Roberta Florence Brinkley papers, 1933-1962

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Summary

Creator:
Brinkley, Roberta Florence, 1893-1967
Abstract:
Educator and administrator Roberta Florence Brinkley was professor of English and Dean of the Woman's College at Duke University from 1947 until 1962. Collection contains manuscript materials, correspondence, class notes, memoranda, and other papers. The bulk consists of notes, drafts and a typescript of the unpublished Milton's Poems Adapted for Music, and related materials on the relationship of music and other arts, including the various versions and adaptations of Paradise Lost.
Extent:
1.7 Linear Feet
1,750 Items
Language:
Material in English
Collection ID:
UA.29.02.0108
University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals

Background

Scope and content:

Collection contains manuscript materials, correspondence, class notes, memoranda, and other papers. The bulk consists of notes, drafts and a typescript of the unpublished Milton's Poems Adapted for Music, and related materials on the relationship of music and other arts, including the various versions and adaptations of Paradise Lost. The remaining papers consist of notes for Dr. Brinkley's classes on English poetry, a typescript, memos, and correspondence concerning her activities with Duke University Church, and materials concerning art development at Duke. A copy of her eulogy, written by Dean Ellen Gobbel and Miriam Warren was added to the collection.

The manuscript of Milton's Poems Adapted for Music is on loan and is available for consultation but cannot be released without the permission of S.G. Brinkley.

Biographical / historical:

Educator and administrator Roberta Florence Brinkley was professor of English and Dean of the Woman's College at Duke University from 1947 until 1962. She was born in Augusta, Georgia, educated at Agnes Scott College (A.B., 1914), Peabody College for Teachers (M.A., 1919), and received her Ph.D. from Yale in 1924. Her area of study was English literature of the 17th century. She taught at Goucher College from 1924 to 1947, serving as chair of the English Department from 1945-1947. In 1947, she came to Duke to succeed Alice Mary Baldwin as Dean of the Woman's College and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1962. She wrote or edited five books and was active in a number of scholarly societies.

Acquisition information:
The Roberta Florence Brinkley papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1962, 1967, 1983.
Processing information:

Processed by Archives Staff, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accessions 62-578, 67-317, 67-318, 83-25 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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[Identification of item], Roberta Florence Brinkley Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.