Preserving "A Fair Chance For a Free People" - Karl E. Mundt


RG VIII Speech 1924-1969
36 Hollinger document boxes (#1206-1242)

Always dedicated to education and always a skilled public speaker, Senator Mundt taught one year at Bryant High School in South Dakota, served three years as superintendent at Bryant, and served as Chairman of the Speech Department of Eastern State Normal School (now Dakota State University). He resigned his college position to give full time to the Mundt Loan and Investment Company. In 1925 he helped organize the National Forensic League and was issued membership card No. 1 and served as its National President and Editor of its magazine The Rostrum. He spoke in 51 states and 22 foreign countries.

The speech files were kept in order of provenance to preserve all relationships. That is, they are retained in Senator Mundt's original organizational pattern and in his original filing arrangement. In the earlier years the speeches were filed by type of group addressed. Later years they were filed by subject matter. Typed manuscripts are available for these files.

In 1974 the Mundt Foundation Archivist prepared a SPECIAL LIST of Mundt speeches in chronological order and in 1977 a SPEECH INDEX by title in alphabetical order was organized. In addition, 15 document boxes have speech notes, outlines, and raw material used by the Senator when he delivered his speeches.

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