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Guide to the Major Speakers Committee Records, 1956-2003

Abstract

Major Speakers is a committee of Duke University Union. Formerly the Educational Affairs Committee, the Major Speakers Committee is responsible for bringing to campus figures of national and international significance to speak upon the complex problems of the times.

The collection contains files about speakers brought to the Duke Campus by the Major Speakers committee of Duke University Union. Materials present include administrative documents including budgets, policy notices, correspondence, performance contracts, publicity materials, and clippings. Dates in the collection range from 1956-2003.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Union. Major Speakers Committee
Title
Major Speakers Committee, 1956-2003
Language of Material
English
Extent
4.25 Linear Feet, approx. 4,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection contains files about speakers brought to the Duke campus by the Major Speakers Committee of Duke University Union. Materials present include administrative documents including budgets, policy notices, correspondence, performance contracts, publicity materials, and clippings. The collection is arranged into the following groupings subject files, and speakers. Dates in the collection range from 1956-2003.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Adventure Series, 1964-1968 (2 folders)
Box 1
Alumni Series, 1980
Box 1
Black History Month, 1979
Box 1
Budget, 1972-1993 (3 folders)
Box 1
Chair Applications, 2002-2003
Box 1
Committee Members, 1987-1988
Box 1
Correspondence, 1974-1984 (5 folders)
Box 1
Cosponsorhips, 1983-1993 (8 folders)
Box 1
Educational Affairs Committee, 1962; 1965
Box 1
Evaluations, 1987-1988
Box 1
Fall Schedule, 1981
Box 1
Famous Signatures
Box 1
Fees for Contracts, 1970-1971
Box 1
Financial Reports, 1988-1989
Box 1
Future, 1987-1988
Box 1
General, 1956-1995 (23 folders)
Box 2
Invitations, 1971-1977 (4 folders)
Box 2
Members, 1979-1980
Box 2
Minutes, 1969-1970
Box 2
Miscellaneous, 1969-1993 (3 folders)
Box 2
Past Speakers,1956-1977
Box 2
Policy/Prevention Multiple Invites to Speakers, 1979
Box 2
Potential Speakers, 1988-1994 (2 folders)
Box 2
Presidential Candidates and Journalist Correspondence, 1979-1980
Box 2
Press Release/Schedule, 1991
Box 2
Publicity, 1993-1994
Box 2
Regrets, 1973-1974
Box 2
Rejected Offers, 1991-1992
Box 2
Various, 1989-1992 (2 folders)
Box 2
William Buckley, 1961-1969
Box 3
Ambassador Tran Van Chuong, 1964 February 14
Box 3
Lester Maddox, 1968
Box 3
Dean Rusk, 1968-1970
Box 3
Senator John S. Tower, 1969 November 10
Box 3
Senator George McGovern, 1969-1970
Box 3
In Nhel and Uk Someth, 1970 November 19
Box 3
Robert Finch, 1970
Box 3
Mrs. Coretta Scott King, 1970
Box 3
Senator John Tower, 1970
Box 3
Shirley Chisolm, 1970
Box 3
Senator Edmund Muskie, 1970-1971
Box 3
Barry Goldwater, 1970-1971
Box 3
Dr. Sam Keene, circa 1970 or 1971 March 16
Box 3
Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld, 1971 February 8
Box 3
Muriel Fox, [1971] March 9
Box 3
Senator Marlon Cook, 1971 May 10
Box 3
Tom Wicker, 1971 May 12
Box 3
Senator Birch Bayh, 1971 September 22
Box 3
Senator and Mrs. Fred Harris, 1971 October 18
Box 3
Henry M. Jackson, Nicholas Johnson, 1971
Box 3
Paul McCloskey, 1971-1972
Box 3
Norman Mailer, 1971-1972
Box 3
Mr. William Kunster, 1972 January 20
Box 3
Bill Russell, 1972 March 1
Box 3
Dr. Rollo May, 1972 March 14
Box 3
B. F. Skinner, 1972
Box 3
Dick Gregory, 1972
Box 3
Imamu Baraka, 1972
Box 3
Senator Thomas Eagleton, 1972
Box 3
Dr. Jewell Gresham and Ms. Gloria Steinem, 1972-1973
Box 3
Robert Hyslop, SEATO (South-East Asia Treaty Organization), 1972-1973
Box 3
Malcolm X (documentary), 1972-1973
Box 3
Ramsey Clark, 1973 April 19
Box 3
R. Buckminister Fuller, 1973 October 2
Box 3
Tom Wolfe, 1973 November 13
Box 3
Stuart Udall, 1973 October 22
Box 3
John Rechy, 1973 Dec. 4
Box 3
John Beecher, 1973
Box 3
Senator Edward Kennedy, 1973
Box 3
Senator Sam Ervin and Samuel Dash, 1973-1974
Box 3
John Houseman, 1974 Jan. 29
Box 3
C. Vann Woodward, 1974 Apr. 19
Box 3
Cesar Chavez, 1974 Sept. 11
Box 3
William F. Buckley, 1974
Box 3
Hunter Thompson, 1974
Box 3
Milton Friedman, 1975 January 24
Box 3
Frederic Storaska, 1975 February 12; 1977 September 20
Box 3
James Doohan, 1976-1979
Box 3
John Kolisch, 1977 September 29
Box 3
Nikki Giovanni, 1977 October 10
Box 3
Energy Symposium Speakers, 1977 October 31-November 3
Box 4
Tom Wicker, 1977 December 8
Box 4
Admiral H. G. Rickover, United States Navy, 1977
Box 4
Ambassador Andrew Young, 1977-1978
Box 4
Henry Kyemba, 1978 February 14
Box 4
Ronald K. Wright, M. D., 1978 March 22
Box 4
Arthur Knight, 1978 October 11
Box 4
Admiral Turner, 1978
Box 4
Clovis Maksoud, 1978
Box 4
William Kunstler, 1978
Box 4
Bob Woodward, 1978
Box 4
Leonard Feather, 1978-1979
Box 4
Frederic Storaska, 1978-1979; 1980 October 9
Box 4
Dick Cavett, 1979 October 5
Box 4
George Plimpton, 1979
Box 4
51 Athletics Speakers Bureau, 1979
Box 4
Abba Eban (Israel's former Foreign Minister), 1979-1980
Box 4
Robert Evans, 1980 February 20
Box 4
Rabbi Meir Kahane, 1980 February 26
Box 4
Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., 1980 April 4
Box 4
Dr. Juanita Kreps, 1980 September 15
Box 4
James Hall, 1980 October 24
Box 4
David Fry, 1980 November 6
Box 4
Storaska, 1980 October 9
Box 4
Greensboro, a rational discussion, 1980 December 4
Box 4
Journalist Forum, 1980
Box 4
Indian Heritage Week, 1980-1981
Box 4
Women's Awareness Week, 1980-1981
Box 4
Greensboro Forum, 1980-1981
Box 4
Symposium, 1980-1981
Box 4
Journalist's Forum, 1981 January 23
Box 4
Wilson Bryan Key, 1981 January 27
Box 4
David Halberstam, 1981 January 27; 1985 November 19
Box 4
Morefield-White, 1981, April 1
Box 4
Richard Morefield, 1981 April 13
Box 4
Ambassador Robert White, 1981 April 14
Box 4
April Speaker, 1981
Box 4
Meyers, 1981 October
Box 4
Timothy Leary, 1981 November 4
Box 5
Isaac B. Singer, 1981 November 9
Box 5
Lisa Birnbach's Preppie Program, 1981
Box 5
Sanford Student Talk, 1981-1982
Box 5
Gordon Adams, 1982 February 9
Box 5
Sam Cook, 1982 March 1
Box 5
Chris Edwards, 1982 March 3
Box 5
Chaim Potok, 1982 April 5
Box 5
John Anderson, 1982, September 16
Box 5
Alan Cranston, 1982 October 22
Box 5
Abbie Hoffman, 1982 October 26
Box 5
Joe Jackson, 1982 November 30
Box 5
Susan Sontag, 1982
Box 5
Forum for Democracy, 1982
Box 5
Native American Awareness Week, circa 1982
Box 5
Ted Turner, 1982
Box 5
Jenny Teplitz, 1982 Fall
Box 5
Steve Bell, 1983 January 27
Box 5
General Duke, 1983 March 31
Box 5
Daniel Yergin, 1983 April 13
Box 5
Antoinette Handy, 1983 September 19
Box 5
Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta, 1983 September 22
Box 5
Vinicio Cerezo, 1983 October 21
Box 5
G. Gordon Liddy, 1983 October 24
Box 5
Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo, 1983 October 27
Box 5
Alberto Arene, 1983 October 31
Box 5
English Seminar, 1983
Box 5
Senator Jesse Helms, 1983
Box 5
Nelson N. Johnson, circa 1983
Box 5
Peace-Making in a Nuclear World Symposium, 1983-1984
Box 5
Tom Jackson, 1984 November 28
Box 5
Zoe Walker, 1984 February 7
Box 5
Jabberwocky Humor Extravaganza, 1984 February 17
Box 5
Nuclear Symposium, 1984 February
Box 5
Earthwalk, 1984 March 28
Box 5
Kodak Presentation, 1984 March 28
Box 5
Shere Hite, 1984 April 4
Box 5
General Bernard Rogers, 1984 October 18
Box 5
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 1984 September 18
Box 5
Father Andrew Greeley, 1984 November 15
Box 5
Tom Jackson, 1984 November 28
Box 5
Letter to Buckley, circa 1984
Box 5
Candidate Forum, 1984
Box 5
Jim Hunt, circa 1984
Box 6
E.F. Hutton, 1984
Box 6
Bruce Payne/Leadership Program, 1984
Box 6
Siskel and Ebert, 1984-1985
Box 6
Morton Dean, 1985 January 30
Box 6
Jimmy Belushi, 1985 March 25
Box 6
Curtis and Lisa Sliwa, 1985 April 11
Box 6
General William Westmoreland, 1985 September 19
Box 6
Jeanne Kirkpatrick, circa 1985
Box 6
SAE Symposium: Athletics, 1985
Box 6
South Africa Symposium, circa 1985
Box 6
SDCA - Aldofo Calero, 1986 January 28
Box 6
Eleanor Smeal, 1986 April 10
Box 6
Julius Chambers, 1986 September 13
Box 6
Shroud of Turin, 1986 September 17
Box 6
Central America and South America Awareness Day, 1986 October 26
Box 6
Leonard Nimoy, 1986 November 10
Box 6
Ted Kennedy, 1986
Box 6
Pornography Forum, 1986
Box 6
Gary Hart, 1987 January 27
Box 6
Ambassador Arkaby Stevchenko, 1987 February 17
Box 6
Maki Mandela, 1987 March 3
Box 6
Elie Wiesel, 1987 September 15
Box 6
US-Persian Gulf Forum, 1987 October 6
Box 6
Jerry Falwell, 1987 October 15
Box 6
Coach K, 1987 October 28
Box 6
Forum: Distinguished Alumni, 1987 October 30
Box 6
Jeremy Rifkin, 1987 November 4
Box 6
Ron Paul, 1987 December 7
Box 7
Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1987 December 9
Box 7
Sex Seminar, 1987
Box 7
Homecoming Alumni Forum, 1987-1988
Box 7
Senator Sanford/Tom Walker, 1987-1988
Box 7
Washington Trip, 1987-1988
Box 7
Jerry Levin, 1988 January 28
Box 7
Dick Vitale, 1988 February 3
Box 7
Allister Sparks/Alex Harris, 1988 February 16
Box 7
Yehuda Blum (Arieh Levine), 1988 February 25
Box 7
Dr. Fredrick van Zyl Slabbert, 1988 Febraury 28
Box 7
David Barber, 1988 February 29
Box 7
Judge Robert Bork, 1988 April 11
Box 7
Jesse Jackson, 1988 August 28
Box 7
Bill Bradley, 1988 September 6-8
Box 7
Lisa Birnbach, 1988 September 15
Box 7
Joe Biden, 1988 October 26
Box 7
William Sloan Coffin, 1988 October 27
Box 7
Julius Scales, 1988 November 1
Box 7
John Updike, 1988 December 1
Box 7
Elizabeth Dole, 1988
Box 7
India Symposium, 1988
Box 7
Sam Wyche, 1988-1989
Box 7
William Bennett, 1989 January 19
Box 7
Gur Ofer/Eric Green, 1989 April 12
Box 7
Allen Ginsberg, 1989 April 13
Box 7
Sarah Weddington, 1989 April 13
Box 7
Margaret Atwood, 1989 April 18
Box 7
Studs Terkel, 1989 October 10
Box 7
Peter Dean, 1989 October 20
Box 7
Errol Morris, 1989 October 20
Box 7
William Gray, 1989 October 30
Box 7
Father George Stallings, 1989 November 2
Box 7
Ann Atwater/CP Ellis, 1989 November 30
Box 7
Evon Streetman, circa 1989
Box 7
Jimmy Carter, 1989-1990
Box 7
Nancy Hanks, 1989-1990
Box 7
Alice Walker, 1989-1990
Box 7
Last Lecture Series, 1989-1990
Box 7
Ethics in America Symposium, 1989-1990
Box 7
Reynolds Price/Robert Coles, 1990 January 23
Box 7
Frontiers of Legal Thought Conference, 1990 January 25-27
Box 7
Michael and Grainne Yeats, 1990 February 19
Box 7
Lenora Fulani, 1990 February 19
Box 7
Teach for America play, 1990 March 21
Box 7
Henry Cho, 1990 March 29
Box 7
Spike Lee, 1990 March 30
Box 7
Jana Moveslava, 1990-1991
Box 8
Walter Kronkite, undated
Box 8
George F. Will, 1991 February 18
Box 8
Andrew Young, 1991 February 28
Box 8
Abba Eban, 1991 April 9
Box 8
Jeanne Kirkpatrick, 1991 March 26
Box 8
Randy Cohen, 1991 September 19
Box 8
PJ O'Rourke, 1991 October 1
Box 8
Phil Nee, 1991 October 2
Box 8
Doug Marlette, 1991 October 10
Box 8
Richard Gephardt, 1991 November 14
Box 8
Nancy Zeigenmeyer, 1991 November 20
Box 8
Phil Nee, 1991 October 2
Box 8
Bush/Quayle Campaign, 1991-1992
Box 8
Dick Cheney, 1991-1992
Box 8
John Sununu, 1991-1992
Box 8
Chuck D, 1992 January 29
Box 8
Oliver Stone, 1992 April 6
Box 8
Pat Buchanen, 1992 April 29
Box 8
Jerry Brown, 1992 May 2
Box 8
Jacob Holdt, 1992 September 16
Box 8
Chris Connelly, 1992 September 23
Box 8
Samuel Lewis, 1992 October 14
Box 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1992 October 30
Box 8
Pat Schroeder, 1992 November 9
Box 8
Coach K, 1992 November 12
Box 8
William Greider, 1992 November 19
Box 8
Senator Ted Kennedy, 1992 December 2
Box 8
Clinton/Gore Campaign, 1992-1993
Box 8
Bob Costas, 1992-1993
Box 8
Mi Gente: Carlos Fuentes-Carbonell, 1992-1993
Box 8
Greenpeace, 1992-1993
Box 8
Kurt Vonnegut, 1992-1993
Box 8
Frontiers of Legal Thought, 1993 January 21-24
Box 8
Akasha (Gloria) Hull, 1993 March 3
Box 8
Naomi Wolf, 1993 March 31
Box 8
Amiri Baraka, 1993 April 8
Box 8
Tsongas/Rudman, 1993 January 24
Box 8
Jesse Jackson, 1993 March 9
Box 8
Ren & Stimpy - Billy West, 1993 April 14
Box 8
Hunter Thompson, 1993 April 14
Box 8
Richard Roth, 1993 April 20
Box 9
Colman McCarthy, 1993 April 15
Box 9
Women of Color Series, 1993 Spring
Box 9
Gil White, 1993 October 8
Box 9
Dr. Shelby Steele, 1993 November 4
Box 9
Ken Kesey, 1993 November 16
Box 9
Oliver Stone, 1993 December 3
Box 9
Benjamin Barber, 1993-1994
Box 9
Joe Biden, 1993-1994
Box 9
Jonathan Demme, 1993-1994
Box 9
Carol Moseley-Brown, 1993-1994
Box 9
Joe Clark, 1994 February 2
Box 9
Tsongas, 1994 February 24
Box 9
Anna Quindlen, 1994 March 18
Box 9
Naomi Wolf, 1994 March 18
Box 9
Prime Minister Janez Drnovszek [cancelled], 1994 April 6
Box 9
Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, 1994 November 15
Box 9
Richard Roth, 1994-1995
Box 9
Co-sponsored Minor Speakers, 1994-1995
Box 9
Kurt Vonnegut, 1996 March 26
Box 9
Nadine Strossen, 1996 October 2
Box 9
John Douglas, 1996 November 19
Box 9
Mary Fisher, 1996 December 5
Box 9
Marian Marzynski, 1997 February 12
Box 9
Nancy Mairs, 1997 April 15
Box 9
Senator Mark O. Hatfield, Sept. 26 [year unknown]
Box Oversize Folder 1
James J. Kilpatrick, Sept. 29 [year unknown]
Box Oversize Folder 1
Dr. JB Rhine, Feb. 24 [year unknown]
Box Oversize Folder 1
Panel, "Emphasis: The South," March 3, 10, 17 [year unknown]
Box Oversize Folder 1
Shelby Steele; Mike Krzyzewski; Ken Kesey; Oliver Stone, Nov.-Dec. [year unknown]
Box Oversize Folder 1
Dr. Robert A. Van Kluyve, 1969 Apr. 21
Box Oversize Folder 1
Clovis Maksoud, 1978 Apr. 3
Box Oversize Folder 1
George Plimpton, 1979 Nov. 6
Box Oversize Folder 1

Historical Note

Major Speakers is a committee of Duke University Union. Formerly the Educational Affairs Committee, the Major Speakers Committee is responsible for bringing to campus figures of national and international significance to speak upon the complex problems of the times. The committee also sponsors three other series: an Adventure series dedicated to the presentation of noted explorers, sociologists, and anthropologists through film and lecture; a seminar series highlighting significant problems of society, and faculty lectures.

Duke University Union was founded in 1954, as the Duke Student Union, with the purpose of promoting the social, recreational, cultural, educational, and spiritual activities of the students. The Union consists of the following committees and programs: ACE (All Campus Events); Broadway at Duke; Cable13; the Coffeehouse; Freewater Presentations; Freewater Productions, Major Attractions; Major Speakers; Small Town Records; Visual Arts; and WXDU.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Duke University Union records, 1951- (University Archives. Duke University. )
  • Major Attractions Committee records, 1957-1995 (University Archives, Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Major Speakers Committee, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Major Speakers Committee were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1973-2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Sherrie Bowser, July 2007; Updated by Matthew Schaefer, September 2013

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, July 2007; Updated by Matthew Schaefer, September 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.