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Preliminary Guide to the Duke Memorial Records, 1929 - 1936

Abstract

The Duke Memorial was formed in 1929 to honor Washington, Benjamin N., and James B. Duke. The group worked on several projects, including building the Memorial Chapel in Duke Chapel, financing the purchase of Duke Homestead, and building a statue of James B. Duke. The collection consists mainly of financial documents, as well as general correspondence, minutes, and proposals and suggestions. Major topics include the construction of Memorial Chapel and the sarcophagi within, the purchase of Duke Homestead, and the financing of the James B. Duke Statue. Major correspondents include James A. Thomas, W. W. Flowers, and Alex H. Sands.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Duke Memorial records, 1929 - 1936
Creator
Duke Memorial.
Extent
4 Linear Feet , 4000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The materials within the collection are mainly financial documents, including bank statements, bank reports, bank correspondence, deposit records, account books, check registers, audit reports, and subscriber and sponsor lists and amounts donated. Other materials include general correspondence, minutes, and proposals and suggestions. The main topics within the collection are the raising and disbursement of funds for the Memorial projects, foremost of which was the construction of Memorial Chapel. Major correspondents include James A. Thomas, W. W. Flowers, and Alex H. Sands.

Administrative Information

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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

Audits
Box 1
Audit Report and Certificate [Oversized]
Box 1
1929
Box 1
1930
Box 1
1931-1932
Box 1
1933-1936
Box 1
Guaranty Trust Co.
Box 1
Bank Deposits, Guaranty Trust Company, 1929-1930
Box 1
Bank Deposits, Guaranty Trust Company
Box 1
Bank Statements [Oversized]
Box 1
Bronze Books
Box 1
Check Register
Box 1
Clippings
Box 1
Constitution and By-Laws
Box 1
Deposit Book
Box 1
Duke Homestead, 1929-1936
Box 1
File 19D [Correspondence re: finances]
Box 1
Executive Committee Reports [and Correspondence]
Box 1
Fund-Raising Proposals
Box 1
General Letters
Box 1
Lists of Sponsors
Box 1
Memoranda, Sketches, Interviews
Box 1
[Memorial Campaign Planning Materials]
Box 1
Minutes
Box 1
Miscellaneous [Correspondence], 1929
Box 1
Miscellaneous [Correspondence], 1930-1935
Box 1
Miscellaneous [Correspondence], January 1936-October 1936
Box 2
A-F
Box 2
G-P
Box 2
Q-Y
Box 2
Sponsors - Refusals
Box 2
Statements [Financial]
Box 2
Duke Power Company, May 1929-October 1930
Box 2
Duke Power Company, 1931-1936
Box 2
Duke University
Box 2
January 1929-June 1929
Box 2
July 1929-December 1929
Box 2
1930
Box 2
1931-1936
Box 2
Piedmont and Northern Railway Company
Box 2
Southern Public Utilities Company
Box 2
Subscriptions - Southern Public Utilities Company
Box 2
Suggestions and Estimates for Memorial
Box 2
Audit Report and Certificate
Box 3
Bank Statements
Box 3
Financial Record Books
[2 volumes]
Box 3

Historical Note

The Duke Memorial was formed in 1929 to establish a permanent memorial to Washington, James B., and Benjamin N. Duke. Among the projects undertaken by the group were the building of the Memorial Chapel in Duke Chapel, the installation of sarcophagi within Memorial Chapel, the Duke Homestead, and the building of the James B. Duke statue. James A. Thomas appears to have been the moving force behind the formation of the group. From 1929 to the early 1930s, many in North Carolina and across the nation donated money to the Memorial, and became "sponsors" or "subscribers" to the cause. By 1936, the Memorial's main goals had been accomplished, and the Executive Committee reorganized the Memorial as a perpetual trust " to keep in the minds of the public the needs, both financial and otherwise, of Duke University . . ." (Minutes, April 22, 1936).

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Duke Memorial Records was received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1957 (A56-390).

Processing Information

Processed by University Archives Staff

Completed 1973; 2003

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, July 30, 2003

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.