J. H. Chappell collection, 1922-1927, 1967

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Chappell, John Herbert
J. H. Chappell graduated from Duke University in 1926 and was a college athlete. The collection includes Trinity College and Duke University memorabilia, student notebooks, correspondence, photographs and corresponding negatives, and other materials collected by Chappell during his years at Trinity College during its transition to Duke University. The memorabilia and ephemera include class grade reports, athletics events fliers, pins, banners and pennants, and Durham-specific advertising.
4.0 Linear Feet
2 boxes
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
30 -- Student and Alumni Papers and Materials
30 -- Student and Alumni Papers and Materials > 01 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

J.H. Chappell's papers relate to his time as a student at Trinity College and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, 1922-1927, and include student notebooks, letters, photographs, and memorabilia, and other materials. One box includes a few Trinity College banners and pennants as well as pennants believed to be associated with Trinity Park High School. Of particular note is a pennant for the Hesperian Literary Society. Also included are Chappell's letters earned in athletics.

Ephemeral items include Chappell's admission card, class schedule cards for his four years, his membership certificate for the Order of the Tombs, grade reports, event fliers and programs, athletics memorabilia including ticket booklets and schedules, and Durham-specific business cards and advertisements.

There are photographs and negatives of Trinity/Duke athletes (football, baseball and track) as well as students playing in the snow on what is now East Campus. There is a 1925 panoramic photograph of the Duke University student body and faculty as well as of company c. 13th engineers at Fort Humphreys, Virginia (1927) in addition to a mounted photograph of a baseball team. The players are not in uniform but a few are wearing caps with a "D" on them. Nitrate negatives originally in the collection have been digitized for access and then deaccessioned; corresponding prints are in the collection.

Biographical / historical:

John Herbert Chappell, of Durham, N.C., graduated from Duke University in 1926. He was a student during the University's transition from Trinity College. While at Duke, Chappell participated in both freshman and varsity football and baseball (lettering in baseball) and class wrestling. He was also a member of the "D" Club (for lettered athletes) and the Order of the Tombs.

Acquisition information:
The J. H. Chappell Collection was received by the University Archives as a gift in 2002.
Processing information:

Processed by Kimberly Sims, June 2009.

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2009.

Nitrate negatives processed for digitization by Holly Ren; guide updated by Paula Jeannet, March 2020, January 2023. Original nitrate negatives deaccessioned following digitization, Sept. 2023.

Accession A2002-0074 is described in this finding aid.

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[Identification of item], J. H. Chappell Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.