James David Barber Scrapbook, 1939-1996

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Barber, James David
James David Barber was a Political Science professor at Duke from 1972-1995. The scrapbook includes news clippings, correspondence, family photographs and childhood memories from the years roughly 1939-1996.
0.5 Linear Feet
1 Item
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

Entitled "My Life," the scrapbook contains nine sections: My Main Vita, My Books, Professors Blessing Me, My Early Life, My Teaching, My Work to Help Duke University, My Coming Forth for Politics, Some Things I Have Done for Humans, and Pictures. It reflects Professor Barber's work as an educator, author and activist. A substantial portion of the scrapbook contains letters from Barber's former students at Duke. In these letters, the students evaluated Barber's courses in political science. Also included are typescripts of Barber's "What Duke Can Be" and "Duke's Constitution," letters to Barber upon his retirement from Duke and family pictures.

This scrapbook is a xerox copy made by James David Barber in 1996 (includes color scans). The original remains with his family.

Biographical / historical:

James David Barber was born in 1930 in Charleston, W. Va. and went on to receive his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Yale University. After teaching at Yale for several years, he joined the faculty of Duke's Political Science Department as Chair in 1972. Barber was well known as a presidential scholar and published numerous books including The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House, The Pulse of Politics: Electing Presidents in the Media Age, Politics by Humans: Research on American Leadership and The Book of Democracy. He served as chair of Amnesty International U.S.A. during the mid-1980s. He remained a community activist in Durham after his retirement from Duke in 1995, helping to raise money for various causes. He died in 2004 at the age of 74.

Acquisition information:
The James David Barber Scrapbook was received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1996.
Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Wood, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accession A95-56 is described in this finding aid.

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Blind -- North Carolina
Clippings (information artifacts)
Amnesty International U.S.A.
Duke University. Department of Political Science -- Faculty
Duke University -- Students
Barber family
Barber, James David


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[Identification of item], James David Barber Scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.