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Browsing: The call numbers PN6121 and PN6122 are general collections of speeches.

Socrates: To search for speech collections, enter speeches then select the Subject button.

Sources of Collected Speeches

  • Representative American Speeches (Green Library Stacks PN4181.R42) 1937-2005 (some missing volumes) These volumes are interspersed inside a series called Reference Shelf. Every year of Reference Shelf has a volume with several issues. One issue from each volume is titled Representative American Speeches (i.e., Representative American Speeches 1939-40 is Vol. 14 #1. Several Cumulative Author Indexes are found in the issue for the last year in the decade (i.e., cumulative index for 1937-1960 is in the 1959-60 issue; index for 1960-1970 is in the 1969-70 issue.
  • Vital Speeches of the Day (Stanford Aux. Library 808.85.V836) Latest in Current Periodicals.
    1934+ available electronically in Business Source Complete - use the Advanced search and enter Vital Speeches as the SO Pub Name.
  • American Voices: Significant speeches in American History, 1640-1945 (Green Library Stacks E173.A7596) Three tables of contents: category, purpose, and settings & circumstance
  • Contemporary American Voices: Significant Speeches in American History, 1945-present (Green Library Stacks E173.A786 1991) A companion volume to American Voices
  • Indian Oratory: famous speeches by noted Indian chieftains (Green Library Information Center & Stacks E98.07.V33). Native American speeches
  • Lend Me Your Ears (Green Library Information Center PN6122.L4 1992) Classical to modern times. Organized by category (debates, inspirational, etc.). Author, subject index
  • Selected American Speeches on Basic Issues, 1850-1950. (Green Library Stacks E178.6.B85)
  • Treasury of the World's Great Speeches. (Green Library Stacks PN6121.P4) Each speech is prefaced with dramatic and biographical setting and historical perspective
  • Voice of Black America: major speeches by Negroes in the United States, 1797-1971 (Green Library Stacks E185.F592) African American speeches 1797-1971
  • American Voices: an encyclopedia of Contemporary Orators. (Green Library Information Center PS408 .A47 2005)
  • Voices of Multicultural America. (Green Library Information Center PS663 .M55 .V64 1996)

Other Sources

  • New York Times 1851-2003 available as New York Times Historical;
    more recent issues available in LexisNexis Academic to Stanford faculty, staff and students only.
  • CQ Weekly (1990-2003 available in Business Source Complete) (Green Library SSRC JK1.C66, current year in Information Center. Last 9 months available online at CQ.Com). "Presidential texts" section in index. Convention speeches (including keynotes) also included.
  • LexisNexis Academic fulltext of newspapers for Stanford faculty, staff and students only.
  • America's Newspapers fulltext of newspapers
  • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993+ online) (Jonsson Library US Federal Documents AE2.109)1977- . Vols. prior to l985 have call no. GS 4.114.Cumulates in Public Papers of the Presidents (1992+ online) (Green Library SSRC J80 .A283)
  • CQ Almanac (Green Library Information Center has latest 10 years, earlier in Stacks. Green Library SSRC has 1957-2004: JK1.C663), annual. After 1990 the Text appendix includes selected major speeches, e.g., presidential addresses. Before 1991 use the general index under speaker's name
  • Historic Documents (Latest in Green Library Information Center E839.H57; earlier in Stacks E839.H57) 1972- (annual) Worldwide; well indexed
  • Documents of American History (Green Library Stacks, SSRC and SAL E173.C66 ) There are 10 editions of this title. The 4th through the 9th are in Green Stacks, but some are also in SSRC. The 10th Edition, which covers 1492 to 1988 is in the Green Library Information Center and the HASRC: E173 .D59 1988. These are compilations of famous documents (like Declaration of Independence), but include speeches. You can check out the earlier editions that are in the stacks. The IC edition covers 1978-1988, not covered in earlier editions.

Speech Indexes

  • Speech Index (and supplements) (Green Library Information Center AI3.S85) Indexes anthologized speeches through 1980 - older editions are in the Green Library Stacks.
  • Index to American Women Speakers, 1828-1978 (Green Library Information Center Z1231.07M36)
  • We Shall be Heard: an index to speeches by American Women, 1978 to1985. (Green Library Information Center Z1231.07M37 1988)
  • Black Rhetoric (Green Library Information Center Z1361.N39G55) From "early to contemporary (1976) times"

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