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Guide to the Divinity School Reference Collection, 1926-ongoing

Abstract

Founded in 1926 as the first of the university's graduate professional schools, the Divinity School attracts students from around the nation and several different countries. One of 13 seminaries founded and supported by the United Methodist Church, the school has from its beginnings been ecumenical in aspiration, teaching, and practice. With many diverse theological perspectives, students find common ground through immersion in Scripture and the church's tradition for addressing the challenges of faith in today's world.

Collection contains subject files relating to the Divinity School at Duke University. Some major topics include admissions, sermons, symposiums, continuing education, field education, student groups, and other topics. Video cassettes and audio cassettes are also present in the collection.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. University Archives
Title
Divinity School Reference collection 1926-ongoing
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet, 2500 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

Administration, 1925-1978
Box 1
Admissions, 1965-1977
Box 1
Alumni Affairs, 1970-1990
Box 1
Anniversaries, 60th
Box 1
Anniversaries, 95th, 2001
Box 1
Annual Report, 1991
Box 1
Balance Sheet, 1974
Box 1
Baptist House of Studies, 1990
Box 1
Bicentennial Celebration [of the North Carolina and the Western Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church], 1976
Box 1
Black Church Studies, 1973-1980
Box 1
Black Seminarians Union, 1975-1979
Box 1
Building Addition, 1962-1970 (2 folders)
Box 1
Career Opportunities, 1978
Box 1
Chapel Worship Committee, 1969; 1973
Box 1
Christian Missions Symposium, 1953-1963
Box 1
Christian Origins Symposium, 1972
Box 1
"Christianity and Social Revolution in Newly Developed Nations," 9-12 April 1964
Box 1
Classes [Class of 1934]
Box 1
Clippings, circa 1957-2001
Box 1
Commencement, 1947-1968
Box 1
Committee for Christian Social Action, 1979
Box 2
Concerned Students of Duke Divinity School, 1969; 1979
Box 2
Concilium newsletter, 1968
Box 2
Conferences and Symposiums (Misc.), 1960; 1966; 1978-1979
Box 2
Conference, “Christianity and Social Revolution in Newly Developing Nations,” April 9-12, 1964
Box 2
Continuing Education
Box 2
Continuing Education for Ministry, 1973-1977
Box 2
Convocation, Opening of Academic Year-Divinity School (Annual); not Convocation and Pastor's School, 1938; 1950-1972
Box 2
1st Convocation, clippings, 1946
Box 2
Convocations – Closing, circa 1963-2005
Box 2
Convocation and Pastor's School, 1946-Ongoing (6 folders)
Box 2
Coordinating Council for Community Life, undated; 1964-1968
Box 3
Courses of Study School, 1970-1981
Box 3
Convocation Worship, 1967, 1987
Box 3
Curriculum: D.Min program, 1974
Box 3
Curriculum: Master of Theology Program, 1959-
Box 3
Curriculum: Ministering in Context, undated
Box 3
Curriculum: Spiritual Formation
Box 3
Dean, 1947; 1960-1979
Box 3
Deans, Installation, circa 1951-1997
Box 3
Dean's Club [Address by Dr. Harvie Branscomb], 1983
Box 3
The Dean’s Letter, 1989-1991
Box 3
Divinity Choir, undated
Box 3
Divinity School Worship Book
Box 3
Educational Affairs Council, 1970-1979
Box 3
Endowment Newsletter, 1968
Box 3
Endowment and Fundraising: The Gilbert T. Rowe Scholarship Fund Plan of Campaign, 1960-1961
Box 3
Endowment and Fundraising, 1975
Box 3
Faculty Advisors, 1956
Box 3
Faculty Bulletin, 1958-1971(3 folders)
Box 4
Field Education, undated; 1969; 1973
Box 4
Financial Aid, undated
Box 4
Formal Opening, 1926
Box 4
Gay and Lesbian Issues, 2003-Ongoing (2 folders)
Box 4
History and Bibliography
Box 4
History, Account of the Naming of the Divinity School
Box 4
Intergenerational Christian Education, 1977
Box 4
Interseminary Conference, 1974
Box 4
Kearns Fellowship, 1953
Box 4
Gardner C. Taylor Preaching and Lecture Series, 1995, 2001
Box 4
Gray and Hickman Lectures
Box 4
Kenneth W. Clark Lectures
Box 4
Last Lectures Series [Thomas A. Langford], 1997
Box 4
Lecture Program, 1950-1979
Box 4
Library Lecture, 1950-1961
Box 4
Library, 1946; 1973-1975
Box 5
Jordan Loan Library, undated; 1954
Box 5
Logo, undated
Box 5
Lucretia Mott Feminist Caucus, 1976
Box 5
Operation Love, circa 1978
Box 5
Divinity School [Orientation Program], 1969
Box 5
Pastors' School, 1938; 1947-1969
Box 5
Phillips Brooks Club, undated
Box 5
Race Relations and the Divinity School, undated; 1951; 1963
Box 5
School of Religion Association, undated; 1931-1932
Box 5
Self-Study Report, 1965
Box 5
Self-Study Commission Records, 1970-1971
Box 5
Self-Study, 1970
Box 5
School Seminars, 1959-1973
Box 5
Seminar on Visiting the Homebound, Report 1965
Box 5
Seminars in Virginia and South Carolina, 1966-1967; 1973
Box 5
Service of Worship, Misc. Services, 1950-1972
Box 5
"Seven Great Universities," undated
Box 6
Society of New Testament Scholars, 1976
Box 6
The Sojourner, 1980
Box 6
Student Body Activity Report, 1939-1940
Box 6
Student Bulletin, 1964-1971
Box 6
Student Pastor Association, 1975
Box 6
Student Pastors, 1970
Box 6
Student Representative Assembly, 1969-1975
Box 6
Theta Phi
Box 6
United Methodism and American Culture, 1993
Box 6
Women’s Center
Box 6
Women's Council and Women Divinity Students, 1976-1977
Box 6
York Chapel Organ Dedication, 1953
Box 6
Clark, Kenneth W. Four decades of the Divinity School, 1967
Box 6
Daily, Daniel, Donn Michael Farris: Theological Librarian of Duke University Divinity School, 1994 [Master's paper, SILS-UNC-CH; 10 audiocassettes, duplication masters]
Box 6
Davies, Merlin C. Racial Segregation in Christian Higher Education, 1952
Box 6
Davies, Merlin C. Racial Segregation in Christian Higher Education, (Originals), 1952
Box 6
Gray, Stephen C. Crest Street Tutors: Educational Retribution for a Black Community?, 1970
Box 6
Longfield, Bradley J. Eruditio et Religio: Religion at Duke Between the World Wars, 1991, 1996
Box 6
A Witness to the Event, from The Divinity School Community, 1965
Box 6
Divinity School: Sharing a Vision, 1989 VHS cassette (11 minutes) (2 copies + DVD duplication master)
Videotape 1
Duke Divinity School: A School of the Church, A School of the University, 1995 VHS cassette + DVD duplication master
Videotape 2
Dean Dennis Campbell, Last Lecture, 18 April 1997, Audiocassette; duplication master
Audiocassette 1
Dr. Gayle Felton, Last Lecture, 7 March 1997, Audiocassette; duplication master
Audiocassette 2
Dr. Thomas Langford, Last Lecture, 11 April 1997, Audiocassette; duplication master
Audiocassette 3
Marty Smith, Interview, 16 June 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 4
Loyd, 21 June 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 5
Donn Michael Farris, Interview, 27 May 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 6
Donn Michael Farris, Interview, 6 April 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 7
Donn Michael Farris, Interview, 30 March 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 8
Donn Michael Farris, Interview, 16 March 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 9
Donn Michael Farris, Interview, 17 February 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 10
Dr. Jerry Campbell, Interview, 2 May 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 11
Dean Dennis Campbell, Interview, 25 May 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 12
Florence Blakely, Interview, 5 April 1994, Audiocassette
Audiocassette 13

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Divinity School records, 1925-2005. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Elbert Russell papers, 1893-1968. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Field Education Program records, 1926-1971. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Hilrie Shelton Smith papers, 1941-1983. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Junaluska School of Religion records, 1928-1941. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Thor Hall papers, 1961-1972. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Divinity School 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, March 2008

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, March 2008

Updated by Molly Bragg, August 2011

Accessions 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.