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Guide to the Roberta Florence Brinkley papers, 1933-1962

Abstract

Educator and administrator Roberta Florence Brinkley was professor of English and Dean of the Woman's College at Duke University from 1947 until 1962.

Collection contains manuscript materials, correspondence, class notes, memoranda, and other papers. The bulk consists of notes, drafts and a typescript of the unpublished Milton's Poems Adapted for Music, and related materials on the relationship of music and other arts, including the various versions and adaptations of Paradise Lost.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Brinkley, Roberta Florence, 1893-1967.
Title
Roberta Florence Brinkley papers 1933-1962
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.7 Linear Feet, 1,750 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains manuscript materials, correspondence, class notes, memoranda, and other papers. The bulk consists of notes, drafts and a typescript of the unpublished Milton's Poems Adapted for Music, and related materials on the relationship of music and other arts, including the various versions and adaptations of Paradise Lost. The remaining papers consist of notes for Dr. Brinkley's classes on English poetry, a typescript, memos, and correspondence concerning her activities with Duke University Church, and materials concerning art development at Duke. A copy of her eulogy, written by Dean Ellen Gobbel and Miriam Warren was added to the collection.

The manuscript of Milton's Poems Adapted for Music is on loan and is available for consultation but cannot be released without the permission of S.G. Brinkley.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Cards for Class Lectures
Box 1
Correspondence, 1958-1962
Box 1
Bibliography
Box 1
Cantatas
Box 1
Comus Adaptations
Box 1
Comus and Arcades: Bibliography and comments
Box 1
Conclusion (revised)
Box 1
Copies of May Morning
Box 1
Creation
Box 1
Dryden, Stillingfleet, Arnold, and Jago
Box 1
Introduction (revised)
Box 1
L'Allegro and Il Penseroso: Miscellaneous material
Box 1
L'Allegro and Il Penseroso: Reviews and criticism
Box 1
Lycidas
Box 1
Musical Times
Box 1
Nativity Ode
Box 1
Introduction and Conclusion (old and new versions)
Box 1
Originals for Psalms
Box 1
Originals: L'Allegro and Il Penseroso
Box 1
Original: Handel's The Occasional Oratorio
Box 1
Other Early Poems
Box 1
Paradise Lost: 19th and 20th Centuries
Box 2
[Untitled folder]
Box 2
Prose
Box 2
References for Psalms: Wesley
Box 2
Samson - Handel
Box 2
Samson write-ups
Box 2
Short Units of Paradise Lost
Box 2
Sixth Nightingale
Box 2
Songs - Arcades and Comus
Box 2
Sweet is the Breath and other shorter selections
Box 2
Spicers - The Student's Manuscript Music Book
Box 2
Art Development at Duke, 1936-1959
Box 3
Duke University Church, 1947-1953
Box 3
Brinkley, R. Florence, Papers AAUW, Eulogy, Oct. 9, 1967
Box 3
Brinkley, R. Florence, The Woman's College typescript, 1957
Box 3
Brinkley, R. Florence, Milton's Poem Adapted for Music, manuscript, (2 folders) [RESTRICTED]
Box 3

Historical Note

Educator and administrator Roberta Florence Brinkley was professor of English and Dean of the Woman's College at Duke University from 1947 until 1962. She was born in Augusta, Georgia, educated at Agnes Scott College (A.B., 1914), Peabody College for Teachers (M.A., 1919), and received her Ph.D. from Yale in 1924. Her area of study was English literature of the 17th century. She taught at Goucher College from 1924 to 1947, serving as chair of the English Department from 1945-1947. In 1947, she came to Duke to succeed Alice Mary Baldwin as Dean of the Woman's College and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1962. She wrote or edited five books and was active in a number of scholarly societies.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Biographical Reference Collection, 1972-2004. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Ellen Huckabee Gobbel Papers, 1924-1979. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Photograph Collection, 1861-2006. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Woman's College records, 1928-1974. (University Archives. Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Roberta Florence Brinkley Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Roberta Florence Brinkley papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1962, 1967, 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accessions 62-578, 67-317, 67-318, 83-25 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.