Guide to the Duke University Union Records, 1954-ongoing
Dorothy Newsom Rankin graduated from Duke University in 1933.
The collection includes family papers accumulated by Dorothy Newsom Rankin and her father, D. W. Newsom, related to their ties with and the history of Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) and Duke University.
- University Archives, Duke University
- Rankin, Dorothy Newsom, 1911-2002.
- Dorothy Newsom Rankin Papers, 1894-1997
- Language of Material
- 4.25 Linear Feet, approx. 4000 Items
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The collection includes family papers accumulated by Dorothy Newsom Rankin (1911-2002), and her father, D. W. (Dallas Walton) Newsom (1873-1949). It includes correspondence, notes, a student diary by Newsom, clippings, photographs, objects, and other materials relating to Trinity College, Duke University, Kappa Delta sorority, and Phi Kappa Psi. Newsom learned shorthand prior to entering Trinity College. Newsome's diary is written in shorthand but has been translated, a copy of which accompanies the original diary. There are also files about "Marse Jack," the old Trinity College bell on East Campus and the controversy regarding the desire of some to have it moved to West Campus. Dorothy Newsom Rankin lead the charge to keep it on East Campus, the original site of Trinity College.
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Dorothy Newsom Rankin was the daughter of D. W. (Dallas Walton) Newsom (Trinity Class of 1899) and Tempie Battle. She graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 1933. While a student, she was elected Phi Beta Kappa, served as senior class president of the Woman's College as well as May Day Queen her senior year, and was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and White Duchy. Dorothy married Professor Robert Rankin shortly after her graduation in 1933. She was actively involved in University life until her death in 2002. She has the distinction of being not only a Duke alumnae, but also a faculty wife, and the daughter, mother, and grandmother of Duke alumni.
Rankin's father, D. W. Newsom attended Trinity College from 1895-1899. While a student, he worked as the personal secretary for President John Kilgo. He also edited the literary magazine The Trinity Archive, was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of 9019, Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Upsilon. After graduation, Newsom worked as Trinity College's registrar (1901-1907) and treasurer (1907-1923). He died in 1949.
- Rankin, Robert S. (Robert Stanley), 1899-1976.
- Rankin, Dorothy Newsom, 1911-2002.
- Newsom, D. W. (Dallas Walton), 1873-1949.
- Duke University--History--20th century.
- Trinity College (Durham, N.C.)--History--19th century.
- Duke University--Alumni and alumnae.
- Trinity College (Durham, N.C.)--Alumni and alumnae.
- Kappa Delta Sorority. Sigma Delta Chapter (Duke University).
- Bells--North Carolina--Durham.
- Robert S. Rankin Papers (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
- Robert S. Rankin Papers (Duke University Archives)
- D. W. Newsom Papers (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
- D. W. Newsom Papers (Duke University Archives)
- Kappa Delta Records (Duke University Archives)
[Identification of item], Dorothy Newsom Rankin Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Dorothy Newsom Rankin Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 2007, 2012.
Processed by Kimberly Sims, August 2012
Encoded by Kimberly Sims, August 2012
Accessions UA2008-0021 and UA2012-0015 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.