Giles House records, 1932-1980

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Duke University. Giles House
Giles House is a student residence hall on East Campus. Contains the records of Giles House, a residence hall for students at Duke University. Types of materials include correspondence, minutes, and a record of visitors. Topics of materials include student life, Duke University history, residential living, and women college students. Materials range in date from 1932-1980. The bulk of the material ranges in date from 1961-1966.
0.2 Linear Feet
120 Items
Material in English
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University Archives Record Group:
31 -- Student/Campus Life
31 -- Student/Campus Life > 17 -- Living groups


Scope and content:

Contains short writings, correspondence, minutes, a report, rules, and a visitor log book pertaining to Giles House, a dormitory for women, located on the East Campus of Duke University.

Biographical / historical:

Completed in 1928, Giles House was first known as Dormitory No. 1. Its construction was funded by J.B. Duke's donations for rebuilding the Trinity College campus and creating a new campus to the west. Dormitory No. 1 was designed to accommodate approximately 110 people. Like the other dorms in the Georgian quadrangle, it originally contained fifty single rooms, thirty double rooms, three parlors, a kitchenette, a pressing room, a reception room, a suite for the head of the house, and offices. In 1930, the dormitory was renamed in honor of sisters Mary, Theresa, and Persis Giles. The Giles sisters graduated in 1878 as the first women granted degrees by Trinity College since the college began admitting women as regular students in 1866.

The Giles Residence Hall is located on the East Campus quad between Lilly Library and the Carr Building. Giles is currently a co-educational residence hall.

Acquisition information:
The Giles House Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1982.
Processing information:

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2006

Accession A82-40 is described in this finding aid.

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[Identification of item], Giles House Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.