Emerson College of Oratory, 1916, Historical

The Emerson College of Oratory, established in 1880, is the largest institution of its kind in the world. It is primarily a school for personal culture.

It seeks to awaken in the student of expression, whether he aims to be a creative thinker or an interpreter, a realization of his own potentialities, and to give such direction to his training that he may attain them. While conserving the best traditions of the past, the college stands for thorough investigation, the most advanced educational methods, and the highest professional standards and ideals.

The work that Emerson College has done and is doing is unique. While it is called a College of Oratory, and while it emphasizes the teaching of the spoken word by careful scientific training in public speaking, it is also a school of belles-lettres, a school of physical training, and a school of pedagogy. It trains speakers and platform artists; it sends forth annually a large number of teachers to colleges and to normal and secondary schools in all parts of the United States and Canada.

The personal and literary culture afforded by the curriculum are of highest value, not only to those who have a professional end in view, but to men and women who do not intend to make oratory a specialty. It is self-evident that a strong personality, a cultured and noble manhood, is infinitely superior to any tricks of voice or gesture. When a man loves the truth and lives it, and can present it effectively to others, he has received the best possible preparation for the work of life as well as for the work of oratory. "The greatest thing in oratory is the orator."

The college is located at Huntington Chambers, one of the handsomest and best appointed of Boston's new buildings. Situated on Huntington avenue, near Copley square, it is easily accessible from all railroads leading into the city, and cars to all points pass close to its doors. Within a few minutes' walk of the Fens, the new Museum of Fine Arts, the new Opera House, the new Symphony Hall and the beautiful new hall of the Horticultural Society, and situated almost directly across the street from the Public Library, the college home is in the artistic and literary centre of Boston.

The Emerson College has an excellent reference library. The books are carefully selected with a view to the needs of the students and the specialized work pursued. Students have access, free of charge, to the Boston Public Library, containing over 800,000 volumes. The Boston Art Museum is free to students. This contains a large number of rare and beautiful works of art by the great masters of sculpture and painting, and has a department of archaeology and antiquities which has but few equals. The earnest student will find a liberal education in the literary, historic, and artistic advantages offered by Boston and vicinity, aside from the special benefit to be derived from a course pursued in any of its schools.

1. "Design of the College", Thirty-Fifth Annual Catalogue of the Emerson College and the Boston School of Oratory, Boston, 1916, pages 10-11.
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Emerson College of Oratory 1916 Catalogue

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