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The Stephen H. Warner Committee, formed largely through the efforts of History Professor John Roger Stemen, began to form in the spring of 1972. It intended to encourage and perhaps renew a spirit of debate and intellectual curiosity within the Gettysburg College community.

Organized according to the values of Stephen Warner, Class of 1968, which included the “willing[ness] to take intellectual risks” and the “need for discipline in the pursuit of truth,” the committee sponsored campus-wide events known as “Warner Forums.” In addition, the committee, comprised of both students and faculty, petitioned for renovations to the College Union Building in 1988 in order to create an environment that would foster uninhibited, intellectual discussion.

This collection includes correspondence between Stephen Warner's parents and college personnel, Warner-inspired proposed renovations to the College Union Building, and other papers relating to committee actions.

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Collection Size

.3 cubic feet

Publication Date

April 2004


Stephen H. Warner, Stephen Warner, Gettysburg College, Vietnam War, Gettysburg alumni


Cultural History | History | Social History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-052: The Papers of the Stephen H. Warner Committee