Guide to the Firsts Reference Collection, 1906-ongoing


The Firsts Reference Collection contains files of notes and clippings documenting first instances in a variety of areas. This collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Duke University. University Archives
Firsts Reference collection 1906-ongoing
Language of Material
0.5 Linear Feet, approx. 200 Items
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Firsts Reference Collection contains materials pertaining to the first instances of notable happenings in areas such as sports, employment, degrees awarded, and similar subjects.

Restrictions on Access & Use

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

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

Index to Alumni Register articles about firsts, 1917-1960
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Athletics, Basketball
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Curricula and degrees
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Duke Chapel and first services
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Index to Alumni Register articles about firsts, 1917-1960
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Firsts Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Firsts Reference Collection was compiled by the University Archives for use in reference and research.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas Harkins, August 2009

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, August 2010

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.