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Guide to the Operations and Maintenance Dept. Records, 1919 - 1957

Abstract

The Operations and Maintenance Department (and the organizations and individuals who preceded the establishment of the department) was responsible for construction and upkeep of Duke University Buildings. The Operations and Maintenance Department Records include correspondence, plans, architectural drawings, blueprints, financial records, contracts, desk diaries, keys, and other materials related to Duke buildings. Prominent individuals represented in the collection include Frank Clyde Brown, S.W. Myatt, and Horace Trumbauer. Major subjects include the building and administration of Duke University, the planning of buildings and grounds on the Duke Campus, and the establishment of the Duke Construction Company to oversee construction on campus.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Operations and Maintenance Dept. records, 1919 - 1957
Creator
Duke University. Operations and Maintenance Dept.
Extent
13.75 Feet, , 12000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The Operations and Maintenance Dept. Records include correspondence, plans, architectural drawings, blueprints, financial records, contracts, desk diaries, and other materials related to the construction, maintenance, and use of the buildings of Duke University. The bulk of the collection details the extensive planning and construction of Duke's new West Campus in the 1920s and 1940s, as well as renovations and additions to the East Campus. Discussions with vendors and suppliers, architectural plans and blueprints, and the design of the grounds all contribute to the record of Duke's growth. The collection also includes diaries kept by what became the Operations and Maintenance Department. These record campus events over a nearly twenty year period.

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Contents of the Collection

Frank Clyde Brown was the supervisor of construction of the new buildings on the West Campus of Duke University from 1925-1930, as well as a literature professor at Duke. The files in this series pertain mainly to planning the construction of new buildings on the Duke Campus. The biographical note in for the Frank Clyde Brown Papers (located in the Duke University Archives) notes:

"Between 1924 and 1930, Brown was deeply absorbed in the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University, serving as a member of the Building Committee of the Board of Trustees and as the first comptroller of the University. As comptroller, he acted as the liaison for architects, contractors, suppliers, administrators, and faculty in the designing, construction, and equipping of the redesigned East Campus, which became the Woman's College, and of the completely new West Campus. Brown is credited with contributing many original ideas to the building plans, foremost of which was the discovery of the nearby Hillsborough, N.C. stone and the recommendation that this material be utilized in the construction of the Gothic West Campus. He also served as university marshal, planning all major formal celebrations and entertaining numerous distinguished visitors to the new university."

Brown's files in this series mainly contain correspondence, plans, contracts, some architectural drawings, and other materials related to construction. Several files have more relation to his interest in literature and his position as professor. Researchers should be aware that the materials in this series and the materials in the Frank Clyde Brown Papers are very closely related, and both collections may need to be examined.

Academic Costume, 1941
Box 1 Folder 1
Alms Basin Design, [undated]
Box 1 Folder 2
American Academy of Arts & Letters - Committee for Good Diction on the Radio, 1929-1936
Box 1 Folder 3
Buildings, 1926-1927

Includes cost of Woman's College; contract with Trumbauer for West Campus; statement of general conditions for West Campus; and detail of reductions in original campus on West to reduce cost. Also includes 1 building plan.

Box 1 Folder 4
Carolina Power & Light, 1927
Box 1 Folder 5
Centennial Celebration, 1937-1939
Box 1 Folder 6
Chapel - Collection Plates, 1934

Includes 2 drawings.

Box 1 Folder 7
Chicago, University of, 1926
Box 1 Folder 8
Class Ring, 1932-1934
Box 1 Folder 9
Class Schedules and Room Assignments, 1928-1931
Box 1 Folder 10
Clement, E.H., 1925-1927
Box 1 Folder 11
Contracts, 1924-1927
Box 1 Folder 12
Cooperative Store, [undated]
Box 1 Folder 13
Copyright, 1928
Box 1 Folder 14
Cornerstone Laying, 1928
Box 1 Folder 15
Costs, 1919-1925
Box 1 Folder 16
Costs, 1926-1928
Box 1 Folder 17
Costs of Education, 1925
Box 1 Folder 18
Davidson College, 1928
Box 1 Folder 19
Davison, Wilburt C., 1927
Box 1 Folder 20
Correspondence, 1931
Box 1 Folder 21
Programs, 1931
Box 1 Folder 22
Dogwood Festival, 1932-1933
Box 1 Folder 23
Dormitories, 1927-1928
Box 1 Folder 24
Dormitory Plans, [undated]

Includes 12 building plans.

Box 1 Folder 25
Duke, B.N. and Family, 1923-1929
Box 1 Folder 26
Duke Construction Company, 1928-1930
Box 1 Folder 27
Duke Endowment, 1925-1929

Includes information on the Hillsborough Quarry; limestone and granite; library; and heating plant.

Box 1 Folder 28
Duke Endowment - Local, 1927
Box 1 Folder 29
Duke Forest, 1926
Box 1 Folder 30
Duke, J.B., 1925
Box 1 Folder 31
Duke University Press, 1928
Box 1 Folder 32
Duke University Properties, 1927
Box 1 Folder 33
Duke's Chapel (includes specs), 1926-1927
Box 1 Folder 34
Durham Chamber of Commerce, 1928
Box 1 Folder 35
Durham Lumber Company, 1927-1930
Box 1 Folder 36
Faculty, 1927-1938
Box 1 Folder 37
Faculty Apartments, 1927
Box 1 Folder 38
Few, William Preston, 1936-1937
Box 1 Folder 39
Few, William Preston - 25th Anniversary as President, 1935
Box 1 Folder 40
Flowers, R.L., 1926-1937
Box 1 Folder 41
Fuller, George A., Co., 1925-1928
Box 1 Folder 42
Gross, Paul (regarding design of chemistry building), 1927-1934
Box 1 Folder 43
Hall, B.M, 1926
Box 1 Folder 44
Kittrell College, 1925-1927

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 1 Folder 45
Literary Societies, 1930-1931
Box 1 Folder 46
London Hospital, 1927
Box 1 Folder 47
Long, Guy A. (steward), 1927
Box 1 Folder 48
Meredith College, 1928
Box 1 Folder 49
Miscellaneous, 1929-1939
Box 1 Folder 50
North Carolina Central University, 1927-1930
Box 1 Folder 51
North Carolina Conservation and Development Department, 1928
Box 1 Folder 52
Noyes Scholarships, 1928
Box 1 Folder 53
Olmsted Brothers, 1925-1928
Box 1 Folder 54
Petitions, [undated]
Box 1 Folder 55
Phi Delta Theta, 1925-1934

Includes information on re-installation of the fraternity and the philosophy behind quads and fraternities in the architectural scheme of the university.

Box 1 Folder 56
Portraits (locations), [undated]
Box 1 Folder 57
Property Rentals, 1925-1928
Box 1 Folder 58
Publicity, circa 1920s

Includes a mention of Met exhibition, detailed analysis of stone materials.

Box 1 Folder 59
Red Cross, 1927
Box 1 Folder 60
Research Council, 1926-1939
Box 1 Folder 61
Salaries at other institutions, 1925
Box 1 Folder 62
Duke University, [undated]
Box 1 Folder 63
North Carolina Counties, 1928
Box 1 Folder 64
South Carolina Counties and North Carolina Towns, 1928
Box 1 Folder 65
Universities, 1929
Box 1 Folder 66
Seely Company, 1928-1929

Includes 1 blueprint, "Proposed Change in Boiler Room, B.N. Duke, Resident."

Box 1 Folder 67
Smith, Winford H. (consultant from Johns Hopkins on the medical school and hospital), 1926-1927
Box 1 Folder 68
Soda Fountain, 1927

Includes 3 building plans

Box 1 Folder 69
Southern Power Company, 1925-1927

Includes negotiations on tunnel under Southern Railway East/West.

Box 1 Folder 70
Southern Railway, 1926-1927

Contract for spur track to heating plat on Campus Drive and for track to Hillsborough Quarry.

Box 1 Folder 71
Student Discipline, 1926 [RESTRICTED: Contains student records]
Box 1 Folder 72
Subpoena, 1928
Box 1 Folder 73
Telephone Directory, 1930
Box 1 Folder 74
1926
Box 1 Folder 75
February, 1927-January, 1928

Includes 1 blueprint drawing.

Box 2 Folder 76
January, 1928-June, 1928
Box 2 Folder 77
July, 1928-August, 1937
Box 2 Folder 78
1938
Box 2 Folder 79
Stonework Details, 1937
Box 2 Folder 80
University of Michigan (letter discussing library critique), 1927-1929
Box 2 Folder 81
University of Paris, 1928
Box 2 Folder 82
Vanderbilt University, 1925-1928
Box 2 Folder 83
Wesleyan College (Macon, GA), 1928-1930
Box 2 Folder 84
Wiley Gray Orations, 1926-1931
Box 2 Folder 85
Work Reports (E.H. Clement Co.), 1925-1927
Box 2 Folder 86
Work Reports (George A. Fuller Co.), 1927
Box 2 Folder 87

The S.W. Myatt Files series contains information about construction on the Duke Campus. Seth W. Myatt served as one of the Directors of the Duke Construction Company, as well as an Assistant to the President. The series contains correspondence, plans, contracts, many architectural drawings and blueprints, and other details related to construction at Duke in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. A large post-war building program was undertaken at Duke from 1946 onward. During this period the growth of science and engineering projects jumped due to increased veteran enrollment in these programs. In addition to the materials mentioned above, the S.W. Myatt series also contains a collection of keys that were used in several Duke buildings.

Ackland Museum of Art (Proposed), circa 1938

Includes 22 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 3 Folder 88-89
Aims of the University Plaque, 1942
Box 3 Folder 90
Air Conditioning for Colored Clinic, 1944
Box 3 Folder 91
Air Force ROTC Unit, 1951-1957
Box 3 Folder 92
Blueprints, 1950-1951

Includes 18 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 3 Folder 93-94
Correspondence with Office of Horace Trumbauer, 1950-1954
Box 3 Folder 95
Costs, 1951-1955
Box 3 Folder 96
Daily Construction Report, 1951-1954
Box 3 Folder 97
National Production Authority, 1950-1951
Box 3 Folder 98
Specifications, 1951
Box 3 Folder 99
Anderson St. Paving, 1945-1948
Box 3 Folder 100
Apartment House for Pinecrest Road (Proposed), [undated]

Includes 1 architectural drawing.

Box 3 Folder 101
Aboretum Plans and Proposals, 1931

Includes 2 site plans.

Box 3 Folder 102
Architecture of Duke - Addresses by W.P. Few, 1931, [undated]
Box 3 Folder 103
Asbury Building - Renovation Costs, 1948-1949
Box 3 Folder 104
Aycock Hall Alterations, 1949

Includes 4 building plans.

Box 3 Folder 105
Baseball Stadium - Proposed Bleacher Seats Addition, 1936

Includes 4 building plans.

Box 3 Folder 106
Bivens Hall Alterations & Art Building Alterations (formerly Aeronautical Bldg.), 1943

Includes 5 building plans.

Box 3 Folder 107
Branson Building Alterations, 1949-1950

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 3 Folder 108-109
Bus Operation, 1934-1935
Box 3 Folder 110
Cabins for Interns and Medical Students, 1937
Box 3 Folder 111
Camp Butner Dormitories Assigned to Duke, circa 1946-1947

Includes 2 building plans.

Box 3 Folder 112
Camp Butner Veterans Housing, 1945-1946

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 3 Folder 113
Cathedral Terrace Apartments, 1935-1937
Box 3 Folder 114
Acoustics Inquiry, 1941
Box 3 Folder 115
Altar Cloths, 1935
Box 3 Folder 116
Altar Frontals - Blueprints, 1928-1930

Includes 1 drawing.

Box 3 Folder 117
Article, circa 1932-1933
Box 3 Folder 118
Reredos and Cross Additions, 1934-1935

Includes 4 architectural drawings.

Box 3 Folder 119
Sarcophagi, 1935
Box 3 Folder 120
Windows - Plans and Costs, 1936

Includes 4 building plans.

Box 3 Folder 121
Chapel Road Paving, 1947-1948
Box 3 Folder 122
Building Committee of the Board of Trustees, 1946
Box 3 Folder 123
Correspondence with Office of Horace Trumbauer, 1945-1946
Box 3 Folder 124
Estimated Costs, 1946-1951
Box 3 Folder 125
Estimated Costs, 1952-1956
Box 3 Folder 126
General Correspondence, 1944-1945
Box 3 Folder 127
Crowell Building - Renovation Costs, 1948-1949
Box 3 Folder 128
Drama and Dramatic Arts Building - Proposed (old war building to move), 1947

Includes 3 building plans.

Box 3 Folder 129
Duke Centennial Fund, 1938
Box 3 Folder 130
Duke Memorial Methodist Church, 1936-1940
Box 3 Folder 131
Duke Memorial Methodist Church - Blueprints for Chapel, [undated]

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 3 Folder 132
Duke Power Company - Transmission Map, 1928
Box 3 Folder 133
Duke University Golf Course - Financial Statements, 1956-1957
Box 3 Folder 134
Duke University Properties in High Point & Greensboro, NC, 1942-1946
Box 4 Folder 135
Duke University Roads & Utilities, 1946-1949
Box 4 Folder 136
Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard (Bus. 15-501), 1948-1950
Box 4 Folder 137
Durham - Extension of City Limits to include West Campus, 1933

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 4 Folder 138
Durham Roads & Thoroughfares, 1936-1946

Includes 3 maps.

Box 4 Folder 139
Durham Water Meters, 1934
Box 4 Folder 140
East Campus Dormitories - Floor Plans, [undated]
Box 4 Folder 141
East Campus Garages, 1928

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 4 Folder 142
East Campus Map - Existing, Proposed, and Future Buildings, [undated]

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 4 Folder 143
East Campus Plot Plan, 1931

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 4 Folder 144
Engineering and Surveying Equipment, 1933
Box 4 Folder 145
Engineering Buildings - East Campus (proposed), [undated]

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 4 Folder 146
Epworth Inn Alterations, 1949-1951

Includes 5 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 4 Folder 147-148
Erwin Road, 1934, 1940-1941
Box 4 Folder 149
Erwin Road Re-location, 1946-1953

Includes 2 site plans.

Box 4 Folder 150
Faculty Apartments - East Campus (Proposed), [undated]
Box 4 Folder 151
Faculty Club & Guest House (Proposed), [undated]

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 4 Folder 152
Faculty House No. 2 - Proposed Alterations (to make into 2 apartments), 1946

Includes 2 building plans.

Box 4 Folder 153
Faculty Houses on Campus Drive, 1933-1938
Box 4 Folder 154
Few Quadrangle Floor Plans, 1938

Includes 5 building plans.

Box 4 Folder 155
Blueprints and Specifications, 1930-1931

Includes 4 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 4 Folder 156
Costs, 1931-1936
Box 4 Folder 157
Interior Decoration, 1931-1935
Box 4 Folder 158-159
Forestry Building, School of (Proposed), 1937-1938

Includes 1 site plan, and 8 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 4 Folder 160
Garden Projects for the Unemployed, 1933
Box 4 Folder 161
Gate at Entrance Circle - West Campus (Proposed), 1937-1938

Includes 4 architectural drawings.

Box 4 Folder 162
Gilbert-Addoms Residence Hall - Financial Statements, 1956-1957
Box 4 Folder 163
Government Surplus Property - Justification of Need and Supplements, 1946-1947
Box 4 Folder 164
Government Surplus Property - Medical School, Engineering, Physics, Forestry, 1946-1948
Box 4 Folder 165
Grants-in-Aid Program Correspondence, 1947
Box 4 Folder 166
Hanes-Flowers House Exchange Agreement, 1935
Box 4 Folder 167
Hanes House, 1940-1950
Box 4 Folder 168
Hanes House Annex (originally the Auxiliary Nurses Home), 1942-1943

Includes 2 site plans and 1 architectural drawing.

Box 4 Folder 169
Hanes House - Blueprints, 1940-1950

Includes 23 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 4 Folder 170-172
Hanes Residence (Dr. Frederic M.), 1934-1935
Box 4 Folder 173
Hanes Residence (Dr. Frederic M.), 1936
Box 5 Folder 174
Hart House (Dr. Daryl), 1933-1935
Box 5 Folder 175
Heating Plant - West Campus, 1931

Includes 1 architectural drawing and 1 site plan.

Box 5 Folder 176
Hillsborough Quarry, 1947
Box 5 Folder 177
Hospital Addition - Financial Statements, 1954-1957
Box 5 Folder 178
Hospital Diagnostic & Treatment Center - Financial Statements, 1956-1957
Box 5 Folder 179
Hospital Laundry, 1946-1947
Box 5 Folder 180
Hospital, Medical School, and Nurses Home - Alterations and Additions, 1931, 1940-1946

Includes 22 architectural drawings, site plans, and building plans.

Box 5 Folder 181-182
Architect: Office of Horace Trumbauer, 1944
Box 5 Folder 183
Blueprints, 1944-1945

Includes 8 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 5 Folder 184
Contractors, 1944-1945
Box 5 Folder 185
Specifications, 1944
Box 5 Folder 186
War Production Board, 1944
Box 5 Folder 187
Architect: Office of Horace Trumbauer, 1948
Box 5 Folder 188
Blueprints, 1946-1947

Includes 18 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 5 Folder 189
Contractors, 1947
Box 5 Folder 190
Financial Statements, 1946-1950
Box 5 Folder 191
Specifications, circa 1946
Box 5 Folder 192
1946-1949
Box 5 Folder 193
Blueprints, 1946

Includes 10 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 5 Folder 194-195
Payroll Forms (Sampled) - RESTRICTED, 1947
Box 5 Folder 196
Indoor Stadium (Proposed), 1937

Includes 3 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 5 Folder 197
Institutional Salaries, [undated]
Box 5 Folder 198
Insurance Valuation Report, 1933

Includes 2 site plans and lists of square footages.

Box 5 Folder 199
Jarvis Hall Addition and Alteration, 1950-1951

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 5 Folder 200
Kilgo Quadrangle Floor Plans, [undated]

Includes 4 building plans.

Box 5 Folder 201
Kittrell College, 1940
Box 5 Folder 202
Law School (Proposed, in location of present Allen Building), [undated]

Includes 4 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 5 Folder 203
Libraries - Proposed Additions, circa 1945-1946

Includes 2 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 5 Folder 204
Log Cabins for Law Students, 1938
Box 5 Folder 205
Marine Laboratory - Property Plat, 1935, 1954

Includes 1 property plat.

Box 5 Folder 206
Medical Research Building, 1945-1949

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 5 Folder 207
Medical Research Building Addition No. 1, 1947-1951

Includes 1 building plan and 1 site plan.

Box 5 Folder 208
Medical Research Building Addition No. 2 (cancer and heart research building), 1950-1953

Includes 4 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 5 Folder 209-210
Medical School Alterations, 1939
Box 6 Folder 211
National Housing Act, [undated]
Box 6 Folder 212
National Housing Advisory Committee of the American Council on Education, 1946-1948

Myatt was a member of the committee

Box 6 Folder 213
Navy Building (Proposed), 1945
Box 6 Folder 214
North Carolina Colored Orphanage, 1937-1938
Box 6 Folder 215
Northwestern University, 1936-1937
Box 6 Folder 216
Olmsted Brothers, 1945-1946

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 6 Folder 217
Olmsted Brothers - Planting Plan for West Campus, 1930
Box 6 Folder 218
Orange County, NC, 1934
Box 6 Folder 219
Outpatients Clinic and Private Patients Clinic Building - Financial Statements, 1946-1957
Box 6 Folder 220
Page Auditorium Alterations - Contractors, 1953-1954
Box 6 Folder 221
Page Auditorium Alterations - Financial Statements, 1953-1955
Box 6 Folder 222
Pan-Hellenic Building (Proposed), 1935

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 6 Folder 223
Parking, 1949

Includes 9 building plans.

Box 6 Folder 224
Paving and Drainage South of Indoor Stadium (Proposed), 1940

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 6 Folder 225
Pegram Dormitory - Proposed Additions, 1954-1955

Includes 3 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 6 Folder 226
Addition, 1945-1952
Box 6 Folder 227
Addition - Blueprints and Specifications, 1947

Includes 19 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 6 Folder 228-230
Rare Book Room Interior Decoration, 1947-1950
Box 6 Folder 231
1947-1950
Box 6 Folder 232
Blueprints and Specifications, 1947-1948

Includes 9 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 6 Folder 233-234
Addition (Van de Graaff Accelerator Wing), 1950-1953
Box 6 Folder 235
Addition (Van de Graaff Accelerator Wing) - Blueprints and Specifications, 1950

Includes 5 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 6 Folder 236
Plot Plan for Duke University, 1927

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 6 Folder 237
Prefabricated Houses, 1946-1947

Includes 2 building and site plans.

Box 6 Folder 238
Preliminary Building Expense - Faculty Ledger, 1945-1947
Box 6 Folder 239
President's House Furniture Inventory (Mrs. W.P. Few), 1933, 1941
Box 6 Folder 240
Private Diagnostic Clinic Air Conditioning 1954-1957

Includes 2 building plans.

Box 6 Folder 241
Private Patients Building Vestibule, 1945

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 6 Folder 242
Proposed Buildings and Expansion Plans, 1936-1949

Includes 12 architectural drawings, site plans, and building plans.

Box 7 Folder 243
Blueprints, 1946-1947

Includes 2 building plans.

Box 7 Folder 244
Correspondence with War Assets Administration, 1946-1947
Box 7 Folder 245
Financial Statements, 1946-1947
Box 7 Folder 246
Specifications, circa 1946
Box 7 Folder 247
Quadrangle Design - Elevation Drawings, [undated]

Includes 2 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 7 Folder 248
Railroad Equipment Sale, 1936
Box 7 Folder 249
Rental Houses on Erwin Road and Adjoining Streets, 1932-1937

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 7 Folder 250
Rental Properties, 1933-1936
Box 7 Folder 251
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 1936, 1948
Box 7 Folder 252
Sarah P. Duke Gardens - Drainage Area, 1934-1937

Includes 4 site plans.

Box 7 Folder 253
Sewer Line serving Duke and VA Hospital, 1945-1950

Includes 2 site plans.

Box 7 Folder 254
Sewer Lines - Chapel Hill Road, 1946
Box 7 Folder 255
Shands Residence (Dr. A.R.) on Anderson Street, [undated]

Includes 7 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 7 Folder 256
Social Sciences Building (formerly Physics) - Blueprints, 1930

Includes 3 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 7 Folder 257
Social Sciences Building (formerly Physics) - Proposed Addition, 1946

Includes 7 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 7 Folder 258
Southgate Hall - Proposed Addition, 1939

Includes 2 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 7 Folder 259
Statue - James B. Duke, 1935

Includes 1 site plan.

Box 7 Folder 260
Storage Warehouse Addition, 1943-1948

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 7 Folder 261
Swimming Pool (West Campus), 1936
Box 7 Folder 262
Trent Drive Hall, 1950-1953
Box 7 Folder 263
Trent Drive Hall - Blueprints and Specifications, 1950

Includes 8 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 7 Folder 264-265
Trinity College Bell and Cornerstones, 1928, 1938-1943
Box 7 Folder 266
Architect: Office of Horace Trumbauer, 1953-1955
Box 7 Folder 267
Blueprints, 1954

Includes 18 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 7 Folder 268
Contractors, 1954
Box 7 Folder 269
Financial Statements, 1953-1955
Box 7 Folder 270
Specifications, 1954
Box 7 Folder 271
Proposed Addition, [undated]

Includes 2 building plans.

Box 7 Folder 272
Proposed Additions, 1939

Includes 6 building plans.

Box 7 Folder 273
Suggestions for Portrait Locations, [undated]

Includes 2 architectural drawings.

Box 7 Folder 274
University House, 1942
Box 7 Folder 275
Use of Aeronautics Building for NROTC Armory (Proposed), 1947

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 7 Folder 276
Veterans Enrolled, 1947-1948 [RESTRICTED - Student Records]
Box 7 Folder 277
Wannamaker Residence Hall - Financial Statements, 1956-1957
Box 8 Folder 278
Warehouse Building for Drama, 1947-1948

Includes 1 building plan.

Box 8 Folder 279
West Campus Heating Plant Extension, 1950-1953

Includes 4 architectural drawings and building plans.

Box 8 Folder 280
West Campus Women's Toilet Facilities, 1935
Box 8 Folder 281
YMCA Cabin (Proposed), 1938

Includes 2 architectural drawings.

Box 8 Folder 282
York Chapel - Blueprints, 1930

Includes 1 architectural drawing.

Box 8 Folder 283
Key to Gym
Box 11
Key to Lobby to Office - East Duke
Box 11
Key to Back East Door - Craven
Box 11
Key to Box of Lantern Slides
Box 11
Key to Office in Old Post Office
Box 11
Key to Architect's Room
Box 11
Old Dope Shop Key
Box 11
Key to Towel Cabinet (Library)
Box 11
Key to Toilet Paper Cabinet
Box 11
Key to Filing Cabinets
Box 11
Key to Key Cabinet - Old Campus
Box 11
Key to Mr. Duke's Desk
Box 11
Adjusting Key to Thermostat
Box 11
Key to Gates in Quadrangle
Box 11
Key to Front Door to West Duke
Box 11
Key to Old Tom Rigsbee House on Rigsbee Road (Williamson)
Box 11
Key to Potato Room on the Rigsbee Place
Box 11
Key labeled "To Dr. Brown by Murray Jones. From: W.D. Mooney"
Box 11
Miscellaneous unmarked keys
Box 11

The Duke Construction Company was formed in 1927 on the advisement of the Building Committee of the Duke Endowment. In a letter to Duke president R.L. Flowers, N.A. Cocke, Assistant Secretary of the Duke Endowment, wrote:

"It is hardly practicable to conduct the operations in the name of the trustees of The Duke Endowment for the reason that The Duke Endowment has no separate entity apart from the trustees, it not being a corporation. On the other hand while the title to the property is in Duke University the Will and Trust Indenture contemplate that the trustees shall erect the buildings for Duke University and turn same over when completed. With the idea, therefore, of establishing some medium for the purpose of carrying on this construction, it has occured to us that it would be wise to form a corporation, known as the "Duke Construction Company" for the sole purpose of constructing these buildings, with a nominal capital stock so that it will clearly appear that this corporation is merely an agency for carrying out this work."

The Duke Construction Company series consists mainly of financial and corporate records, such as articles of incorporation, tax reports, and a large invoice register. Actual construction plans can be found in the Frank C. Brown Files series and the S.W. Myatt Files series.

The Duke Construction Company was active in the 1930s and into the 1940s, but it then became dormant and was officially dissolved in 1957.

Chart of Accounts, 1927, 1932
Box 8 Folder 284
Chart of Accounts for Private Patients Building, Indoor Stadium, and Few Quadrangle, 1938-1939
Box 8 Folder 285
Construction Plans, 1941
Box 8 Folder 286
Corporate Tax Reports, 1927-1942
Box 8 Folder 287
Cost Analysis Information for Duke Endowment, 1931-1940
Box 8 Folder 288
Estimates of Costs - "New" Duke University, 1928
Box 8 Folder 289
Incorporation, 1927-1931, 1954-1957
Box 8 Folder 290
Invoice Register (includes index), 1938-1940
Box 8 Folder 291
Board of Directors, 1927-1942
Box 8 Folder 292
Duke University Building Committee, 1945-1948
Box 8 Folder 293
Hospital Building Committee, 1944-1948
Box 8 Folder 294
Nurses Home Agreement between Duke University and Dr. and Mrs. Frederic Hanes, 1945
Box 8 Folder 295
Re-valuation of West Campus Buildings, 1933

Includes a detailed list of costs per building.

Box 8 Folder 296
Statement of Construction Ledger, 1931
Box 8 Folder 297
Statement of Estimated Costs, Expenditures, and Obligations, 1932
Box 8 Folder 298

The Desk Diaries series contains 19 volumes of diaries that detail daily events held at Duke. The Operations and Maintenance department served as the central booking agency for campus events, and these diaries record events, places, and times over a nearly twenty-year period.

1931
Box 9 Folder 299
1932
Box 9 Folder 300
1933
Box 9 Folder 301
1934
Box 9 Folder 302
1935
Box 9 Folder 303
1936
Box 9 Folder 304
1937
Box 9 Folder 305
1938
Box 9 Folder 306
1939
Box 9 Folder 307
1940
Box 9 Folder 308
1941
Box 9 Folder 309
1942
Box 9 Folder 310
1943
Box 10 Folder 311
1944
Box 10 Folder 312
1945
Box 10 Folder 313
1946
Box 10 Folder 314
1947
Box 10 Folder 315
1948
Box 10 Folder 316
1949

This diary is located in Box 8.

Box 10 Folder 317

Historical Note

The Operations and Maintenance Department, responsible for care of buildings and grounds, truly began in 1948, but several departments and groups carried out its functions prior to that date. The administration's Business Division had some responsibility for operations; the University Comptroller, Frank C. Brown, was in charge of some aspects of construction in the 1920s; and the Duke Construction Company, formed by the Duke Endowment, also held responsibility for construction. Please see the series scope and content notes for more information on the people and organizations responsible for operations and maintenance.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Brown (Frank C.) Papers, 1899-1943 (Duke University Archives)
  • Business Division Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Building Reference Collection (Duke University Archives)
  • Horace Trumbauer Architectural Drawings Collection (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Operations and Maintenance Dept. Records, University Archives, Duke University.

Provenance

The Operations and Maintenance Dept. Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1972 (A72-15, A72-16) and a gift in 1978 (A78-31).

Processing Information

Processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed June 23, 2004

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, June 30, 2004

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