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Guide to the Duke Artists Series records, 1931-2000

Abstract

The Duke Artists Series, founded in 1931, brings international music, opera, and dance performances to University venues. The Duke Artists Series was administered by the Office of Cultural Affairs and later, the Office of University Life. This collection includes programs, printed matter, correspondence, clippings, artist contracts, financial materials, and box office reports. Major subjects include Duke University, the Duke Artists Series, the Office of Cultural Affairs, the Office of University Life, and performing arts. Materials range in date from 1931-2000.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Duke Artists Series records 1931-2000
Creator
Duke University. Duke Artists Series.
Extent
9.0 Linear Feet , 6,000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Contains programs, printed matter, correspondence and artists contracts, and financial and box office reports pertaining to the Duke Artists Series. Materials range in date from 1931-2000.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.

warning Use Restrictions

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.

Contents of the Collection

Contains administration and management materials including correspondence, financial statements and box office reports, a brief history of the series, advisory committee minutes, and lists of the series performers. Also includes contracts, correspondence, publicity materials, box office reports, and newspaper clippings.

Ordered alphabetically by topic.

Advisory Committee, 1955-1969
Box 1
Advisory Committee, 1969-1984
Box 1
Barnes, J. Foster, 1950
Box 1
Cancellations, 1969-1989
Box 1
Correspondence, 1951-1990
Box 1
Development Committee, 1989-1990
Box 1
Financial Statements, 1932-1957
Box 1
Financial Statements, 1958-1969
Box 1
Financial Statements, 1969-1973
Box 1
Financial Statements, 1973-1984
Box 1
Form Letters, 1964-1969
Box 1
Fundraising, 1985-1993
Box 1
Group Advertisements, 1987-1988
Box 1
History to 2000, 2000
Box 1
Lists of Artists Series Performers, 1931-1990
Box 1
North Carolina Arts Council, 1978-1979
Box 1
Opening Dinner, 1988-1989
Box 1
Rate of Credit for Tickets, 1989-1990
Box 1
Usher Corps, 1980
Box 1
Wagner Affair, 1954-1956
Box 1
1930-1931
Box 1
1931-1932
Box 1
1932-1933
Box 1
1933-1934
Box 1
1934-1935
Box 1
1935-1936
Box 1
1936-1937
Box 1
1937-1938
Box 1
1938-1939
Box 1
1939-1940
Box 1
1940-1941
Box 1
1941-1942
Box 1
1942-1943
Box 1
1943-1944
Box 1
1944-1945
Box 1
1945-1946
Box 1
1946-1947
Box 1
1947-1948
Box 1
1948-1949
Box 1
1949-1950
Box 1
1950-1951
Box 1
1951-1952
Box 1
1952-1953
Box 1
1953-1954
Box 1
1954-1955
Box 1
1955-1956
Box 1
1956-1957
Box 1
1957-1958
Box 1
1958-1959
Box 1
1959-1960
Box 1
1960-1961
Box 1
1961-1962
Box 1
1962-1963
Box 1
1963-1964
Box 1
1964-1965
Box 1
1965-1966
Box 1
1966-1967
Box 1
1967-1968
Box 1
1968-1969
Box 1
1969-1970
Box 1
1970-1971
Box 1
1971-1972
Box 1
1972-1973
Box 1
1973-1974
Box 1
1974-1975
Box 1
1975-1976
Box 1
1976-1977
Box 1
1977-1978
Box 1
1978-1979
Box 1
1980-1981
Box 2
1981-1982
Box 2
1982-1983
Box 2
1983-1984
Box 2
1987-1988
Box 2
1988-1989
Box 2
1989-1990
Box 2
Duke Artists Series, Budget 1975-1976; 1977-1979
Box 3
Duke Artist Series, 1981-1982
Box 3
Duke Artists Series, 1982-1983
Box 3
Duke Artists Series, Survey 1983
Box 3
Duke Artists Series, Box Office Reports, 1983-1984
Box 3
Duke Artists Series, Board of Directors, 1983-1984
Box 3
NC Arts Council Dance Touring Program Grants Evaluation Forms, 1979-
Box 3
Grant Requests: NC Arts Council/Duke Artists Series
Box 3
NC Arts Council, Misc. Grant Information
Box 3
Southern Arts Federation Grant, 1984
Box 3
NC Arts Council, NC Touring Program, Piedmont Chamber Orchestra
Box 3
Murray Louis Film: "Dance as an Art Form"
Box 3
Lost Eden Production
Box 3
Raleigh's Dream
Box 3
Artists Series Contribution, 1983-1985
Box 4
Artists Series Fundraising Event, 1985
Box 4
Artist Series, 1985-1986
Box 4
Artists Series, 1986-1987
Box 4
Artists Series, 1987-1988
Box 4
Artists Series Contributions, 1987-1988
Box 4
Artists Series Contributions, 1988-1989
Box 4
Artists Series Dinner Invitation, 1988-1989
Box 4
Artist Series Contributions, 1989-1990
Box 4
Faculty/Employee Discount for Cultural Events, 1990-1992
Box 4
Artists Series Contributions, 1990-1991
Box 4
Artist Series Fundraising, 1990-1991
Box 4
Artist Series Misc. Publicity, 1990-1991
Box 4
Nicholas Kitchen, 1991
Box 4
Czech Philharmonic, 1990
Box 4
Richard Stoltzman, 1991
Box 4
Samuel Ramey, 1991
Box 4
NY Baroque Dance Co. and Concert Royal, 1991
Box 4
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, 1991
Box 4
Brochure, 1991-1992
Box 4
Artists Series Contributions, 1991-1992
Box 4
Murray Perahia, 1991
Box 4
Empire Brass, 1991
Box 4
Frederica Von Stade, 1992
Box 4
Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, 1992
Box 4
Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 1992
Box 4
Kyung Wha Chung, 1992
Box 4
Artists Series, 1992-1993
Box 4
Emanual Ax and Yo Yo Ma, 1992
Box 4
Western Opera Theater - "La Boheme," 1992
Box 4
Royal New Zealand Ballet, 1993
Box 4
Dawn Upshaw, 1993
Box 4
Joshua Bell, 1993
Box 4
Danish Radio National Symphony Orchestra with Bella Davidovich, 1993
Box 4
Artists Series Contributions, 1992-1993
Box 4
Artist Series, 1993-1994
Box 4
Artists Series Donors, 1993-1994
Box 4
Mark Morris Dance Group, 1993
Box 4
Bolshoi Symphony, 1993
Box 4
Haken Hagegard, 1993
Box 4
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, 1994
Box 4
Boys Choir of Harlem, 1994
Box 4
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, 1994
Box 4
Cho-Liang Lin, 1994
Box 4
Artists Series Budget, 1994-1995
Box 4
Vladimir Feltsman, 1994
Box 4
James Galway, 1994
Box 4
Chanticleer, 1995
Box 4
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin 1995
Box 4
Ballet Theatre de Bordeaux, 1995
Box 4
Frederica Von Stade, 1995
Box 4

Includes performance brochures, flyers, performance programs for each featured artist, and seasonal brochures.

Ordered chronologically.

1930-1931
Box 5
1931-1932
Box 5
1932-1933
Box 5
1933-1934
Box 5
1934-1935
Box 5
1935-1936
Box 5
1937-1938
Box 5
1938-1939
Box 5
1939-1940
Box 5
1940-1941
Box 5
1941-1942
Box 5
1942-1943
Box 5
1943-1944
Box 5
1944-1945
Box 5
1945-1946
Box 5
1946-1947
Box 5
1947-1948
Box 5
1948-1949
Box 5
1949-1950
Box 5
1950-1951
Box 5
1951-1952
Box 5
1952-1953
Box 5
1953-1954
Box 5
1954-1955
Box 5
1955-1956
Box 5
1957-1958
Box 5
1958-1959
Box 5
1959-1960
Box 5
1960-1961
Box 5
1961-1962
Box 5
1962-1963
Box 5
1963-1964
Box 5
1964-1965
Box 5
1965-1966
Box 5
1966-1967
Box 5
1968-1969
Box 5
1969-1970
Box 5
1970-1971
Box 5
1971-1972
Box 5
1972-1973
Box 5
1973-1974
Box 5
1974-1975
Box 5
1975-1976
Box 5
1976-1977
Box 5
1977-1978
Box 5
1978-1979
Box 5
1979-1980
Box 5
1980-1981
Box 5
1981-1982
Box 5
1982-1983
Box 5
1983-1984
Box 5
1984-1985
Box 5
1985-1986
Box 5
1986-1987
Box 5
1987-1988
Box 5
1988-1989
Box 5
1989-1990
Box 5
1990-1991
Box 5
1991-1992
Box 5
1992-1993
Box 5
1993-1994
Box 5
1994-1995
Box 5
1995-1996
Box 5
1998-1999
Box 5

Contains publicity photographs sent to Duke University by performer agencies and managers.

Ordered chronologically.

1931-1949 ; n.d.
Box 6
1950-1960 Spring
Box 6
1960 Fall -1963 Spring
Box 6
1964-1965
Box 6
1965-1966
Box 6
1966-1967
Box 6
1968-1969
Box 6
1969-1970
Box 6
1970-1971
Box 6
1971-1972
Box 6
1972-1973
Box 6
1973-1974
Box 6
1974-1975
Box 6
1975-1976
Box 6
1976-1977
Box 6
1977-1978
Box 6
1978-1979
Box 6
1980-1981
Box 6
1981-1982
Box 6
1982-1983
Box 6
1983-1984
Box 6
Miscellaneous
Box 6
Negatives
Box 6

Historical Note

The Artists Series was founded in 1931, when an unfortunate fire at Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium forced a scheduled concert by piano great Ignace Paderewski to be moved to Duke's Page Auditorium. Paderewski played to an enthusiastic crowd, albeit in near complete dark due to his stage fright, and in the midst of a winter snowstorm. After its unscheduled beginning, the Artists Series soon became a cultural institution on campus and in the community. From the start, the Series presented established and admired international performers in classical music, opera, ballet, and folk and modern dance.

Each academic year, an average of six performances have been scheduled, primarily in Page Auditorium, although Cameron Indoor Stadium has been used for unusually large or popular performing groups such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Examples of artists who have performed as part of the Artists Series include Jascha Heifetz, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Yehudi Menuhin, Artur Rubinstein, Martha Graham, the Robert Shaw Chorale, Andres Segovia, Isaac Stern, Beverly Sills, Leontyne Price, and Murray Perahia amongst many others. The Artists Series was directed from its inception to 1956 by J. Foster Barnes, Director of Social and Religious Affairs. William J. Griffith, Director of the Student Union and later of Student Affairs, led the Series from 1956 to 1969 when Ella Fountain Pratt took over its leadership under the Office of Cultural Affairs. Upon Pratt's retirement in 1984, Susan L. Coon, as Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, assumed administration of the program. As of the 2000-2001 academic year, the Artists Series is administered by Coon under the Office of University Life. There is an advisory committee chaired by the Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs (or University Life). The ten member committee is composed of at least two members of the Music Department, two general faculty, two members of the community, four students from the major dance and music organizations, and the chairperson of the University Union Performing Arts Committee. The advisory committee is responsible for the final selection of series performers and the approval financial arrangements accompanying these selections.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Office of Cultural Affairs records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Office of University Life records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

Transfer; 2000; A2000-65.

Transfer; 2002; A2002-35.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah G. Carr

Completed 2000

Encoded by Joshua McKim, Emily Glenn, April 2003

Updated by Sherrie Bowser, March 2007.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.