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Guide to the Duke University Press Records, 1812-1991

Abstract

Duke University Press publishes both scholarly books and journals, primarily in the humanities and social sciences. In its early years, preference was given to works published by faculty, graduate students and alumni and to works focused on southern states.

The records of Duke University Press span from 1812-1991 and consist of correspondence, annual catalogs, advertisements, annual reports, Board minutes, contracts and agreements, book and journal reviews, financial records and facsimiles of the Carlyle letters.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University Press.
Title
Duke University Press records 1812-1991
Language of Material
English
Extent
14.7 Linear Feet, approximately 10,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The records are arranged in the following series: Director's files, Editorial Advisory Board, Editorial files, Author files, Subject files, Financial records, Catalogs, the Association of American University Presses and the Carlyle Letters. The collection consists of correspondence, annual catalogs, advertisements, Board minutes, annual reports, contracts and agreements, book and journal reviews, financial records and facsimiles of the Carlyle letters. The material ranges in date from 1812-1991.

Administrative Information

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For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from 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.

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

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

This series consists primarily of the Director's correspondence. Unlike other series, the Director's files are arranged by accession due primarily to the presence of two very different periods of time.

Accession A56-699 contains correspondence from 1932-1957, covering the tenures of J. Fred Rippy (1930-1936) and Henry Dwire (1936-1944), and W. T. Laprade (1944-1951). Both Dwire and Laprade were named Acting Director while also serving as Editor of the South Atlantic Quarterly, a journal published by the Press. The correspondence for this period covers both the Press and the SAQ. Overall, the correspondence focuses primarily on getting books to press and requests to publish books/articles. Correspondents include Clement Eaton, J. B. Rhine, and Daniel C. Roper. Of particular interest is the correspondence during the 1940s, showing how the Press handled the cutbacks and financial burdens of the war years.

Accession A93-54 contains subject files during the 1980s. Subjects include American Literature journal, budget, staff memos, and Friends of the Press.

Director's Files, 1932-1936
Box 1
Director's Files, 1937
Box 1
Director's Files, 1938
Box 1
Director's Files, 1939
Box 1
Director's Files, 1940 January-July
Box 1
Director's Files, 1940 August-December
Box 1
Director's Files, 1941 January-July
Box 1
Director's Files, 1941 August-December
Box 1
Director's Files, 1942 January-April
Box 1
Director's Files, 1942 May-August
Box 1
Director's Files, 1942 September-December
Box 1
Director's Files, 1943 January-June
Box 1
Director's Files, 1943 July-December
Box 1
Director's Files, 1943-1948 (Folklore Collection)
Box 1
Director's Files, 1944 January-June
Box 1
Director's Files, 1944 July-December
Box 1
Director's Files, 1945
Box 1
Director's Files, 1946
Box 1
Director's Files, 1947 January-May
Box 2
Director's Files, 1947 June-December
Box 2
Director's Files, 1948
Box 2
Director's Files, 1949
Box 2
Director's Files, 1950 January-June
Box 2
Director's Files, 1950 July-December
Box 2
Director's Files, 1951 January-June
Box 2
Director's Files, 1951 July-December
Box 2
Director's Files, 1952 January-June
Box 2
Director's Files, 1952 July-December
Box 2
Director's Files, 1953 January-June
Box 2
Director's Files, 1953 July-December
Box 2
Director's Files, 1954 January-June
Box 2
Director's Files, 1954 July-December
Box 2
Director's Files, 1955 January-June
Box 2
Director's Files, 1955 July-December
Box 2
Director's Files, 1956 January-June
Box 2
Director's Files, 1956 July-December
Box 2
Director's Files, 1957 January-September
Box 2
Director's Files, undated
Box 2
Director's Files, 1941-1942 (Reports/Contracts)
Box 2
Director's Files, American Literature, 1986-1988
Box 3
Director's Files, Budget, 1983
Box 3
Director's Files, Budget Review Meeting w/ University Officers, 20 March 1986
Box 3
Director's Files, Committee on the Future of the South Atlantic Quarterly
Box 3
Director's Files, In-house Computers, 1984
Box 3
Director's Files, Meeting w/ Dick Stubbing, 1985
Box 3
Director's Files, Report to the Chancellor, 1978
Box 3
Director's Files, Special Projects Request, 1986
Box 3
Director's Files, Staff memos, 1981-1984
Box 3
Director's Files, Joanne Ferguson, 1984-1989
Box 3
Director's Files, Susan Kuc, 1983-1984
Box 3
Director's Files, John Menapace, 1981-1984
Box 3
Director's Files, Jim Roberts, 1985-1988
Box 3
Director's Files, Daniel J.J. Ross, 1984-1989
Box 3
Welty, Eudora
Box 3
Friends of the Press, 1989
Box 3
Friends of the Press, i.e. Board of Visitors, Editorial Advisory Board, 1989
Box 3
Friends of the Press, 1989-1990
Box 3

Records included in this series are minutes, correspondence and subject files of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Press. The Board was established by an action of the University Trustees in 1926. Original responsibilities included selecting the Director, approving budgets, giving final approval on manuscripts, advising on staffing, establishing policies, and supervising periodical publications.

Some discrepancies on the exact title of the Board can be seen throughout this series. The Board was established as the Editorial and Administrative Board and is also referred to as the Duke Press Board. Moreover, the Board has also been considered a standing University committee.

Editorial Advisory Board, 1944-1953
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1954-1955 Spring
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1955 October-1956 Spring
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1956 December-1957 Spring
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1957 October 1, Meeting
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1958 February-May
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1958 October-November
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1959 March-1960 December
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1971 May-1974 June
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1980 March 19-1987 March 23
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1987 April 27-1989 November 27
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, 1984-1989 (Duplicates)
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, Chairman's Files, 1960-1962
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, Chairman's Files, 1962-1963
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, Chairman's Files, 1962-1964
Box 3
Editorial Advisory Board, Chairman's Files, 1964-1966
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, Chairman's Files, 1963-1965
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, Chairman's Files, 1965
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, Correspondence, 1952-1957
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, Correspondence, 1970-1974
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, circa 1939-1952
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, 1950-1961
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, Retreat, 1985 February 9
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, South Atlantic Quarterly Correspondence, 1985
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, Special Meetings, 1987-1988
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, 1987
Box 4
Editorial Advisory Board, 1991
Box 4

Primarily correspondence between Duke Press editors and authors of books or journal articles. The folders are arranged alphabetically by author's last name or by journal/article title. This series reflects day-to-day operations of the Press. The correspondence with authors concerns topics related to seeing the book through publication such as content, editorial style, financial issues (includes some contracts), photos and indexes. Of particular note are the correspondence of the Hispanic American Historical Review, a folder detailing the origins of the publication of the Ecological Monographs journal at Duke and correspondence between the Press and editors of Frank C. Brown's Folklore Collection.

Blackburn, William B., 1944-1945 (One and Twenty)
Box 4
Cahoon, John B., 1940-1967 (Formulating X-Ray Technics)
Box 4
Davis, Helen Miller, 1950-1952 (Constitutions, Treaties, Electoral Laws of States in the Near and Middle East)
Box 4
DeConde, Alexander, 1956-1958 (Isolation and Security)
Box 4
DeConde, Alexander, 1956-1967 (Entangling Alliances and The Secretary of State)
Box 4
Durden, Robert F., 1953-1975 (James Shepherd Pike: Republicanism and the American Negro, 1850-1882)
Box 4
Durden, Robert F., 1960-1962 (Reconstruction Bonds and 20th Century Politics: SD v NC)
Box 4
Hendricks, W.C., 1943-1944 (Bundle of Troubles and Other Tarheel Tales)
Box 4
Hubbell, Jay B., 1952-1959 (The South in American Literature)
Box 4
American Literature (journal), 1950-1958, Hubbell and Gohdes, eds.
Box 4
American Literature (journal), 1954-1968, C. Gohdes, ed.
Box 4
Ecological Monographs (journal), 1928-1959
Box 4
Ecology (journal), 1947-1963
Box 4
Hispanic American Historical Review (journal), 1953-1954, C. Griffin, ed.
Box 4
Hispanic American Historical Review (journal), 1954, L. Hanke, ed.
Box 5
Hispanic American Historical Review (journal), 1955, L. Hanke, ed.
Box 5
Hispanic American Historical Review (journal), 1956-1960, L. Hanke, ed.
Box 5
Hispanic American Historical Review (journal), 1956-1963, L. Hanke and D. Worcester, eds.
Box 5
Southern Association Quarterly (journal), 1947-1949
Box 5
Kuznets, Moore and Spengler, 1955-1963 (Economic Growth: Brazil, India, Japan)
Box 5
Leary, Lewis, 1946-1955 (Articles on American Literature)
Box 5
Leary, Lewis, 1950-1951 (The Literary Career of Nathaniel Tucker)
Box 5
Macdonald, Allan Houston, 1955-1972 (Richard Hovey, Man and Craftsman)
Box 5
Mansergh, Nicholas, 1958 (Commonwealth Perspectives)
Box 5
Tilley, Nannie M., 1947 (Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Duke University Library)
Box 5
White, Newman I., 1947-1951 (Frank C. Brown's Folklore)
Box 5
White, Newman I., circa 1951-1952 (Frank C. Brown's Folklore)
Box 5
White, Newman I., circa 1952-1957 folder one (Frank C. Brown's Folklore)
Box 5
White, Newman I., circa 1952-1957 folder two (Frank C. Brown's Folklore)
Box 5
Woodress, James L., 1952-1957 (Dissertations on American Literature/Howells and Italy)
Box 5
Inquiries/Surveys, 1946-1947
Box 5
Inquiries/Surveys, 1948-1949
Box 5
Monthly Book Sale reports, 1952-1958
Box 5
Monthly Book Sale reports, 1959-1961
Box 5
Reports (including Annual Reports), 1932-1950
Box 5
Correspondence w/ Seeman Printery Inc., 1946-1949
Box 5

This series consists of correspondence with authors and publicity material related to the publication of individual books. Includes reviews, requests for review copies, lists of who should receive review copies, and correspondence with authors regarding publicity efforts. Mainly correspondence of the publicity director.

Acomb, Frances, 1948-1950 (Anglophobia in France, 1763-1789)
Box 6
Bevington, Merle, 1952-1953 (Matthew Arnold's England and the Italian Question)
Box 6
Blackburn, William, 1945-1952 (One and Twenty)
Box 6
Blackburn, William, 1958-1959 (Joseph Conrad)
Box 6
Blomquist, Hugo L., 1948-1950 (A Manual of the Grasses of North Carolina)
Box 6
Boyd, William Kenneth, 1939-1951 (Historical Papers of Trinity College Historical Society)
Box 6
Bradway, John S., 1945-1955 (Duke Legal Aid Clinic Handbook)
Box 6
Brinkley, R. Florence, 1955-1957 (Coleridge on the 17th Century)
Box 6
Cahoon, John B., 1957-1965 (Formulating X-Ray Technics)
Box 6
Cartwright, W.H. and W.B. Hamilton, 1953 (Duke Centennial Conference On Teacher Training)
Box 6
Chaffin, Nora B., 1947-1962 (Trinity College)
Box 6
Clyde, Paul Hibbert, 1940-1942 (U.S. Policy Toward China)
Box 6
Cole, Taylor, 1949-1952 (The Canadian Bureaucracy)
Box 6
Crowell, John Franklin, 1938-1939 (Personal Recollections)
Box 6
Davis, Thomas B., 1953-1955 (Carlos De Alvear)
Box 6
Dowd, Jerome, 1938-1939 (Life of Braxton Craven)
Box 6
Elliott, George Roy, 1951-1952 (Scourge and Minister)
Box 6
Elliott, George Roy, 1952-1956 (Flaming Minister)
Box 6
Ellwood, Charles A., 1933-1939 (Methods in Sociology)
Box 6
Gohdes, Clarence and R.G. Silver, 1948-1950 folder one (Faint Clews and Indirections)
Box 6
Gohdes, Clarence and R.G. Silver, 1948-1950 folder two (Faint Clews and Indirections), (Material for Circular and Jacket)
Box 6
Hamilton, William B., 1952-1953 (50 Years of South Atlantic Quarterly)
Box 6
Hamilton, William B., 1954-1955 (Anglo-American Law on the Frontier)
Box 6
Hendricks, W.C., 1944-1945 (Bundle of Troubles)
Box 6
Hubbell, Jay, 1941-1955 (The South in American Literature)
Box 6
Judd, C.H. and others, 1939-1941 (A Century of Social Thought)
Box 6
Lemkin, Raphael and McDermott, 1939-1940 (Polish Penal Code of 1932)
Box 6
Lobonov-Rostovsky, Andrew, 1943-1950 (Russia and Europe)
Box 6
London, Fritz, 1958 (Superfluids)
Box 6
Mabry, William A., 1940-1943 (The Negro in North Carolina Politics Since Reconstruction)
Box 6
McDougall, William, 1935-1937 (Religion and the Sciences of Life)
Box 6
Parker, Harold T., 1943-1946 (Three Napoleonic Battles)
Box 6
Pearse, A.S., 1937-1941 (Migrations of Animals from Sea to Land)
Box 6
Robert, Joseph Clark, 1938-1939 (The Tobacco Kingdom)
Box 6
Roper, Daniel C., 1941-1943 (50 Years of Public Life)
Box 6
Sydnor, Charles S., 1938-1940 (Gentleman of the Old Natchez Region)
Box 6
Tilley, Nannie, 1944-1948 (Guide to Manuscript Collections in the Duke University Library)
Box 6
White, Newman I., and others, 1951-1955 (Frank C. Brown's Folklore)
Box 6
Miscellaneous, 1949-1956
Box 6

Arranged alphabetically by subject, this series includes advertisements for publications, annual reports and correspondence from Ashbel Brice to President Knight, agendas, correspondence, and memoranda for meetings of the Southern University Presses.

Also included is correspondence showing how inquiries about manuscript publication was handled during the 1940s and 1950s. There are also files on manuscripts possible, mansucripts unlikely, manuscripts rejected, and permission to quote from articles or books. This material has been sampled and around 20% retained.

Activities/Reports, 1961-1962
Box 7
Advertisements, circa 1963-1964 (A-R)
Box 7
Advertisements, circa 1963-1964 (S-Z)
Box 7
Lilly Endowment Research Series advertisements, circa 1964-1965
Box 7
American Book Publishers Council, Inc., 1961-1968
Box 7
Congressional Research Service (A. Brice), 1971-1975
Box 7
Law and Contemporary Problems, 1976
Box 7
Manuscript Inquiries, 1945-1947 (sample)
Box 7
Manuscript Inquiries, 1946-1947
Box 7
Manuscript Inquiries, 1947-1949 (sample)
Box 7
Manuscripts possible, 1951-1956 (sample)
Box 7
Manuscripts received in office, 1945-1947 (sample)
Box 7
Manuscripts received, 1952-1954 (sample)
Box 7
Manuscripts rejected, 1942-1943 (sample)
Box 7
Manuscripts rejected, 1953-1956 (sample)
Box 7
Manuscripts unlikely, 1952-1956 (sample)
Box 7
Miscellaneous subjects (identified), 1968-1974
Box 7
Miscellaneous subjects, 1974-1975
Box 7
Permissions (to quote, etc.), 1953-1956 (sample)
Box 7
Reports, correspondence- Brice to President Knight, 1963-1969 (folder 1)
Box 7
Reports, correspondence- Brice to President Knight, 1963-1969 (folder 2)
Box 7
Southern University Presses- meetings, 1971-1972
Box 7
Southern University Presses- meetings, 1968-1970
Box 7

This series includes detailed financial information, primarily annual reports, showing income and expenses for a given fiscal year. The material is often broken down between books and journals and occasionally documents how well individual books did also.

Financial Records, 1951-1952
Box 7
Financial Records, 1953-1954
Box 7
Financial Records, 1954-1955
Box 7
Financial Records, 1955-1956
Box 7
Financial Records, 1956-1957
Box 7
Financial Records, 1957-1958
Box 7
Financial Records, 1958-1959
Box 7
Financial Records, 1959-1960
Box 7
Financial Records, 1960-1961
Box 7
Financial Records, 1961-1962
Box 7
Financial Records, 1962-1963
Box 7
Financial Records, 1963-1964
Box 7
Financial Records, 1964-1965 (yearly book sales report)
Box 7
Financial Records, 1956-1966(yearly book sales report)
Box 7
Financial Records, 1966-1967 (yearly book sales report)
Box 7
Financial Records, undated
Box 7
Financial Records, estimates on never published manuscripts, 1961
Box 7
Financial Records, Printing Lists, 1959-1965
Box 7
Financial Records, Printing Lists, 1966-1968
Box 7
Financial Records, Income/Sales reports, 1956-1960 (graphs)
Box 7
Financial Records, 1959-1960 audit
Box 7
Financial Records, Sale reports, 1958 July-1962 February
Box 7
Financial Records, miscellaneous
Box 8 (oversized material)
Financial Records, 1926/1927-1939/1940
Box 8 (oversized material)
Detailed Financial Statements, 1959-1960
Box 8 (oversized material)
Detailed Financial Statements, 1958-1959
Box 8 (oversized material)
Detailed Financial Statements, 1957-1958 (two folders)
Box 8 (oversized material)
Detailed Financial Statements, 1956-1957
Box 8 (oversized material)

This series contains announcements, catalogs and trade lists advertising upcoming and current publications by Duke University Press.

Catalogs, Announcements, 1959
Box 9
Catalogs, Announcements, 1960-1969
Box 9
Catalogs, Announcements, 1970-1979
Box 9
Catalogs, Announcements, 1980-1989
Box 9
Catalogs, Announcements, undated
Box 9
Duke University Press Catalogues, 1926-1959
Box 9
Duke University Press Catalogues and Trade Lists, 1960-1964
Box 9
Duke University Press Catalogues and Trade Lists, 1965-1969
Box 9
Duke University Press Catalogues and Trade Lists, 1970-1979
Box 9
Duke University Press Catalogues and Trade Lists, 1980-undated
Box 9
Duke University Press Catalogues and Trade Lists, 1987-1989
Box 9
Catalogs, Journals
Box 9
Catalogs, Trade Lists, 1924-1959
Box 9

The Association of American University Presses is a professional organization whose membership consists of University presses or publishers. The material relates to Duke University Press' membership to the AAUP and includes correspondence, memoranda, annual meeting minutes, questionnaires and a survey.

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, 1948 June 21-22
Box 9
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, 1949 May 9-11
Box 9
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, 1950 May 7-9
Box 9
Minutes of the 21st Anniversary Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, 1952 June 15-17
Box 9
Minutes of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, 1953 April 12-14
Box 9
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, 1954 May 2-4
Box 9
Minutes of the 24th Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, 1955 July 18-20
Box 9
Minutes of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, 1957 May 5-7
Box 9
Survey of University Presses, 1948-1949
Box 9
Survey of University Presses, 1948-1951
Box 9
Association of American University Presses, 1949-1950
Box 9
Association of American University Presses, 1951-1952
Box 9
Association of American University Presses, 1951-1952
Box 9
Association of American University Presses, 1952
Box 9
Association of American University Presses, 1953
Box 9
Association of American University Presses, 1954-1955
Box 9

This series contains an account book which lists all expenditures and revenue for Duke University Press between 1925-1946. This box is located on-site.

Duke University Press Account Book, 1925-1946
Box 10

This series contains facisimiles of the Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle letters which comprise The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, published by the Duke University Press. The facsimilies are arranged chronologically. Also included are chronology cards.

Chronology Cards
Box 12
Facsimiles, 1812-1826
Box 13
Facsimiles, 1827-1835
Box 14
Facsimiles, 1836-1841
Box 15
Facsimiles, 1842-1844 July
Box 16
1844 Aug.-1847
Box 17
1848-1850
Box 18
1850-1851
Box 19
1852-1853 June
Box 20
1853 July-1855 June
Box 21
1855 July-1856 Oct.
Box 22

Historical Note

The origins of Duke University Press date back to 1892 and the establishment of the Trinity College Historical Society. In 1921, the Trinity College Press was officially founded. William T. Laprade served as the first Director until 1926. That same year, Duke University Press was founded with William K. Boyd as Director. Following Boyd as Director were the following: Paul F. Baum (1927-1930), J. Fred Rippy (1930-1936), Henry Dwire (1936-1944), Laprade (1944-1951), Ashbel G. Brice (1951-1981), Richard C. Rowson (1981-1989), Lawrence J. Malley (1989-1993), and Stanley Fish (1993-1998).

Duke University Press publishes approximately 120 books annually and more than 30 journals. It publishes primarily in the humanities and social sciences and issues a few publications for primarily professional audiences (e.g., in law or medicine). It is best known for its publications in the broad and interdisciplinary area of theory and history of cultural production.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Bernard I. Duffey Papers, 1957-1983 (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library/University Archives, Duke University)
  • South Atlantic Quarterly Records, 1926-1986 (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library/University Archives, Duke University)
  • William Thomas Laprade Papers, 1660-1975 (bulk 1898-1975) (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library/University Archives, Duke University)
  • Henry R. Dwire Papers, 1897-1944 (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library/University Archives, Duke University)
  • Thomas Carlyle Papers, 1809-1927 and undated. (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University)
  • Jane Welsh Carlyle-Henrietta Stanley letters, 1852-1865 (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University)

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Duke University Press Records were received by the University Archives as a series of transfers from 1956-1993, 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, July 2007

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, July 2007

Accessions A56-699, A80-237, A90-116, A93-54, A72-73, A74-130, A75-152, A83-41 and UA2010-0004 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.