York House records, 1966-1979

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Duke University. York House
York House was formed in 1961. Contains the records of York House, an independent living group for upperclassmen and underclassmen, at Duke University. Types of materials include newsletters, financial summaries, constitutions, and miscellaneous notes. Major subjects include residential living at Duke University, student life, alcohol use, and social activities among students. Materials are dated from 1966 to 1979.
0.2 Linear Feet
200 Items
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
31 -- Student/Campus Life
31 -- Student/Campus Life > 17 -- Living groups


Scope and content:

Contains materials relating to the general governance and social activities of residents of York House, a Duke University Residence Hall.

Biographical / historical:

York House was an independent cross-sectional living group formed at Duke University in the 1961-1962 academic year. York House, along with the now defunct Lancaster House, became a permanent living group in 1964. In 1978, it was the only non-selective, cross-sectional co-ed dormitory on West Campus. York House sought to promote friendship and unity among its diverse members.

Residents of York House took ski trips, hosted a backgammon tournament and cookouts, had ice cream socials and formal dance parties. Semester plans normally included parties, a breakfast, movie nights, bowling nights, and study breaks. York House residents also collected books from faculty and students to create a small reference library. In the late 1960s, house members published The White Rose, an informational handbook for house members.

York House was located in Edens Quad and was part of the Edens Federation, a unifying body for advocacy, activity planning, community building, and decision making. The Edens Federation was established in the late 1970s for West Campus residents of Mirecourt, Taylor, Burton, Lancaster, Tabard, and York Houses. As a residential unit, York House had to conform to rules set by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Housing Management.

Acquisition information:
The York House Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1977.
Processing information:

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2006

Accession A77-205 is described in this finding aid.

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Dormitories -- North Carolina
Residence and education
Student housing -- North Carolina -- Durham
College students -- Alcohol use -- North Carolina -- Durham
Duke University -- Students -- Social conditions
Duke University -- Students
Duke University. York House


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