled “Literatis Got the Cup.” The article gives a summary of the last intersociety debate and declamation contest held in June 1910. The other side of the newspaper clipping is printed with an ad for City Roller Mill Co. The ad has a picture of a woman with the words “Selected Hard” to her right side and the words, “Winter Wheat” to her left side.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a Kansas State Normal School pin which was awarded in a debate contest and a newspaper clipping. The debate pin is in its original case. The case is white and the top of the case reads “J. E. Caldwell & Co., 902 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia” in all capital letters. The top of the case is stamped with “Normaliana”. The bottom of the box is inscribed “A. L. Morrison, Roy, Debate, Phi Sigma Epsilon.” The top inside of the case reads “Department of Insignia” in all capital letters. The bottom inside of the case is covered in cream-colored fabric. The circular pin features a dark blue outer ring and a gold inner circle. The dark blue ring is inscribed with the words “Prize in Debate June 1910” in all capital letters and gold font. The center gold circle has a picture of a woman holding her right arm above her head with a lamp in her hand. The woman is holding an open book with writing on it in her left hand, and to the right side of the book is a globe. There is a rod with two snakes circling it at the woman’s feet. Behind the women are the letters “KSNS” separated by small dots. The newspaper clipping is undated and stamped “Normaliana.” It has a printed article on one side titled “Literatis Got the Cup.” The article gives a summary of the last intersociety debate and declamation contest held in June 1910. The other side of the newspaper clipping is printed with an ad for City Roller Mill Co. The ad has a picture of a woman with the words “Selected Hard” to her right side and the words, “Winter Wheat” to her left side.

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Arrangement note

Chronological.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives September 2009

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Information about and photographs of Roy L. Morrison are located in the 1907 and 1912 Sunflower yearbooks. He is also represented in the Everett Rich Papers (NAxxxx.0015) and listed in the 1916 commencement programs which can be found in record group ESU003. Information about the Literati Society can be found in Sunflower yearbooks before 1911 and articles about the Literati Society can be found in the  Bulletin newspaper. Another collection presented by Katherine Morrison is Postal Card, Arbor Day on the Kansas State Normal School campus (NA1963.001). Other examples of school pins include the KSTC Pin (NA1997.0003), Fred Thompson’s Fraternity and School Pins (NA1967.0002) and Gilson Players Pin and Kansas Master Teacher Watch (NA1986.0001).

Separated Materials note

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • J.E. Caldwell & Co. .
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Societies, etc. .
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Students.
  • Literati Society (Kansas Normal School).

Personal Name(s)

  • Morrison, Katherine, 1877-1971
  • Morrison, Roy, 1887

Subject(s)

  • College students -- Kansas -- Emporia -- Societies and clubs.
  • Debates and debating -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Debates and debating--Awards
  • Students -- Kansas -- Emporia

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

“Literatis Got the Cup”, undated. 

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Box

Pin, 1910. 

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