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In 1838, Methodist and Quaker families in rural Randolph County, N.C. employed Brantley York as a permanent teacher for their subscription school in Brown's Schoolhouse. One hundred years later, Duke University commemorated the 100th Anniversary of its humble beginnings during the 1938/1939 academic year. The Centennial Celebration, a three-day event featuring ceremonies, symposia, lectures, and performances, took place April 21-23, 1939.

Series includes printed materials, correspondence, Centennial Fund records, a diary, publications, invitation lists, congratulations from other institutions, and several complete packets of centennial celebration materials. Also included is a time capsule, labeled: "1939-2039. A collection of items presented to the President of Duke University at the Centennial Celebration, April 22, 1939; not to be opened until the occasion of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the institution."


Series contains 38 11x14 inch black-and-white (gelatin silver) prints by photographer Jesse Pyrant Andrews, featured in a solo exhibit at Duke University's Perkins Library in 2002. Andrews spent one tobacco farming season, April 2000 to April 2001, using a traditional film camera to document the lives of the people who cultivate tobacco on the Moore family farm in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Images portray the white farm family members as well as seasonal migrant farmworkers. Tobacco farming is so labor-intensive that it is often called a "13-month crop."


Collection includes articles, printed matter, correspondence, clippings, subject files, photographs, programs, and financial materials. Major subjects include Sesquicentennial Celebration planning and events, the historic marker for Brown's Schoolhouse, and the plaque and maintenance of the Trinity College Memorial Gazebo. Materials range in date from 1988 to 2000 (bulk 1988-1989). The collection also includes a program from the Centennial Celebration of the relocation of Trinity College to Durham, 1992.