National Debate Tournament

National Debate Tournament Records, 1949-1994.

44 boxes (23.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 017
Debaters, 1970
Debaters, 1970

The National Debate Tournament is one of the national championships for collegiate debating in the United States, seeking to exemplify excellence in scholarship, research, and argument. Originating at West Point in 1947 with twenty-nine teams, the Tournament now includes over eighty teams, with the site of the finals rotating annually among member schools.

The collections consists mostly of tournament booklets, ballots, correspondence, committee minutes, and tapes of the debates with accompanying transcripts.


  • Debates and debating


  • American Forensic Association

Types of material

  • Photographs
  • Sound recordings
  • Videotapes
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