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The formal study of art at Duke began with the establishment of the Dept. of Aesthetics, Art, and Music in 1942. The department was renamed the Dept. of Art in the 1959/1960 academic year, and later renamed the Dept. of Art and Art History in 1985/1986. The Department has two distinct units, one primarily devoted to the making of works of art, the other primarily devoted to the historical understanding and current interpretation of visual images and constructed space. Records include clippings, exhibit catalogs, reports, memoranda, and other records. Subjects include the B. N. Duke lectures, the James A. Thomas Memorial Room, and exhibits. Materials range in date from circa 1942 to 1985. English.

Records include clippings, exhibit catalogs, reports, memoranda, and other records. Subjects include the B. N. Duke lectures, the James A. Thomas Memorial Room, and exhibits. Materials range in date from circa 1942 to 1985.

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Louise Hall papers, 1934-1981 1.5 Linear Feet — approx. 1000 Items

Louise Hall was a professor of Art and Architecture at Duke University from 1931-1975. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, printed material, clippings, color slides and papers related to the Art Department. The material ranges in date from 1934-1981.

The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, documents related to courses and the Art Dept. as well as reports presented to the Committee on Long Range Planning. There is also material regarding space planning, the American Association of University Women and the UNC-Duke Winchester Excavation. There are color slides of the deconstruction of the Asbury Building on East Campus, printed material, some photographs of Hall, clippings and a copy of Hall's Last Will and Testament. The material ranges in date from 1934-1981.

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Ransom Rathbone Patrick papers, 1940s-1960s 2.2 Linear Feet — 1,000 Items

Ransom Patrick was a painter, sculptor and professor of Aesthetics and Art at Duke from the 1940s through the 1960s. His collection includes course materials, photographs of artworks, essays, correspondence and news clippings. Materials range in date from the 1940s-1960s.

Collection contains course materials, Patrick's academic essays and lectures, academic and personal correspondence, Duke administrative and departmental memoranda and documents, photographs of Patrick's murals and sculptures, and news clippings relating to Duke University events.