Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest speeches

Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest speeches

Dates: bulk 1953-1965, 1919-1975

Collection contains printed speeches of winners of Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest from 1953 to 1965. It also contains a complete list of winners from 1950 to 1975, a partial list of winners between 1919 and 1946, and clippings with information about the contest.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: UA 5313
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Retained in original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest speeches must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: UA 5313; Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest speeches; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 5313, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Transferred from Records Management.
Acquisition Information
Found; August 2007.
Subject Terms
Colleges and Universities; Education; Public speaking
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Speeches, addresses, etc.
Processing Information
Processed; Kayla Quinney; May 2010.
Appraisal Information
Part of University Archives; college records (University Archives collecting policy February 2010).
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Finding Aid Title
Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest speeches
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kayla Quinney
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-06T04:23-0600
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Administrative History

The Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest (est. 1921) was an public speaking competition at Brigham Young University.

In the fall of 1920, T. Earl Pardoe received permission from President Heber J. Grant to hold an annual oratorical contest to encourage excellent student speaking on religious subjects. Near, or on, November 22, President Grant's birthday, BYU students addressed themselves to an assigned topic. About fifty students usually participated. From this number, three finalists were invited to speak at the Heber J. Grant Oratorical Devotional Assembly. Until 1970, one of the three finalists was selected by appointed judges as the winning speaker and was presented with a copy of a combination Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price by a daughter or grandchild of the late Church President. Beginning in 1971, all three finalists were given the award.

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