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Guide to the Career Center Office records, 1938-2000

Abstract

Contains the records of the Appointments Office, a career placement service for students of Duke University. The Appointments Office was later known as the Office of Placement Services and Career Development Center and is currently (2007) known as the Career Center.

This collection also contains professional correspondence, writings, and speeches of Fannie Y. Mitchell, director of the Appointments Office from 1947-1968. Types of materials include correspondence, speeches, short writings, conference presentation materials, annual reports, minutes, newsletters, fliers, clippings, and a photograph. Major subjects include Duke University students, the Appointments Office, Office of Placement Services history, Fannie Y. Mitchell, student employment, recruiting, and career guidance. Materials range in date from 1938-2000.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Career Center.
Title
Career Center Office records, 1938-2000
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.2 Linear Feet, 1,200 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Contains materials pertaining to the Appointments Office (now known as Duke Career Center) and professional papers of Fannie Y. Mitchell, director of the Appointments Office. Materials range in date from 1938-2000.

Administrative Information

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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

Correspondence, 1947-1950
Box 1
Correspondence, 1951-1961
Box 1
Correspondence, 1962-1965
Box 1
Annual reports, 1938-1943
Box 1
Annual reports, 1943-1945
Box 1
Annual reports, 1973
Box 1
Placement by state, commercial, 1948-1955
Box 1
Placement by state, commercial, 1955-1963
Box 1
Placement of women graduates, 1961-1965
Box 1
Placement in Europe (especially England), contacts, correspondence, referrals, ca. 1963-1968
Box 1
Southern Education Foundation Internship negotiations, 1966-1967
Box 1
Recruited opinions of Appointments Office interactions, 1961
Box 1
Appointments Office history, ca. 1938-1943
Box 1
Appointments Office, general notices to students, undated
Box 1
Appointments Office, budgets, 1965-1968
Box 1
Appointments Office, fliers, undated
Box 1
Short writings, Fannie Y. Mitchell, ca. 1950-1970
Box 1
Short writings, Manual for College Placement, regarding Chapter 5, "Staff", by Fannie Mitchell, undated
Box 1
Speeches, general Appointments Office, undated
Box 1
Speeches, to students, "If you think I am going to make…", undated
Box 1
Speeches, to students, "Success in seeking a job…", undated
Box 1
Speeches, to students, "I might as well tell you…", 1959
Box 1
Speeches, to students interested in doing research, undated
Box 1
Speeches, to students, salaries, undated.
Box 1
Speeches, to students, general Appointments Office, undated.
Box 1
Speeches, women in the workforce, "How could I be so presumptuous …," undated
Box 1
Speeches, women in the workforce, "Present Status of Women in Business and Profession," undated
Box 1
Speeches, women's achievement, "A club woman is a woman with a club…", undated
Box 1
Speeches, women's achievement, "This is a pleasant occasion for me…", undated
Box 1
Speeches, to engineering students, undated
Box 1
Speeches, to wives of engineering students, undated
Box 1
Speeches, men in the workplace, "What recruiters want in a man…", undated
Box 1
undated
Box 1
Speeches, "Ivy Walls to Ivory Towers," 1965.
Box 1
Speeches, to Raleigh Wake Personnel Club, 1957
Box 1
Speeches, "How the N.C. Employment Security Commission and College Placement…", undated
Box 1
Speeches, to professional bankers, undated
Box 1
Fannie Mitchell, speaking engagements at conferences, general, ca. 1950-1960
Box 1
Fannie Mitchell, speaking engagements at conferences, Duke University, 1962-1963
Box 1
Fannie Mitchell, speaking engagements at conferences, Woman's College Development Advisory Committee, 1965-1966
Box 1
Southern College Placement Association correspondence, 1952, 1960-1962
Box 1
Southern College Placement Association, correspondence, 1963
Box 1
Southern College Placement Association, correspondence, 1964
Box 1
Southern College Placement Association, correspondence, 1965-1968
Box 1
1958-1966
Box 1
College Placement Services, correspondence, 1958-1966
Box 1
College Placement Services, correspondence, 1967-1968
Box 1
College Placement Services, publications board, 1951-1955
Box 1
Clippings, 1940-1969
Box 1
Clippings, 1970-1978, undated
Box 1
Photographs, "To the Administration Belles, James T. Cleland, 1948"
Box 1
Fannie Mitchell Day flier, 1968
Box 1
Class Reports, 1991
Box 2
Annual Report, 1990-1991
Box 2
Career Center, 2000-
Box 2
Conference on Career Choices, 1993-
Box 2
Career Guide, 1991-1992
Box 2
Report on the Class of 1992 - Class Reports
Box 2

Historical Note

The Duke University Appointments Office, a student career placement service, was created around 1938. James Simpson was the first director, serving from 1938 until 1940. When he left in 1940, William Upchurch assumed the position of Director, and he remained in charge until 1942. Fannie Mitchell came to the Appointments Office in 1942 and was acting director until she assumed the full responsibilities of director in 1947. She was the first woman to hold the position of director.

The Appointments Office originally placed students in either teaching or commercial positions, but by the 1950s had expanded the scope of their placement efforts to include a variety of fields. The Appointments Office has helped students locate career leads by inviting representatives of companies to come to campus to interview students. The Appointments Office also counseled students on job searching, interviewing skills, resume writing, and compiled confidential evaluation records of student recommendations.

Fannie Mitchell was a well-connected professional in college recruiting. She relied on acquaintances in the United States and abroad to secure choice recruiters to come to campus, and to further the positive image of Duke University graduates. Mitchell participated in many Duke University conferences regarding the employability of Duke University graduates, and women's achievement in the workplace, and she also advised many academic departments on the interests of recruiters. Mitchell also served on the Woman's College Advisory Committee.

Mitchell held leadership positions in professional organizations including the Southern College Placement Association, College Placement Services, Southern Education Foundation, Western College Placement Association, Durham Business and Professional Women's Club Federation, and the State Business and Professional Women's Club Federation.

When Fannie Mitchell retired from her position in 1968, an endowment created in her honor established the Fannie Mitchell Conference on Career Choices. There is also a Fannie Mitchell student scholarship. Patricia O’Conner succeeded Fanny Mitchell becoming the director in 1968. In 1969, the office was renamed Office of Placement Services. Laurence Maskel was the director from 1988 to 1990, and in 1990 the named of the department changed to the Career Development Center. John Noble became director of the Center in 1991. The department is currently (2007) known as the Career Center.

The Career Center continues to serve all Duke University students and works with academic departments to develop industry-specific job searching strategies. As of 2003, the Career Center of Duke University is a department of the Division of Student Affairs.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Appointments Office, Annual Reports, 1945-1972 (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Fannie Yarbrough Mitchell papers, 1937-1977. (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Career Center Office records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Career Center Office records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1968, 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, March 2003

Updated by Sherrie Bowser, February 2007

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, June 2007

Accessions 68--329, 74--146, A93-29 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.