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Guide to the Duke Chapel Records, 1920-[ongoing]

Abstract

Collection contains records relating to the operations and activities of Duke Chapel and ranges in date from 1920-[ongoing].

Material includes administrative records, printed exercise programs and bulletins, transcripts of sermons, oversize material including marriage and baptismal registries, carillon and carillonneur material, miscellaneous clippings, press releases, and published material relating to Duke University and the Chapel. University Archives staff must be consulted in order to determine what material is covered by the administrative restriction.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Chapel.
Title
Duke Chapel records 1920-[ongoing]
Language of Material
English
Extent
27.0 Linear Feet, approx. 20,370 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Contains material pertaining to the operation and activities of the Duke University Chapel and ranges in date from 1920-[ongoing]. The records are arranged in six series: administrative records, carillon/carilloneur, exercise programs and bulletins, sermons, registers and logbooks, and general files.

The Administrative records contain material created and accumulated by the Chapel Development Officer as well as the records of various committees including Chapel renovation and organ. Carillon material includes program logbooks created by the University Carillonneur and a special carillon program in honor of Terry Sanford. The exercise programs series is composed of printed programs from various services and exercises held in the Chapel: Sunday Service of Worship, Elementary Service, Faculty Service, Service for Elected Officials, various recitals, and Easter, Lenten, and Christmas services. The sermons series contains transcripts of sermons performed in the Chapel by various ministers, faculty, and guests of the University including William H. Willimon, James T. Cleland, Howard C. Wilkinson, and Waldo Beach. Registers and logbooks contains oversize bound volumes documenting Chapel attendance and weddings, baptisms, and funerals held in the Chapel. General files primarily consists of reference material used by Chapel staff: informal histories, information about chapel windows and exterior sculpture, informal patron inquiries, and various printed material. Major subjects include building and grounds, organ (Flentrop and Aeolian), tower and elevator, Chapel policies, weddings, and Chapel photo albums. Also present in the collection are programs for special services held in the Chapel observing V-E and V-J Days and the Chapel's dedication ceremony in 1935.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.

For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the director of the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

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

The Administrative records contain material created and accumulated by the Chapel Development Officer as well as the records of various committees. Major subjects include Chapel Renovation Fund, Altar Guild, College of Bishops, and Chapel Renovation and Front Organ Committees.

Development Campaign, 1949-1991
Box 1
Development Campaign, 1957, 1981-1986
Box 1
Altar Guild, 1971-1982, undated
Box 1
Altar Guild, 1979-1983
Box 1
Chapel Renovation Fund, 1967-1977, 1984
Box 1
College of Bishops, 1982-1984
Box 1
Chapel Renovation Committee, organ, 1965-1976
Box 1
Front Organ Committee, 1985-1988
Box 1
Front Organ Committee, 1986-1988
Box 1
Front Organ Committee, printed material, 1988-1989
Box 1

The Chapel exercise programs and bulletins series is composed of printed programs from various services and exercises held in the Chapel: Sunday Service of Worship, Elementary Service, Faculty Service, various recitals, and Easter, Lenten, and Christmas services.

Chapel Dedication, 1935
Box 1
Service of Worship (20 folders), 1932-1955
Box 1
Service of Worship (22 folders), 1956-1977
Box 2
Service of Worship (20 folders), 1978-1996
Box 16
Service of Worship (7 folders) 2006-2009
Box 17
Service of Worship (8 folders), 1997-2004
Box 3
Service of Worship (11 folders), 2009-2010; Service of Worship and Resurrection: Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, 2012 Jan. 30
Box 29
Other than 11AM Sunday (3 folders), 1992-2002
Box 29
Recitals (other than organ), 1933-1999
Box 29
Organ Recitals (5 folders), 1932-1967
Box 29
Organ Recitals, 1968-2002, bulk 1968-1977
Box 29
Elementary Worship (2 folders), 1984-1985
Box 29
Elementary Worship, 1988-1990
Box 29
Elementary Worship, 1992
Box 29
Elementary Worship (2 folders), 1993-1995
Box 4
Elementary Worship, 1998-1999
Box 4
Bound Programs, September 1971-August 1972
Box 4

The sermons series contains transcripts of sermons performed in the Chapel by various ministers, faculty, and guests of the University. Notable speakers include William H. Willimon, James T. Cleland, Howard C. Wilkinson, and Waldo Beach.

Sermons, 1937-1941
Box 4
Sermons, 1946
Box 4
Sermons, 1947, 1949
Box 4
Sermons, 1950
Box 4
Sermons, 1952, 1955-1956
Box 4
Sermons (13 folders), 1957-1968
Box 4
Sermons (24 folders), 1969-1982
Box 5
Sermons (21 folders), 1983-2002
Box 6
Sermons, undated
Box 6

Carillon material includes program logbooks created by the Chapel carillonneur, 1966-1973 and 1982-2002. Logs from 1974-1981 are absent. Also present is a special carillon program in honor of Terry Sanford and an encapsulated program from a special Service in Observance of V-J Day, August 1945.

Recital log, 1966-1973
Box 7
Recital logs (spiral bound notebooks), 1982-2006
Box 7
Music for the Obsequies of Terry Sanford, undated
Box 7
Program for Service in Observance of V-J Day, August 1945
Box 7

Bound registers and logbooks that document Chapel attendance (a required component of student curriculum in the 1920s) as well as weddings, baptisms, and funerals held in the Chapel.

Student Chapel Attendance (2 bound logbooks), 1920-1921
Box 8
Student Chapel Attendance (3 bound logbooks), 1923-1925
Box 9
Marriage Registry, 1932-1979
Box 10
Baptismal Registry, 1933-1979
Box 10
Marriage and Baptismal Registry (microfilm), 1932-1979
Box 10
Register of Marriages, Baptisms, and Funerals, 1979-2004
Box 11
Chapel Register, Volume I, 1932-1933
Box 12
Chapel Register, Volume II, 1933-1934
Box 13
Chapel Register, Volume III, 1934-1935
Box 14

General files primarily consists of reference material used by Chapel staff: informal histories, information about chapel windows and exterior sculpture, informal patron inquiries, and various printed material including bound publications, informational brochures, periodicals, and newspaper clippings. Also included in this series are Chapel photo albums. Major subjects include building and grounds, organ (Flentrop and Aeolian), tower and elevator, weddings, and Chapel policies.

Buildings and Grounds, 1997-2001
Box 15
Organs, Aeolian Holtkamp, 1977-1981, 1996
Box 15
Organs, Flentrop, 1976-1981
Box 15
Statistics, 1966-1983, 1991-1992
Box 15
Chapel Policies, 2000, undated
Box 15
Christmas, 1996-2000
Box 15
Elevator and Tower, 1996-1999, undated
Box 15
Duke Information, 1933-2003, undated
Box 15
Duke Information, Duke Endowment (bound), undated
Box 15
Cathedrals and Chapels, undated
Box 15
Duke Police, (tower/tourists/keys), 1998
Box 15
Flowers, 1997-2001
Box 15
Kilgo, Bishop J.C., undated
Box 15
Borrowed equipment log, 1975-1992
Box 15
Newspaper clippings, 1966-1985
Box 15
Newspaper clippings, 1990-1997
Box 15
Newspaper clippings, 1998-1999
Box 15
Newspaper clippings, 2000-2003, undated
Box 15
Newsletters, 1998-2004
Box 15
Service programs, 1945-2002
Box 15
Magazines, 1994, 1998, undated
Box 15
Informational booklets (2 folders), undated
Box 15
Miscellaneous
Box 15
"Stones, Bricks, and Faces," by Marguerite Schumann, 1976
Box 15
"Spire and Spirit," by Alice Phillips, 1974
Box 15
"The Architecture of Duke University," by William Blackburn, 1946
Box 15
"The Windows of the Chapel," by Alice Phillips, undated
Box 15
"The Flentrop Organ Dedicated in Memory of Benjamin N. Duke," 1976
Box 15
Miscellaneous reference, 1964-1980, 1992-2004
Box 15
Miscellaneous reference, undated
Box 15
Copies, 1989-2007
Box 18
Miscellaneous Duke Information, 2004-2009, undated
Box 18
The Architecture of Duke University, 1946
Box 18
Christmas Miscellaneous, 1998-2007, undated
Box 18
Christmas, 2001
Box 18
Christmas, 2003
Box 18
Christmas, 2004
Box 18
Miscellaneous Chapel Information, 1993-2009
Box 18
Old Wedding Information (2 folders), 1970-1996, undated
Box 18
Weddings Miscellaneous, 2005-2007, undated
Box 18
Wedding Booklets (2 folders), 1995-2005, undated
Box 18
Seventy Five Years of Weddings, 2008
Box 18
Clippings, 1980-2007, undated
Box 18
Album, 1933-1959
Box 19
Album, 1960-1979
Box 20
Album, 1980-1999
Box 21
Album, 2000-2006
Box 22
Album, 2007-2008
Box 23

General files primarily consists of correspondence and documentation pertaining to Chapel ministers and committees.

Brueggemann, Dr. Walter
Box 24
Coakley, Sarah
Box 24
Copeland, Jennifer
Box 24
Davis, Ellen
Box 24
Ferree, Rev. Nancy
Box 24
Finnin, The Rev. Dr. Will
Box 24
Forbes, Rev. Dr. James A.
Box 24
Gilbert, The Rev. Dr. Paula E.
Box 24
Gomes, The Rev. Dr. Peter (2 Folders)
Box 24
Harvard, Rev. Joseph III
Box 24
Hays, Professor Richard B.
Box 24
Hillerbrand, The Rev. Dr. Hans
Box 24
Hodges_Copple, Ann
Box 24
Howell, James C.
Box 24
Jenkins, David O. (Oli)
Box 24
Jones, Bishop L. Bevel
Box 24
Jones, The Rev. Susan
Box 24
Jones, Gregory
Box 24
Kammerer, Charlene
Box 24
Langford, Andrew
Box 24
Lawrence, The Rev. William B.
Box 24
Lischer, Dr. Richard (2 Folders)
Box 24
Long, The Rev. Dr. Thomas G.
Box 24
Lundblad, The Reverend Barbara
Box 24
Myers, Ched
Box 24
Noren, Carol Marie
Box 24
Proctor, The Rev. Dr. Samuel D.
Box 24
Quash, Ben
Box 24
Quick, Dr. William
Box 24
Reifsnyder, Richard
Box 24
Rutledge, The Rev. Fleming
Box 24
Sager, Rabbi Steven
Box 24
Salmon-Campbell, The Reverend Joan
Box 24
Seamans, Mrs. Mary
Box 24
Smith, Charles M.
Box 24
Smith, The Rev. Dr. D. Moody
Box 24
Stockton, Thomas B.
Box 24
Storey, Peter J.
Box 24
Taylor, The Rev. Barbara B.
Box 24
Taylor, Rev. Dr. Gardner
Box 24
Turner, William C.
Box 24
Walrond, The Rev. Michael
Box 24
Ward, Hope Morgan
Box 24
Warlick, The Rev. Dr. Harold
Box 24
Warner, Lacey
Box 24
Willimon, Reverend William
Box 24
Wilson, Gerald
Box 24
Young, Frances (2 Folders)
Box 24
Zondervan
Box 24
Photos: Sam
Box 24
Campus Culture Initiative
Box 24
University History and Talks
Box 24
Baccalaureate Details, 2006
Box 24
Internet Working Group, 2007
Box 24
Dean's Course, 2009
Box 24
Center for Reconcilliation
Box 24
Kenan Institute, 2005-2010
Box 24
Race Relations Subcommittee, 2006
Box 24
Jones, Greg, circa 2006
Box 24
Visitor Statistics, 1995-2005
Box 24
Campus Life and Learning Project Report, 2006
Box 25
Misc Minutes, Correspondence, and Documentation (4 Folders)
Box 25
Misc Minutes, Correspondence, and Documentation (2 Folders)
Box 26
Linens and Alter Pieces
Box 26
Scrapbook Clippings and Misc
Box 26
Stations of the Cross Programs
Box 26
Dean Weiss Recommendations, 2005
Box 26
Same Sex Unions Documentation
Box 26
75th Anniversary of Weddings, 2008
Box 26
1987 Jan.-Dec. (except April, May)
Box 27
1988 Jan.-Dec.
Box 27
1989 Jan.-Dec. (except Aug.)
Box 27
1990 Jan.-Dec. (except Feb.)
Box 27
1991 Jan.-Dec. (except Sept.)
Box 27
1992 Jan.-Dec. (except Feb., May)
Box 27
1993 Jan.-Dec.
Box 27
1994 Jan.-Dec. (except Feb.)
Box 27
1995 Jan.-Dec.
Box 27
1996 Jan.-Dec.
Box 27
1997 Jan.-Dec.
Box 27
1998 Jan.-Dec.
Box 27
1999 Jan.-Dec.
Box 27
2000 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2001 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2002 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2003 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2004 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2005 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2006 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2007 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2008 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2009 Jan.-Dec.
Box 28
2010 Jan.-July
Box 28

Historical Note

History adopted from Duke Chapel website: http://www.chapel.duke.edu/home/.

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. The Chapel was officially dedicated in 1935.

The Chapel fulfills James B. Duke's desire that the building exert a profound influence on the lives of the young women and men who attend the University. Duke Chapel is a nationally recognized pulpit, an acclaimed center of sacred music, and a place of learning and interfaith cooperation. Duke University Chapel's ever-widening ministry includes worship through prayer, word, and music; service within the University and community; celebration through concerts, special services, and festivals; and learning seminars, study groups, and retreats. The day-to-day ministry of the Chapel is shared with a wide and diverse community: students, faculty, staff, and the community; tourists and travelers; and patients, their families, and caregivers. Chapel life encompasses a variety of groups including Religious Life, Friends of the Chapel, Congregation, and Student Ministry. Duke Chapel is also the site of various concerts, voice and organ recitals, choir and carillon programs, and vesper ensembles.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Chapel Reference Collection, 1933-ongoing (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Friends of Duke Chapel Records, 1973-1999 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Minister to the University (Dean of the Chapel) Records, 1940-1984 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Chapel Sermons, 1954-2002 [sound recording] (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Paul S. Robinson Papers, 1932-1941 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • James T. Cleland Papers, 1928-1975 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Duke Memorial Records, 1929-1936 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Horace Trumbauer Architectural Drawings Collection, 1924-1958 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Waldo Beach Papers, 1949-1986 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Facilities Management Department Records, 1990-2006 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Duke Chapel Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer between 1948-2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua Larkin Rowley, November 2008

Encoded by Joshua Larkin Rowley, November 2008

Updated by Rosemary K. J. Davis, May 2012

Updated by Kimberly Sims, May 2013

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.