Richard White papers, 1964-2005

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Summary

Creator:
White, R.A. (Richard Alan), 1935-
Abstract:
Richard White began his career at Duke University as a professor of Botany in 1963. In addition to teaching and researching plant biology, White held administrative positions including Dean of Arts and Sciences and Dean of Trinity College from 1985-1990, Dean of Trinity College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education from 1990-1997, and Director of Sarah P. Duke Gardens in 1999. The collection contains records related to Richard White's work as an administrator and professor. This includes correspondence, reports, notes, and articles related to curriculum planning, commencement, the Biology Department, Duke faculty and students, course materials, and projects outside of Duke.
Extent:
6 Linear Feet
Language:
Materials in English.
Collection ID:
UA.29.02.0278
University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals

Background

Scope and content:

Collection contains records related to Richard White's work as an administrator and professor at Duke. This includes reports, proposals, and correspondence of committees White served on such as the Vascular Plant Herbarium Executive Committee, Biology Curriculum Committee, and Commencement Committee. Consists of correspondence regarding herbarium renovation, memos about the Duke University and Howard University exchange program, and materials related to revisions to the biology major, faculty and student relations, student life, and laboratory manuals. Contains lecture notes, syllabi, and articles from seminars taught by White. Also includes materials related to Project Kaleidoscope and the Beckman Scholars Program.

Biographical / historical:

Richard White was born in 1935. In 1957, he attended Temple University where he received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Engineering. He went on to study at the University of Michigan where he earned both a master's (1960) and a doctoral degree (1962). He began his career at Duke as a professor of Botany in 1963. He later became chair of the Botany Department from 1978 to 1984. White held several administrative positions including Dean of Arts and Sciences and Dean of Trinity College from 1985-1990, Dean of Trinity College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education from 1990-1997, and Director of Sarah P. Duke Gardens in 1999. In his position as director of the gardens, White led the efforts to establish a Doris Duke Center. In 2000, White was named University Marshal and returned to teaching. He described his research as "focused on the development and systematic anatomy/morphology of vascular plants, especially pteridophytes." Richard White Lecture Hall, which opened in 2001, was named in his honor. In 2005, he was named Professor Emeritus of Biology and Dean Emeritus of Trinity College.

Sources:

https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/uarchives/history/exhibits/building-names/east/white, accessed March 6, 2024

https://scholars.duke.edu/person/rwhite, accessed March 6, 2024

Acquisition information:
The Richard White papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer from the Biology Department in 2023.
Processing information:

Processed by April Blevins and Ani Karagianis, April 2024

Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2023-0044

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Copyright for official university records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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[Identification of item], Richard White papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.