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Accession number FIC.3
Object Name Manuscript
Title Philomathic Debating Club Records
Collection Philomathic Debating Club Records
Date 1913-1989
Scope & Content This collection consists of materials relating to the running of the Philomathic Debating Club, and its programming. The bulk of the collection is oversized, so arrangement is based on the size of the document. When possibly, the collection is arranged alphabetically.
Admin/Biographical History The Philomathic Debating Club was founded in 1898 by young Jewish men, ages 14-21, who were dissatisfied with forensic opportunities offered by Detroit's Central High School. Originally meeting at the Jewish Institute (later the Division Street Talmud Torah and other locations), the goal of the club was to experience public speaking, discuss leading topics of the day, and practice parliamentary rules of order.

The club met every Sunday, and hosted two main events during the year - an oratory contest in the fall, and a model meeting and debate in the spring. The group became a source of Jewish leadership, producing lawyers, academicians, and community leaders. The club disbanded in 1950.
Extent of Description 2.3 Linear Feet
1 Manuscript Box, 2 Oversized Boxes
Credit line Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms Philomathic Debating Club
Finding Aid Click here to view Finding Aid.