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Guide to the Counseling Center Records, 1950-1970

Abstract

The Counseling Center offered general psychological counseling to students, faculty, staff, and the Durham community, particularly in the areas of career planning and education, and personal and social development. It also provided students with information about jobs, graduate school, financial aid, foreign study, and employment. Records contain printed material relating to the Counseling Center and its predecessor, the Bureau of Testing and Guidance, including correspondence, reports, memoranda, financial statements, printed matters, and other materials. The materials range in date from 1950-1970.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Counseling Center records
Creator
Duke University. Counseling Center.
Extent
3.2 linear feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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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

Informational Materials, Publications Concerning Center, Memoranda, 1952-1972
Box 1
Folder 1
Test Bulletins, 1951-1953
Box 1
Folder 2
Placement Testing Program Interpretive Manuals, 1956-1960
Box 1
Folder 3
Occupational and Professional School Placement of the Graduating Class of 1970
Box 1
Folder 4
Foreign Language and Math Placement Testing, 1963-1964
Box 1
Folder 5
Service Bulletins, 1964-1966
Box 1
Folder 6
Staff Research Reports and Memoranda, 1951-1954
Box 1
Folder 7
Staff Research Reports and Memoranda, 1955-1958
Box 1
Folder 8
Staff Research Reports and Memoranda, 1959-1966
Box 1
Folder 9
Placement Test Examiner's Manual (Reading), 1960
Box 1
Folder 10
Binder: Annual Budgets, 1951/52-1969/70
(2 folders)
Box 1
Binder: Placement Test Performance by Major Field; Frequencies, Means, and Standard Deviations; Unit Frequencies, 1951-1952
(2 folders)
Box 1
Binder: Placement Test Performance by Major Field Groups, 1951-1953
(2 folders)
Box 1
Draft Proposal for Guidance Training Institute at Duke, 1958
Box 1
Folder 11
Placement Testing Revision, 1962
Box 1
Folder 12
Mathematics Placement Test Cumulative Scores and Analysis, 1963-1965
Box 1
Folder 13
Counseling Center Name Change, 1964
Box 1
Folder 14
Memoranda, Correspondence, Annual Report (1958-59), Case Load Survey, 1958-1960
Box 1
Folder 15
M.A. in Guidance, Announcement, Correspondence, Memoranda, Proposals, Requirements, 1954
Box 1
Folder 16
Binder: Research Reports, 1952-1965
(2 folders)
Box 1
Binder: Annual Reports, 1950/51-1959/60
(2 folders)
Box 1
Binder: Annual Survey of Placement Test Scores by School, 1951-1953
Box 1
Binder: Annual Survey of Placement Test Scores by School, 1951-1953
Box 1
Binder: Annual Reports, 1960/61-1968/69
(2 folders)
Box 1
Sample Personality, Vocational, and Educational Assesment Tests, 1930s-1940s
Box 1
Folder 17
Placement Testing Study - 10 Year, 1951-1960
Oversize-Folder 1
Bureau of Testing and Guidance Budget, 1954/55-1969/70
Oversize-Folder 2

Historical Note

Since the 1920s, various counseling services had been offered by the University in cooperation with organizations such as the "Y" and the Southern Women's Educational Alliance. The Bureau of Testing and Guidance was created in 1944 to provide educational and vocational testing services to the University and on occasion to the Durham community. The first staff members were James M. Slay, an Assistant Dean of Trinity College, assistant director Jay Ostwalt, and administrative assistant Mrs. R.E. Lee. The office offered pre-college testing of applicants, placement testing, career counseling, and aptitude testing. It underwent major reorganization in the fall of 1950.

In the 1950s, Henry Weitz became director of the Bureau, the staff was enlarged, and the program's focus was changed to emphasize counseling, with testing placed in a supporting role. In 1964, the name of the organization was changed from the Bureau of Testing and Guidance to the University Counseling Center, further accentuating the role that counseling had come to play in operations.

As its primary mission, the Counseling Center offered general psychological counseling to students, faculty, staff, and the Durham community, particularly in the areas of career planning and education, as well as personal and social development. It also provided students with information concerning jobs, graduate school, financial aid, foreign study, and employment. In 1977, the Counseling Center merged with Student Mental Health Services to form Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Counseling Center Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Counseling Center records were received by the Duke University Archives as a transfer from the Counseling Center in September 1976 and August 1977 (accession numbers UA76--153, UA77--109).

Processing Information

Processed by: Matthew Schaefer, June, 2013

Accessions described in this collection guide: UA76-153, UA77-109