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Tau Kappa Alpha (Colorado Chapter) Records

Identifier: U389


Collection contains the records from the Colorado chapter of Tau Kappa Alpha at the University of Denver from 1910 until at least the early 1960s. Tau Kappa Alpha was an honorary society dedicated to the promotion of forensics (public speaking).


  • 1910-1954


Biographical / Historical

Tau Kappa Alpha was established in 1908 in Indianapolis by Butler University student Oswald Ryan and Hugh Thomas Miller, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, to promote forensics (public speaking). Members needed to participate in intercollegiate oratorical or debating contests. The Colorado chapter at the University of Denver was established January 28, 1910 and installed by Henry Buchtel. Professional forensics fraternity Phi Delta Gamma merged into Tau Kappa Alpha in 1935. Tau Kappa Alpha combined with Delta Sigma Rho, founded in 1906, to become Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha (DSR-TKA) in 1963. DSR-TKA publishes Speaker and Gavel, a bi-annual journal in communication studies.


1 Items (half letter document box)

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of two books and one small folder of records. The first book is mostly meeting minutes from 1910-1933. The folder is mostly chapter member/alumni rolls starting in 1910. The second book is minutes, reports and more from 1932-1954.


Records arranged chronologically in two books and one small folder.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
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