Alumni Affairs records, 1851 - 2015 33 Linear Feet
Records contain class files, administrative materials, fundraising materials, alumni publications records, subject files, photographs, video and sound recordings, and an index to Duke students who served in World War II. Materials include reunion information, correspondence, reports, programs, clippings, and printed matter.
Benjamin Franklin Fisher papers, 1963-2001, bulk 1967-2001 1.6 Linear Feet — circa 1006 Items
The papers of Benjamin Franklin Fisher IV, an American literature scholar, editor, and teacher, span the years 1963 to 2001, with the bulk dated from 1963 to 2001. The Fisher Papers consist of correspondence and printed materials that primarily document Fisher's and his Duke University advisors' educational and career trajectories. These materials also provide insight into various scholars' recent contributions to Poe studies, as well as information on the general activities of, and Fisher's leadership roles in, several of the professional organizations of which Fisher was a member. These organizations especially include those devoted to the study of Edgar Allan Poe.
The Correspondence Series, 1963-2001 (bulk 1967-2001) consists of letters between Fisher and other scholars of American literature from 1963 to 2001, with the bulk dated 1967-2001. Much of the correspondence mingles professional exchanges with personal inquiries and salutations. Included are many of the prominent names in Edgar Allan Poe scholarship, including Richard Benton, David K. Jackson, Burton Pollin, Richard Kopley, Alexander G. Rose, and G. R. "Dick" Thompson. The collection also contains Fisher's correspondence with Duke faculty members Arlin Turner, Clarence Gohdes, and Jay B. Hubbell, beginning in Fisher's graduate student years and continuing until their deaths. Much of Fisher's correspondence includes manuscript evaluations, both casually for colleagues and professionally for publishers or editors. Also included are Fisher's files regarding conferences, especially records of the Edgar Allan Poe Society's Annual Speakers Series, for which Fisher served as chairman. Much of the correspondence with individuals provides information on the activities of this and other organizations to which Fisher belonged, especially the Poe Studies Association. A significant portion of correspondence from 1999 to 2001 is print-outs of electronic mail.
The Printed Material Series, 1978-1982 includes a copy of the April/June 1978 issue of Serials Review, which features a history of American Literature, a journal published at Duke. The article praises AL's three editors Jay B. Hubbell, Arlin Turner, and Clarence Gohdes, who also served as Fisher's mentors at Duke. Tributes to Turner can also be found in the 1981 issue of South Atlantic Quarterly and in the first of two volumes of University of Mississippi Studies in English (USME) found in this collection. In addition to Fisher's tribute to Turner, the first volume of USME also contains Fisher's review of Turner's 1980 book Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Biography. Volume 3 (1982) of the UMSE is entitled "Poe-purri," and includes Fisher's essay "A Ten-Year Shelf of Poe Books." This series also includes two 1982 Edgar Allan Poe Society publications written by Alexander Rose, who had served as the organization's president from 1969-1976. The first volume, History of the Edgar Allan Poe Society, is largely in narrative form. It is accompanied by a second volume of minutes and annual reports from which the history was drawn.
This collection is part of the Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography. Related materials may be found in other Hubbell Center collections, including the Jay B. Hubbell Papers, Arlin Turner Papers, Clarence Gohdes Papers, Poe Studies Association Records, and the Modern Language Association, American Literature Section Papers.
Bill Bramberg collection, 1955-1956 1.5 Linear Feet — approx. 19 items
The collection includes clippings and photographs regarding the 1955 Hoof'n'Horn production of "Laughing at You," as well as a telegram, Joe College brochure, and LPs of Hoof'n'Horn productions. The collection ranges in date from 1955-1956.
Biographical Reference collection, 1972 - 2004 15 Linear Feet
Bob Long collection, 1936-1944, 1991 0.5 Linear Feet — About 150 Items
Collection contains photographs which document student life in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Subjects include athletics, commencement, social activities and societal events. Of particular note are photographs from an unidentified student event where subjects are in blackface. The collection also contains various printed matter, including handbooks and programs, and Duke ephemera, including Duke Alumni window decals and paper pennants. The collection ranges in date from 1936-1944, 1991.
Collection contains materials related to Booher's research on Sheldon Robert Harte. This includes correspondence from alumni containing recollections of Harte during his time at Duke University, Booher's research notes and materials, Harte's Duke transcript, and the written works Harte published in The Archive.
Capt. Francis Micara collection, 1944-2015 (bulk 1944-1947) 1.75 Linear Feet
Contains material pertaining to Micara's experience as a student of Trinity College at Duke University including the first NROTC Bulletin from 1941; Duke decals and stickers; playbills, clippings, photographs, and scripts from Duke Players and Hoof 'N' Horn productions including My Sister Eileen, The Laugh's the Thing, and Stand By; a 1941 Freshman Week program; photographs of Sigma Chi fraternity; a program of the Tau Psi Omega production of The Barber of Seville in French; small charms (called "keys") from several organizations of which Micara was a member including Tau Psi Omega and Sigma Chi; material from the Agar Research Program at the Marine Laboratory at Beaufort, North Carolina; and a Commencement invitation and program from the October 1944 ceremony. Also present is material from class reunions including a 33 ½ RPM record titled "Mission Possible" for the 25th class reunion of 1970; a Class of 1944 Golden Anniversary Chanticleer, 1944-1994; and biographical information on Capt. Francis Micara including an article about him in the Winter 2014 issue of the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association's NCVA Cryptolog.
Carol Georgette Lake Bradley memoirs, 1922-1974, 2010-2021 9.75 Linear Feet — 9 boxes — 19.75 Gigabytes — 11 optical disks (DVD) — 2,683 electronic files (.jpeg, .tif, .pdf, .exif, .doc)
Collection consists of ten handwritten spiral-bound volumes containing the memoirs of Duke alumna Carol Georgette Lake Bradley (1922-2006), in which she describes in detail her childhood, school years, World War II, experiences at Duke University, marriage, motherhood, and teaching career. Includes a narrative on the death of one of her children from polycystic kidney disease. Filed inside the volumes are letters, photographs, clippings, programs, and other memorabilia.The volumes include photographs, letters, programs, clippings, and other memorabilia that have been tipped in or loosely inserted between the pages.
From about 2010 to 2017, Bradley's family transcribed, scanned, and indexed all of the memoirs; these additional resources are also part of the collection. Electronic files originally on 11 DVDs have been migrated to a library server; file contents are open to research and include scans of photographs, text, and memorabilia.
Committee Against the Nixon-Duke Library (CANDL) records, 1981. 0.2 Linear Feet — 200 Items
The bulk of dated materials from the Committee Against the Nixon-Duke Library spans the months of September through December 1981. The collection is composed primarily of correspondence, including the personal correspondence of Ruffin Slater and Prof. Norman Guttman, both on the CANDL Coordinating Committee, as well as active CANDL member Prof. J. David Barber. It also contains two folders of correspondence to the Committee, separated into letters of support for CANDL and letters of opposition to the Committee's goals. It contains one folder of confidential correspondence to Duke President Terry Sanford.
The CANDL Records also contain some letter and advertisement drafts, as well handwritten notes on a variety on subjects, all of an unidentified author, most probably Slater or Guttman.
The collection also contains letters mailed to faculty and alumni soliciting membership and donations, as well as periodic updates sent to CANDL members. Advertisements placed in local papers and flyers posted on campus are also included, as well as a humorous Watergate coloring book used to construct these ads.
Membership information is organized into two folders. Faculty membership lists are arranged chronologically and are frequently divided into departmental lists.
Financial Records are limited to incomplete handwritten expenditure and donation lists and a receipt from The Chronicle significant for its complete list of ads placed by CANDL in the campus newspaper.
This collection also contains one folder of brochures and publications from other presidential libraries and museums, all ca. 1981, not duplicated in the Nixon Library Controversy Collection.
For additional information, see also the Nixon Library Controversy Collection.