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Guide to the Task Force on Commmencement Records, 1989-1990.

Summary

The Task Force on Commencement was appointed by President Brodie after the disturbances during the 1989 commencement ceremonies. It was chaired by University Secretary N. Alison Haltom, and included representatives from the undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools' student bodies, administrators, and one parent. The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, and related records concerning student behavior at the 1989 commencement, and ways of improving future ceremonies.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.03.02.0011
Title
Task Force on Commmencement records
Date
1989-1990.
Creator
Duke University. Task Force on Commencement
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 250 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, and related records concerning student behavior at the 1989 commencement, and ways of improving future ceremonies. Includes responses to surveys, letters from parents and other parties, reports concerning commencement practices at other institutions, planning documents, newspaper clipping, minutes of the Task Force, and other material. Material in the collection dates from 1989 to 1990.

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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.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Task Force on Commmencement Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letters to Dr.Brodie, RE Commencement, 1989
Box 1
Final Report- Task Force on Commencement
Box 1
Commencement Task Force Correspondence, 1989
Box 1
Commencement Task Force Correspondence, 1990
Box 1
Commencement Follow-Up
Box 1
Press Releases-Commencement Task Force
Box 1
Trinity College Hooding Ceremony
Box 1
 

Historical Note

The Task Force on Commencement was appointed by President Brodie after the disturbances during the 1989 commencement ceremonies. It was chaired by University Secretary N. Alison Haltom, and included representatives from the undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools' student bodies, administrators, and one parent. Among other things, the committee sought input from the class of 1990 through questionnaire and conducted surveys with peer institutions regarding their commencement practices. It presented its report to President Brodie in December of 1989.

Related Material

  • University Marshal Records, 1942 - 1989. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Commencement Exercises Collection. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Programs for Commencement and Graduating Exercises. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Annual Commencement. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Media Services Audio and Video Recordings, 1963 - 2005. (University Archives, Duke University.)


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Provenance

The Task Force on Commmencement Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Sally Sullivan, May 2008

Encoded by Sally Sullivan, May 2008

Accession A91-80 is described in this finding aid.