A. Hollis Edens papers, circa 1850s-1994

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Edens, Arthur Hollis, 1901-
A. Hollis Edens served as President of Duke University from 1949-1960. This collection includes material largely of a personal nature, including correspondence, photographs, printed material, clippings, and scrapbooks. The collection ranges in date from circa 1850s-1994.
9 Linear Feet
approx. 2700 Items
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
03 -- Presidents
03 -- Presidents > 57 -- A. Hollis Edens


Scope and content:

The collection includes correspondence, speeches, Duke-related material, Emory-related material, clippings, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs. The material relates not only to Edens' professional career, but also to his family history and to that of his wife. The majority of the collection consists of family photographs, many of which are unidentified and undated.

Biographical / historical:

Arthur Hollis Edens was born on February 14, 1901 in Willow Grove, Tennessee. He was the son of Everett C. Edens, a Methodist minister, and Barbara Ellen (Jolly) Edens. He attended Emory University from which he received the degrees of B.Ph. (1930) and M.A. (1938). He also received a Masters of Public Administration degree (1944) and a Ph.D. (1949) from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Duke, Edens worked as a teacher and administrator at the Cumberland Mountain School and Emory University. In 1946, he was named Dean of Administration at Emory and in 1947, he became Vice Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. In 1948, he was appointed associate director of the General Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation. In November 1948, the trustees of Duke University selected Edens to serve as president of the institution, a post he held until 1960.

After leaving Duke, Edens served as executive director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, N.C. Edens died in Atlanta, Georgia on August 7, 1968. He was survived by his wife, Mary Kathleen (Russell) Edens and his daughter, Mary Ann (Mrs. Jefferson D. Wingfield, Jr.).

Acquisition information:
The A. Hollis Edens Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 2011-2012.
Processing information:

Processed by Kimberly Sims, April 2012

Updated by Kimberly Sims, August 2012

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, April 2012

Updated by Kimberly Sims, April 2012

Accessions UA2011-0032 and UA2012-0021 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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Emory University -- History -- 20th century
Duke University -- History -- 20th century
Edens family


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[Identification of item], A. Hollis Edens Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.