Explorers' Club records, 1919-2000

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Duke University. Explorers' Club
The Explorers' Club was formed as an informal walking club for Duke students and faculty in 1930. The collection includes photographs of club expeditions, memorabilia and correspondence, mostly from the years 1932 to 1971.
1.2 Linear Feet
100 Items
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
28 -- Faculty and Staff Organizations
28 -- Faculty and Staff Organizations > 01 -- General Organizations


Scope and content:

Includes "Recollections of the Explorers' Club," recorded in April 1971 by Ernest Seeman and "The Explorers' Club" by Exie Duncan. The photograph album contains pictures of club and earlier expeditions from 1919 to 1934. Also includes memorabilia, correspondence, "The Explorer: A Semi-Scholarly Yellow Sheet Devoted to the Pursuit of Epedaphics, Wiener-Schnitzels and Camaraderie; And Being a Circulatory Circumbendibus of the Explores' Club", and the Spring 2000 issue of the Eno River Association's newsletter.

Biographical / historical:

The Explorers' Club was founded in September 1930 by a group of faculty members that included Alice Baldwin, Anne Gardiner, Justin Miller, and Ernest Seeman. According to Burke Smith, one of the early members, the club had no formal membership, no dues, and no officers. Several of the members decided where to go hiking and whom to invite. The names were selected from a list of more than 200 interested students. Trips were made very two weeks on a Sunday afternoon (sometimes on Saturdays). A leisurely walk through a wooded section was followed by a picnic meal around a campfire. Twice a year, weekend trips were made to the mountains and to the sea.

Acquisition information:
The Explorers' Club Records were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1974.
Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Wood, January 2007

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, July 2007

Accession A74-158 is described in this finding aid.

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[Identification of item], Explorers' Club Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.