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Leroy T. Laase, Speech and Dramatic Arts Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-12-30-10

Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence, Laase's own undergraduate and graduate work, teaching materials, publications, research, and records related to Delta Sigma Rho and Tau Kappa Alpha honorary forensic societies, and scrapbooks.


  • Creation: 1915-1976


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research. Materials in box 6 are restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the University of Nebraska. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the papers or their designees. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

LeRoy T. Laase was born in Wisner, Nebraska, on July 6, 1905. He received his bachelor's degree in 1927 from Doane College at Crete, Nebraska, his master's degree in 1929 from Northwestern, and his doctor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1937. He did advanced studies at Yale University and the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin.

Before joining the University of Nebraska faculty in 1940, Laase served Professor of Speech and Chairman of the Speech Department at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, for ten years. At the University of Nebraska, he served as Assistant Professor and Acting Chairman of the Department of Speech, 1940-1942, Associate Professor, Chairman and Tenure, 1942-1948 and Professor of Speech and Chairman of the Department, 1948 until 1968. Laase then concentrated on teaching, research and Direction of Graduate Study including the new Ph.D. program for the remaining years of his academic career.

Laase focused on speech correction and therapy services in Nebraska Public Schools. He helped establish a speech and hearing clinic at the University and the operation of a therapy program. The program provided train for teachers who specialize in speech correction and aiding a limited number of children and adults with speech and hearing difficulties. Under his direction, the University operated a speech and hearing testing service for all new students. Laase changed and broadened the Speech Department to one involving balanced programs in Speech Communication, Theater Arts, and Speech Pathology and Audiology, with increased emphasis on service courses.

Laase served as President of the Nebraska State Speech Association, President of the Central States Speech Association, and a member of the Administrative Council, Speech Association of America from 1961-1964. He participated as a national officer of forensic fraternities Delta Sigma Rho, 1940-63 and Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, 1966-69.

Laase died September 4, 1979 following a heart attack.


61 Boxes

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Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

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