Guide to the Christine Mimms papers, 1946-1986


Christine Mimms served as secretary/executive assistant to six Duke Presidents, from President William Few to President Terry Sanford. The collection contains correspondence, clippings, photographs and other materials. The material ranges in date from 1946-1986.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
Christine Mimms papers
Mimms, Christine, 1909-1940
0.5 Linear Feet, 150 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains correspondence, photographs, postcards, clippings and other materials primarily concerning Mrs. Mimms' career as secretary to Duke's presidents. The collection includes letters from Dr. Knight, Mr. Sanford, W. M. Upchurch and other University figures and the memorial volume from her husband's funeral. The material ranges in date from 1946-1986.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1946-1977
S. C. Mimms, funeral home memorial volume, 1986

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Orphaned at an early age, Christine Mimms was raised by her mother's sister in Scotland County, North Carolina. After graduating from Gibson High School, she attended Meredith College where she was active in government and the debating society. She received her business training at Kings Business College in Raleigh. She moved to Durham in 1935 when she was hired as a secretary. Mimms served as secretary/executive assistant to six Duke Presidents, from President William Few to President Terry Sanford. She married S. C. Mimms in 1966 and was an active member of the Watts Street Baptist Church. She helped organize both the Durham Theater Guild and the Allied Arts and was a member of the arts society's original board of directors. She retired from Duke in 1977. Mimms died in 1990.

Subject Headings

Separated Material

Separated Material

A print of Mimms surrounded by the six Duke University presidents she served with has been separated from the collection and is located in map cabinet 8.

Related Material

  • William P. Few Records and Papers (Duke University Archives)
  • Robert L. Flowers Records (Duke University Archives)
  • A. Hollis Edens Records (Duke University Archives)
  • J. Deryl Hart Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Douglas M. Knight Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Terry Sanford Records and Papers (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Christine Mimms Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Christine Mimms papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, September 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, September 2006

Accession A92-63 is described in this finding aid.