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Chapel Reference collection, 1933-ongoing 2.1 Linear Feet — 2250 Items

The Chapel Reference Collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research. It includes subject files ordered alphabetically on various subjects relating to the Chapel. Some prominent subjects include: administrative history of the Chapel; the organs (Aeolian, Brombaugh, Flentrop); calendar of events; carillon; Chapel choir; sarcophagi; special services/events; weddings; and windows.

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The Duke Chapel is the central focus of Duke University's West Campus, a Gothic-style church completed in 1935. The book Duke Chapel Illuminated, consisting of numerous photographs of the Chapel including the stained glass windows, carvings and statues, and other details, was published in 2001. The collection includes photographs taken for the creation of the book, especially of the stained glass windows, statues, and carvings in, and views of, the chapel, as well as some material about the production of the book.

The collection includes photographs taken for the creation of the book Duke Chapel Illuminated as well as some materials related to the production of the book. The majority of the photographs are of the stained glass windows, statues, and carvings in, and views of the chapel; also included are photographs of events in and around the chapel, as well as images from the Duke University Archives of people, events, and scenes from the history of the Chapel. A small amount of material related to the layout and production of the book Duke Chapel Illuminated is also included.

The book The Architecture of Duke University by William Blackburn, 1939, was used to number and identify the stained glass windows, as well as provide information on the location of statues and carvings. A digital copy of this book is available via HathiTrust.

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Duke Chapel records, 1920-[ongoing] 47 Linear Feet — 0.23 Gigabytes

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Collection contains records relating to the operations and activities of Duke Chapel and ranges in date from 1920-[ongoing]. Material includes administrative records, printed exercise programs and bulletins, transcripts of sermons, oversize material including marriage and baptismal registries, carillon and carillonneur material, miscellaneous clippings, press releases, and published material relating to Duke University and the Chapel. University Archives staff must be consulted in order to determine what material is covered by the administrative restriction.

Contains material pertaining to the operation and activities of the Duke University Chapel and ranges in date from 1920-[ongoing]. The records are arranged in six series: administrative records, carillon/carilloneur, exercise programs and bulletins, sermons, registers and logbooks, and general files.

The Administrative records contain material created and accumulated by the Chapel Development Officer as well as the records of various committees including Chapel renovation and organ. Carillon material includes program logbooks created by the University Carillonneur and a special carillon program in honor of Terry Sanford. The exercise programs series is composed of printed programs from various services and exercises held in the Chapel: Sunday Service of Worship, Elementary Service, Faculty Service, Service for Elected Officials, various recitals, and Easter, Lenten, and Christmas services. The sermons series contains transcripts of sermons performed in the Chapel by various ministers, faculty, and guests of the University including William H. Willimon, James T. Cleland, Howard C. Wilkinson, and Waldo Beach. Registers and logbooks contains oversize bound volumes documenting Chapel attendance and weddings, baptisms, and funerals held in the Chapel. General files primarily consists of reference material used by Chapel staff: informal histories, information about chapel windows and exterior sculpture, informal patron inquiries, and various printed material. Major subjects include building and grounds, organ (Flentrop and Aeolian), tower and elevator, Chapel policies, weddings, and Chapel photo albums. Also present in the collection are programs for special services held in the Chapel observing V-E and V-J Days and the Chapel's dedication ceremony in 1935.

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Mildred Hendrix (1905-1985) was the Chapel Organist and University Organist at Duke University from 1944 to 1967 and Professor of Music from 1944 to 1969. The papers include correspondence, certificates, general subject files, recital materials, photographs, and other programs related to her career as an organist and organ instructor at the University. Major subjects in this collection are music for chapel services, organ instruction and performance, scholarly study of the organ, Duke University Chapel programming, and the Duke University Music Department. English.

Papers contain personal correspondence, correspondence with organ students concerning practice times and lesson arrangements, records of works played during sermons, clippings and biographical information on organists invited to perform at Duke, photographs, course syllabi, evaluation of potential students, and correspondence and conference material relating to professional organizations. Also contains bulletins and minutes for Music Department faculty meetings (ca. 1960-1967).

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The dean of Duke Chapel oversees the operation of the chapel and plays an integral role in connecting the academic and spiritual lives of the university's students, faculty and staff. The collection contains materials of the Minister's office, the Chaplain, Duke University Church, Friends of Duke Chapel, student religious activities and organization. Materials include files on former preachers at Duke Chapel, photographs, pamphlets, clippings, correspondence and audio cassettes. Materials range in date from 1940-1984.

Historically, the role of the dean of Duke Chapel has changed as has the title. Currently, the dean of Duke Chapel oversees the operation of the chapel and plays an integral role in connecting the academic and spiritual lives of the university's students, faculty and staff. In addition to overseeing planned worship, counseling and preaching, the dean serves as a focal point for ethical and theological discussions on campus covering a wide range of topical issues. The collection contains materials of the Minister's office, the Chaplain, Duke University Church, Friends of Duke Chapel, student religious activities and organization. Materials include files on former preachers at Duke Chapel, photographs, pamphlets, clippings, correspondence and audio cassettes. Materials range in date from 1940-1984.

Boxes 1-10 contain A84-22. Box 11 contains A83-76 and A84-25. Boxes 12-13 contain A84-25. Box 14 contains A84-25 and A84-99. Boxes 15-18 contain A84-99. Boxes 19-20 contain A99-64. Box 21 contains A97-41.

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Paul S. Robinson papers, 1932-1941 0.5 Linear Feet — 200 Items

Paul Robinson was an organist at the Duke University Chapel from 1932-1941. The collection includes programs for Chapel and Duke musical events, clippings, and other material related to the Duke Summer School Choir. It ranges in date from 1932-1941.

Collection includes newspaper clippings about Robinson's organ recitals in the Duke University Chapel, as well as programs for organ and carillon recitals and Chapel worship services. Also includes miscellaneous programs for event sin the Chapel, and a booklet of photos, entitled "Campus Views." Includes program from what was probably the first organ recital in the Chapel on June 1, 1932. The collection ranges in date from 1932-1941.