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Guide to the Alan K. Manchester Papers, 1905-1975

Abstract

Alan K. Manchester (1897-1983) served as a faculty member in the Department of History at Duke University (1929-1967). Administrative positions held at Duke include Assistant Dean of Trinity College (1934), Dean of Freshmen (1935-1949), Dean of Undergraduate Studies (1949-1956), and Dean of Trinity College (1956-1964). Manchester also worked as a cultural affairs officer at the United States Embassy in Rio de Janeiro (1951-1952) and as a specialist for the U. S. State Department's International Exchange Service Program (Summers of 1954-55). Papers include correspondence, clippings, photographs, slides, and diaries. Records prior to 1929 pertain to Manchester's childhood and consist of old report cards, school programs, and correspondence. Later records reflect Manchester's activities as a historian, Foreign Service officer, and administrator. Major subjects include Latin American and South American history and economic and political relations between Brazil and Great Britain.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Alan K. Manchester papers 1905-1975
Creator
Manchester, Alan Krebs, b. 1897.
Extent
2 Linear Feet , 2,000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University.
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English., Spanish, Portuguese

Collection Overview

Collection consists of correspondence, clippings, photographs, slides, and diaries, bulk 1929-1970. Records prior to 1929 pertain to Manchester's childhood and consist of old report cards, school programs, and correspondence. Later records reflect Manchester's activities as a historian, Foreign Service officer, and administrator

Administrative Information

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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

These records contain letters congratulating Manchester on his appointment as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, retirement correspondence, and letters of appreciation usually from former students or their family members. Article clippings often concern Manchester's visits to various Latin American countries as either a Cultural Affairs Officer (1951-1952) or as a State Department Specialist (1954 and 1955). Some of these clippings are in Spanish and Portuguese. Also included are photographs of Manchester at various stages of life, construction on Duke's West Campus, and South America. Other papers consist of some of Manchester's personal writings and documents (such as passports and report cards), administrative and professional records (such as student course evaluations, reviews, and the functions and origins of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies), and civic and cultural activities and engagements.

Article-"The Growth of the Brazilian Bureaucracy, 1808-1821."
Box 1
Book Reviews, 1938-1969
Box 1
Clippings, 1951-1952
[3 folders]
Box 1
Cultural Affairs Officer, 1951-1952
[2 folders]
Box 1
Standard Phonic Drill Club, 1952
Box 1
Brazil, 1951-1952, South America, 1954-1955, and Canada, 1956.
Box 1
ca. 1931-1944
Box 1
1933-1970
Box 1
ca. 1940-1968
Box 1
Letters of congratulations on appointment as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, 1949
Box 1
Curriculum Vitae and Retirement Correspondence, 1963-1964
Box 1
Alumni Affairs: Off-Campus Activities, 1938-1962
Box 1
Clippings, 1934-1954
Box 1
ROTC, 1953-1964
Box 1
Student [Course] Evaluations, ca. 1960 and undated
Box 1
Student [Course] Evaluations: "European Expansion and Imperialism," ca. 1966
Box 1
Inter-American Cultural Council, 1959
Box 1
Kiwanis Club, 1934-1962
Box 1
Masters Thesis, 1922
Box 1
Miscellaneous clippings, ca. 1925, 1927
Box 1
Miscellaneous scrapbook contents, 1933-1934
Box 1
National and International Activities, 1959-1961
Box 1
Personal Documents
Box 1
Personal Writings and Recommendations of Manchester, ca. 1920
Box 1
Duke-related
Box 1
Early photos
Box 1
South America
Box 1
Publications, 1972-1974
Box 1
Publications and Related Material, 1930-1970
Box 1
Research Notes and an article rough draft
Box 1
Retirement, 1964
Box 1
Seminar: Brazilian History, University of South Carolina, October 1967
Box 1
South America, 1954 and 1955
[2 folders]
Box 1
South America-Clippings, 1954-1955
[3 folders]
Box 1
Speaking Engagements and Other Activities: Cultural, Civic and Educational Organizations, 1936-1960
Box 1
Speaking Engagements and Other Activities: Cultural, Civic and Educational Organizations-Clippings, 1933-1966
Box 1
Symposia and Conferences, 1936-1966
Box 1
United Nations Activities-Clippings, 1956-1966
Box 1

Slides, 1951-1968

1 linear ft.

Arranged according to container number, the slides are images of Portugal, Spain, Europe, Latin America, Canada, New England, and various parts of North Carolina. The Latin America slides may have been taken while Manchester served as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Brazil (1951-1952) or as a Specialist for the State Department's International Exchange Service program. The Canadian slides were most likely taken when Manchester visited many Canadian universities and colleges while attending a Commonwealth Studies Conference in the summer of 1956. In addition to the slides, there exist logs for most of the slides and diaries of many of the trips. The logs contain codes for specific images on the slides, and the diaries are informal records of expenditures, miles covered, and activities.

Portugal, 1964, 1968
Box 2
Portugal, 1964, 1968
Spain, 1964
Box 2
Europe: Copenhagen -- Lake Como, 1964
Blue Ridge Parkway: Mabry Mill-- Grandfather Mtn., undated
Blue Ridge Parkway, Roan Mountain, Cherokee, Old Salem, Laurel Lake, Edenton, New Bern, Wilmington, Outer Banks, Gross Cottage, Atlantis
Duke Gardens, Duke Campus, Manchester residence
State Dept. Latin American Slide Collection: Durham--Medellin
State Dept. Latin American Slide Collection: Bogota--Piura
State Dept. Latin American Slide Collection: Peruvian Andes--Ouro Preto
State Dept. Latin American Slide Collection: Ouro Preto--Rio
State Dept. Latin American Slide Collection: Rio, Brasilia, Victoria
State Dept. Latin American Slide Collection: Salvador--Puerto Rico
State Dept. Latin American Slide Collection: Ontario--Victoria
Canadian Collection: Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, Clayton, Cape Breton
Canadian Collection: Cape Breton, New England, La Gaspesie

Historical Note

Educator, historian, cultural affairs liaison and consultant, and administrator. Born in Camden, New Jersey on July 2, 1897. Married Mary Elizabeth Onderdonk on June 28, 1922. Received A. B. from Vanderbilt University (1920), M. A. from Columbia University (1922), and Ph. D. from Duke University (1930). Positions held prior to employment at Duke: Instructor of English, Oklahoma University (1920-1921), Director, Moore Institute, Campinas, Sao Paolo, Brazil (1925-1927). Joined Duke faculty as an instructor in the History department (1929-1935). Eventually became an assistant professor (1935-1942), associate professor (1942-1950), and full professor (1950-1967). Eventually held a Distinguished Service Professorship at Duke. Administrative positions held at Duke include Assistant Dean of Trinity College (1934), Dean of Freshmen (1935-1949), Dean of Undergraduate Studies (1949-1956), and Dean of Trinity College (1956-1964). Retired in 1967. Other activities outside Duke University included cultural affairs officer at the United States Embassy in Rio de Janeiro (1951-1952), specialist for the U. S. State Department's International Exchange Service Program (Summers of 1954-55) and consultant (1956-1958). Died July 31, 1983 in Durham, N.C.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Dean Alan K. Manchester Records, 1850-1967, bulk 1949-1967. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alan K. Manchester Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Alan K. Manchester Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1983-1984.

Processing Information

Processed by University Archives staff

Completed November, 2002

Encoded by Jill Katte, November 22, 2002

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.