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Guide to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Duke University Chapter Records 1932 - 1983 (bulk 1944-1970)

Abstract

The Duke University chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is an academic group for Engineering students at Duke University, formed in 1932. Records contain correspondence, annual reports, meeting announcements, planning materials for the Engineers Show, a newsletter, minutes, membership lists, membership certificates, photographs, and clippings. Major subjects include the American Society of Civil Engineers, Duke University, the School of Engineering, civil engineering study and teaching, professional development, student societies, and the history of civil engineering. Materials range in date from 1932 to 1983 (bulk 1944-1970).

Descriptive Summary

Title
American Society of Civil Engineers, Duke University Chapter records 1932-1983, bulk 1944-1970
Creator
American Society of Civil Engineers. Duke University chapter.
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, 2,500 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 correspondence, annual reports, notes from field trips, photographs, and other materials pertaining to the activities of the Duke University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers from 1932 to 1983 (bulk 1944-1970).

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

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

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended, Duke University permits students to inspect their education records and limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records.

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 correspondence between the chapter and the national organization, Duke University departments, other student chapters, and potential speakers.

Ordered by date.

1950-1953
Box 1 Folder 1
1954-1955
Box 1 Folder 2
1956
Box 1 Folder 3
1957-1958
Box 1 Folder 4
1959
Box 1 Folder 5
1960
Box 1 Folder 6
1961
Box 1 Folder 7
1962
Box 1 Folder 8
1963
Box 1 Folder 9
1964
Box 1 Folder 10
1965
Box 1 Folder 11
1966
Box 2 Folder 12
1967-1970
Box 2 Folder 13

Contains the annual reports of the Duke University chapter, as reported to the headquarters of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Annual reports generally included a calendar of events, a written self-evaluation, lists of members, minutes, clippings and press, notes from field trips, statistical summaries, project and conference reports, and photographs.

Ordered by date.

1932-1936
Folder 14
1938-1944
Folder 15
1945-1947
Folder 16
1948-1950
Folder 17
1951-1954
Box 3 Folder 18
1955-1956
Box 3 Folder 19
1957-1958
Box 3 Folder 20
1959-1960
Box 3 Folder 21
1961
Box 3 Folder 22
1963
Box 3 Folder 23
1968-1969
Box 3 Folder 24

Contains planning materials, announcements, correspondence, proposed building layouts, evaluations, and reports of conferences held at Duke University. The conferences, organized by the chapter, presented awards for excellence in engineering around the United States, held contests for student exhibitions, and opened laboratories for viewing projects in progress.

Ordered by date.

1953
Box 4 Folder 25
1954
Box 4 Folder 26
1955
Box 4 Folder 27
1956
Box 4 Folder 28
1957
Box 4 Folder 29
1958
Box 4 Folder 30
1959
Box 4 Folder 31
1960
Box 4 Folder 32
1962, 1966
Box 4 Folder 33

Contains correspondence, itineraries, reports, and photographs from fall field trips.

Ordered by date.

Carolina Steel and Iron Company, 1951
Folder 34
Lone Star Cement Corporation, 1952
Folder 35
ASCE National Conference, New Orleans, La., 1952
Folder 36
Nantahala Powerhouse and ASCE National Conference, Atlanta, Ga., 1954
Folder 37
Kerr Dam, 1955
Folder 38
Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md., 1956
Folder 39
Charlotte, N.C. area plants, 1957
Box 5 Folder 40
Snake Island Fishway and Ft. McNair College, Washington, D.C. Area, 1959
Box 5 Folder 41
Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md., 1960
Box 5 Folder 42
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kempsville Nike site, Norfolk, Va., 1961 and Carolina Steel Corporation, 1969
Box 5 Folder 43

Contains general materials of the Duke University chapter, including histories, minutes, constitutions, photographs, and clippings.

Duke University chapter constitutions, ca. 1951 and 1954
Folder 44
Chapter history, undated
Folder 45
Chapter ratings, 1956-1963
Folder 46
Meeting announcements, undated, 1983
Folder 47
Minutes, 1944-1945, 1956, 1962, 1966
Folder 48
Membership and officer lists, 1960-1965
Folder 49
Membership certificates, undated
Folder 50
Film committee, advertisements and correspondence, 1951-1953
Folder 51
Film committee, advertisements and correspondence, 1954-1960
Folder 52
Order of Saint Patrick, constitution and emblem sketch, 1950
Folder 53
The Grapevine, 1951
Folder 54
Photographs, 1946, 1951, 1955
Folder 55
Photographs, 1963-1964
Folder 56
Clippings, 1940-1962, undated
Folder 57

Historical Note

The Duke University chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers was formed in 1932 as the Duke Society of Civil Engineers. The group petitioned to join the American Society of Civil Engineers as a student chapter, and in 1933 the society became known as the Duke Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The society was open to any undergraduate student interested in engineering.

The purpose of the student chapter was to further interest in the theory and practice of civil engineering. The chapter held meetings, showed movies, sponsored conferences and exhibitions, took field trips, and invited professionals to speak on campus. Meetings covered a variety of subjects including military tactics, bridges, boating, and air flow systems. The chapter's movie committee worked with industry professionals to gain access to engineering-related films. Many of these correspondences led to speakers visiting Duke University. The society has also sponsored Engineering Shows, which showcased industry design, held contests for student exhibitions, and opened laboratories for viewing projects in progress. Each fall, students took a weekend trip off campus to talk with engineering professionals and tour cutting-edge structures.

As of 2003, the Duke University chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is active in the Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School of Engineering.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • School of Engineering records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], American Society of Civil Engineers, Duke University Chapter Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The American Society of Civil Engineers, Duke University Chapter Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1973 and 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed February 2003

Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003

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