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Guide to the Chapel Reference Collection, 1933-ongoing

Collection Overview

The Chapel Reference Collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research. It includes subject files ordered alphabetically on various subjects relating to the Chapel. Some prominent subjects include: administrative history of the Chapel; the organs (Aeolian, Brombaugh, Flentrop); calendar of events; carillon; Chapel choir; sarcophagi; special services/events; weddings; and windows.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. University Archives
Title
Chapel Reference collection 1933-ongoing
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.1 Linear Feet, 2250 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

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Collection is open for research.

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

Acoustics and Duke Chapel/ Lawson, Dewey T.
Box 1
Administration
Box 1
Administrative Committee Minutes, 1956-1959
Box 1
Administrative Committee Minutes, 1964-1973
Box 1
Advent Meditations
Box 1
Aeolian Organ
Box 1
Anecdotes
Box 1
Architecture
Box 1
Attendee Survey; Newspaper Articles re: Survey(s)
Box 1
Baptism
Box 1
Broadcast of Sunday Service, undated
Box 1
Brochures and Guides (2 folders)
Box 1
Brochures and Guides (duplicates)
Box 1
Brombaugh Organ
Box 1
Calendar of Events
Box 1
Carillon
Box 1
Carillon Recital Programs, 1932-1953
Box 1
Carillonneur
Box 1
Carolina Arts Magazine: Winter 1981
Box 1
The Chapel A Great, Towering Church draft of introduction to photographic book on The Chapel by William H. Willimon ca. 1987
Box 1
Chapel Choir -- News Articles, Programs (2 folders)
Box 1
Chapel -- Children's Choir
Box 1
Chapel Choir -- China Tour, 1997 Program Video in A.V. collection
Box 1
Chapel Choir Reunion, 1988
Box 2
Chapel Choir Reunion, 1999
Box 2
Chapel Policies
Box 2
Chorale, circa 1966-2001
Box 2
Christmas
Box 2
Clippings
Box 2
A Concert in Celebration of 1999 - The Year of Music in Duke Chapel
Box 2
The Congregation at Duke Chapel
Box 2
Construction Costs as of October 31, 1932
Box 2
Construction Projects
Box 2
Crowther, Charles H. [Designer of Woodcarvings]
Box 2
Deaths, suicides
Box 2
Dedication Programs, June 2, 1935
Box 2
Development Campaign
Box 2
Duke Chapel Heartbeat [newsletter]
Box 2
Duke University Chapel, circa 1970s-1980s
Box 2
Duke University Church
Box 2
50th Anniversary Programs of the Laying of the Cornerstone
Box 2
50th Anniversary of Dedication of Chapel, June 9, 1985
Box 2
First Sunday Sermon
Box 2
First Sunrise Service
Box 2
General
Box 2
News Articles
Box 2
Dedication Programs
Box 2
Executive Committee minutes, 1977-1978
Box 2
Chapel Voices
Box 2
View From the Chapel
Box 2
Gifts to Chapel
Box 2
Gotham, Elizabeth Lucina Memorial Fund
Box 2
Guest Preachers. Duke Chapel, 1939-1944
Box 2
Hebrew Scrolls
Box 3
History
Box 3
Hostess Responsibilities
Box 3
Interior
Box 3
Lenten Meditations
Box 3
The Mary Duke Biddle Organ - Dedication on April 27, 1969
Box 3
Memorial Services, 1936-2996 (13 folders)
Box 3
Ministers
Box 3
Miscellany
Box 3
The Mission of the Chapel, by Bishop Kenneth Goodson
Box 3
Music - Director Search, 1988-1989
Box 3
Music - Original
Box 3
Paintings, prints, etc.
Box 3
Recitals, 1932-1933
Box 3
Replica of Chapel
Box 3
Chapel - Sarcophagi
Box 3
June 1932-November 1973
Box 3
December 1973-July 2000
Box 3
Sound System
Box 3
Concerts and Lectures
Box 3
Messiah Programs, 1933-
Box 3
General (2 folders)
Box 4
V-E Day Observance; Speech and program
Box 4
Rev. Robert Whitridge Estill
Box 4
Services for Election Officials
Box 4
Spire and Spirit, by Alice Phillips
Box 4
Statistical Info. And Retention Schedule, 1935-1982
Box 4
Statues
Box 4
Student Preachers
Box 4
Sunday Concert Series -- Programs, 1971-1976
Box 4
Symbols
Box 4
Tile
Box 4
Tour of Chapel -- Self-guided
Box 4
20th Anniversary Celebration, June 1, 1952
Box 4
Visitor Statistics
Box 4
Waldo Beach Hymn Competition
Box 4
General
Box 4
Same Sex Unions -- statement from Dean and newspaper clipping re: Controversy, 1995
Box 4
Same Sex Unions, 2000
Box 4
General (2 folders)
Box 4
The Windows of the Duke University Chapel, by Alice Phillips (c.3 and c. 4)
Box 4
Woodcarving/Woodwork
Box 4

Historical Note

History from the Duke Chapel website http://www.chapel.duke.edu/building/history.html

When James B. Duke selected the site for Duke University's West Campus, in 1925, he chose to locate the Chapel on the site's highest ridge. The Chapel was the first building planned for the new campus, but the last one to be completed. Construction started in 1930, was completed in 1935, and cost nearly $2.3 million. The Chapel began to be used before its stained-glass windows and other details were finished; commencement was held in the Chapel in 1932.

Although the Chapel was inspired by other buildings, including English cathedrals and the chapels of other American universities, it is not a copy of any other specific building. The architect was Julian Abele, chief designer with the Horace Trumbauer firm, of Philadelphia. America's first black architect of renown, Abele was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and in France. In addition to Duke's original West Campus, he designed the Georgian buildings on Duke's East Campus. Abele's other designs include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Harvard's Widener Library, and mansions for James B. Duke.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Building Reference collection, 1972-2004. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Chapel records, 1931-[ongoing]. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Chapel Sermons, 1954-1987 [sound recording] (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Facilities Management Department records, 1990-2006 (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Friends of Duke Chapel Records, 1973 - 1999 (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Minister to the University (Dean of the Chapel) records, 1940-1984 (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Chapel Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Chapel Reference Collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, April 2008

Uptaded by Tom Harkins, April 2010

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, April 2008

Updated by Josh Larkin Rowley, February 2011

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.