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Guide to the A. Hollis Edens papers, circa 1850s-1994

Abstract

A. Hollis Edens served as President of Duke University from 1949-1960.

This collection includes material largely of a personal nature, including correspondence, photographs, printed material, clippings, and scrapbooks. The collection ranges in date from circa 1850s-1994.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Edens, A. Hollis, 1901-
Title
A. Hollis Edens papers circa 1850s-1994
Language of Material
English
Extent
9.0 Linear Feet, approx. 2700 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection includes correspondence, speeches, Duke-related material, Emory-related material, clippings, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs. The material relates not only to Edens' professional career, but also to his family history and to that of his wife. The majority of the collection consists of family photographs, many of which are unidentified and undated.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

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

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the University Archives to use this collection.

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

Container List

(9 boxes)
Correspondence between Edens and his daughter, Mary Ann, 1943-1948, 1953
Box 1
Correspondence: General Education Board, 1947-1948
Box 1
Correspondence, 1948-1949
Box 1
Correspondence, 1954
Box 1
Correspondence, 1961
Box 1
Correspondence, 1962
Box 1
Correspondence: Edens Dormitory, 1970
Box 1
Sampling of Sympathy Letters re: Edens' death, 1968
Box 1
Duke University: Personal, 1948-1975
Box 1
Ward Pafford File
Box 1
Advisory Commission on Educational Exchange, 1954, 1961
Box 1
Emory University, 1937-1969
Box 1
J. D. Wingfield, Jr., and Family (includes correspondence), 1941-1966, undated
Box 1
Genealogy, undated
Box 1
University System of Georgia, 1947-1948
Box 1
Harvard University, 1943, 1949
Box 1
Tribute from Emory University, 1968 Sept. 9
Box 1
Inauguration Materials: Edens, 1949
Box 1
Resolution and Note of Appreciation from Duke, 1960
Box 1
Dedication of Edens Residence Hall, 1970 May
Box 1
Speeches and Addresses, 1949-1953
Box 1
Speeches and Addresses, 1954-1957
Box 1
Speeches and Addresses, 1958-1959
Box 1
Speeches and Addresses, 1960-1964
Box 1
Speeches and Addresses, 1965-1967
Box 1
Speeches and Addresses, undated
Box 1
Miscellaneous: Duke Related
Box 1
Miscellaneous: General
Box 1
Printed Material, 1949
Box 1
Printed Material, 1950, 1955, 1959, 1968
Box 1
Clippings
Box 1
Press Releases, Inauguration Prayers, and Bio Sketch, 1948-1949
Box 1
Photographs/Engravings
Box 1
Bible (with family records inside)
Box 1
Photographs
Box 2
Photographs
Box 3
Photographs (cased photographs and 1 rolled panoramic)
Box 4
Photograph Album, 1930-1941
Box 5
Loose Photographs
Box 5
Scrapbook of Edens' Career, 1937-1948
Box 5
Scrapbook of Edens' Career, 1948-1949
Box 5
Scrapbook of Edens' Career, 1949-1951
Box 5
Scrapbook on Mary Ann Edens, 1949-1951
Box 5
Oversize Clippings
Box 5
Diplomas, Certificates, Oversize Photographs
Box 6
Mary Ann Edens' scrapbook about her trip to Europe, 1958 Apr.-Aug.
Box 9
Photograph Albums
Box 9
Correspondence between Hollis and Kathleen, 1962
Box 9
Correspondence with Robert Durden, 1991, 1994
Box 9
Correspondence with Barney Jones, 1992, 1994
Box 9
Birth Affidavit, 1954, Death Certificate, 1968 for Hollis Edens; Birth Certificate copy, 1969 for Kathleen Edens
Box 9
Marriage Certificate, 1930, Cemetery Deed, 1968
Box 9
Mary Ann Edens' Nursing Degree and Board Certification, 1957
Box 9
Miscellaneous printed material
Box 9
Alumni Register, 1957, wih Edens family on cover and a larger print of that image
Box 9
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary," vols. 1-2
Box 7
Bible presented to Mary Ann Edens by Duke University upon her graduation in 1957
Box 7
Bible belonging to A. Hollis Edens
Box 7
"The Scarlet Letter"
Box 7
"Caesar's Gallic War"
Box 7
"Selections from Cicero"
Box 7
Men's Glee Club with Perry Como, 1955 April 22
Box 8
Songs by the Chapel Choir
Box 8
Songs by the Men's Glee Club (2 LPs)
Box 8
Edens-Wingfield Wedding at Duke Chapel, 1959 Feb. 14
Box 8
Mrs. Kennedy's First Young People's Concert by the Transylvania Symphony Orchestra, 1961 Aug. 22
Box 8

Historical Note

Arthur Hollis Edens was born on February 14, 1901 in Willow Grove, Tennessee. He was the son of Everett C. Edens, a Methodist minister, and Barbara Ellen (Jolly) Edens. He attended Emory University from which he received the degrees of B.Ph. (1930) and M.A. (1938). He also received a Masters of Public Administration degree (1944) and a Ph.D. (1949) from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Duke, Edens worked as a teacher and administrator at the Cumberland Mountain School and Emory University. In 1946, he was named Dean of Administration at Emory and in 1947, he became Vice Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. In 1948, he was appointed associate director of the General Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation. In November 1948, the trustees of Duke University selected Edens to serve as president of the institution, a post he held until 1960.

After leaving Duke, Edens served as executive director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, N.C. Edens died in Atlanta, Georgia on August 7, 1968. He was survived by his wife, Mary Kathleen (Russell) Edens and his daughter, Mary Ann (Mrs. Jefferson D. Wingfield, Jr.).

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], A. Hollis Edens Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The A. Hollis Edens Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 2011-2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, April 2012

Updated by Kimberly Sims, August 2012

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, April 2012

Updated by Kimberly Sims, April 2012

Accessions UA2011-0032 and UA2012-0021 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.