Gross-Edens Affair Reference collection, 1960, 1994

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Duke University. University Archives
The Gross-Edens Affair Reference Collection contains files of newspaper clippings, correspondence and memoranda, and articles concerning a 1960 administrative controversy at Duke. This collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research.
0.25 Linear Feet
approx. 150 Items
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
01 -- General Information and University History
01 -- General Information and University History > 11 -- Reference Collections


Scope and content:

Contains newspaper clippings, administrative memoranda and correspondence, and committee reports pertaining to an administrative controversy at Duke. Among the people and committees represented are Duke President Arthur H. Edens, Professor Paul M. Gross, chairman of the Board of Trustees Norman A. Cocke, the University Council, and a special committee of the faculty.

Biographical / historical:

The Gross-Edens Affair culminated in the 1960 resignation of then-President Arthur H. Edens and the demotion of the University's chief academic officer, Paul M. Gross, Vice-President in the Educational Division. The matter is significant in Duke's history as one of three administrative shakeups within a two-decade period that involved the University's presidency. The first of these was the debate in the late 1940s over how to gracefully end President Robert Lee Flowers' term in office, the second, the Gross-Edens Affair, and the third, the resignation of Dr. Douglas M. Knight from the presidency in 1969. The Gross-Edens Affair impacted the Bylaws of the University, makeup and role of the University's Board of Trustees, the organization of the University's senior administrative offices, and the role of the faculty in the governance of the institution.

Acquisition information:
The Gross-Edens Affair Reference Collection was compiled by University Archives staff from a variety of sources.
Processing information:

Processed by Thomas Harkins, July 2009

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, August 2009

Physical location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard


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Duke University -- Gross-Edens Affair
Duke University -- History -- 20th century
Cocke, Norman A.
Edens, Arthur Hollis, 1901-
Gross, Paul Magnus, 1895-1986


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[Identification of item], Gross-Edens Affair Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.