Guide to the Baldwin Federation Records, 1971 - 1985
The Baldwin Federation was an undergraduate organization which united Alspaugh, Bassett, Brown and Pegram Residence Halls on the East Campus of Duke University from around 1971 to the early 1980s. Records contain minutes, constitutions, reports, ballots, correspondence, fliers, newsletters, a survey, a pamphlet, printed materials, photographs, and clippings. Major subjects include student life at Duke University, dormitories, residence and education, college freshmen, and the Joe Baldwin festival. Materials range in date from 1971 to 1985.
- Baldwin Federation Records, 1971 - 1985.
- Duke University. Baldwin Federation.
- 2.2 Linear Feet, , 2,200 Items
- University Archives, Duke University
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Contains materials pertaining to the Baldwin Federation at Duke University from 1971-1983.
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The Baldwin Federation was composed of Alspaugh, Bassett, Pegram and Brown Residence Halls on Duke University's East Campus and was active from about 1971 until the early 1980s. Federation members established small special interest groups, hosted "Joe Baldwin" events, arranged concerts, and performed many one-act and full-length plays. Their residential education program featured several credit courses on subjects concerning twentieth-century American literature, sexuality, health care, and student relationships.
Three other Federations existed on campus around the early 1970s to the early 1980s: the Edens, Few, and Kilgo Federations. For the first time, independent living groups in several of the quadrangles on East and West campuses banded together to form college-type communities within the university setting. Faculty endorsed federations for their potential to help students realize their personal educational goals. Students supported federations because they provided a wider base for friendships and a variety of opportunities for involvement. A federation supplemented the on-campus living experience with a variety of house courses, occasional educational programs, festivals, dances, and parties. Each federation was headed by faculty who were responsible for organizing new programs, guiding governance of the federation structure, and facilitating partnerships among living groups.
In the early 1980s, federations were abolished in order to improve balance between men and women, and between selective and independent living groups on campus. While individual living groups were chartered and occasionally dissolved, the system of selective living, within the parameters of a program of residential living groups within residence halls, remained intact.
- College freshmen--North Carolina--Durham.
- College students--Housing.
- Duke University. Alspaugh Residence Hall.
- Duke University. Baldwin Federation.
- Duke University. Bassett Residence Hall.
- Duke University. Brown Residence Hall.
- Duke University. Pegram Residence Hall.
- Duke University--Students.
- Duke University--Students--Social conditions.
- Dormitories--North Carolina--Durham.
- Residence and education.
- Student housing--North Carolina--Durham.
- Association of Independent Houses records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
- Alspaugh Residence Hall Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
- Bassett Residence Hall Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
- Brown Residence Hall Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
- Pegram Residence Hall Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
[Identification of item], Baldwin Federation Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Baldwin Federation Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1975 and 1986.
Processed by Emily Glenn
Completed January 2003
Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003
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