Robert T. Oliver papers, 1949-1970

PSUA 1086

Collection Overview

Title:
Robert T. Oliver papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1949-1970
Creator:
Oliver, Robert Tarbell, 1909
Abstract:
Robert T. Oliver was a professor of speech at Pennsylvania State University from 1949 to 1970 who authored or co-authored several speech books and specialized in the study of Korea.
Abstract:
The collection of the papers of speech professor Robert T. Oliver includes correspondence, press releases, manuscripts, and galley proofs for his books.
Collection Number:
PSUA 1086
Size:
2.5 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Library  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Robert T. Oliver was born in 1909 in Oregon and attended the University of Wisconsin where he received his doctorate in Speech and American Literature. Before coming to Penn State, he taught at Clark Junior College, Bradley College, Bucknell University, and Syracuse University. Oliver wrote or collaborated on several speech books. Among these were Training for Effective Speech, Communicative Speech (which he co-authored with Paul Holtzman and Harold Zelko from Penn State), and The History of Public Speaking in America. For many years, Dr. Oliver specialized in the study of Korea. He was a close friend and advisor to former Korean President Syngman Rhee. He was also an advisor to the Korean Commission in Washington, and to the Korean delegation to the United Nations at Lake Success and Paris. Oliver wrote several books about Rhee and Korea. Among these are Syngman Rhee: The Man Behind the Myth, Verdict in Korea, The Truth About Korea and Why War Came to Korea.

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Collection Overview

The collection consists of 2 groups. The first group, book materials, contains correspondence, manuscripts and galley proofs for the following books written by Robert Oliver: The History of Public Speaking in America, Communicative Speech, Syngman Rhee: The Man Behind the Myth, Communicative Speech co-authored by Robert Oliver, Harold Zelko, and Paul Holtzman, revised edition, a chapter entitled "Contributions of the Speech Profession to the Study of Human Communication" from  Human Communication Theory, ed. Frank E. X. Dance, and correspondence concerning  Effective Speech co-authored by Rupert L. Cortright.

The second group of press releases contains a large group of numbered released on Korea called "Periscope on Asia" written by Oliver as manager of The Washington Bureau of Korean Pacific Press.

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Collection Arrangement

Organized into two subseries. Arranged by form of material.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert T. Oliver papers. (1086), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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