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Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Rankin, Dorothy Newsom, 1911-2002.
Title
Dorothy Newsom Rankin papers, 1894-1997
Language of Material
English
Extent
4.25 Linear Feet, approx. 4000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

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.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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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

Container List

(9 boxes)
D. W. Newsom: Letters, 1891-1903(4 folders)
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Writings - "To the Men of the Golden Star," 1919
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Writings - "In Memory of Everybody's Friend 'Marse Jim' (James Haywood Southgate)" and "Caprice," undated, 1897
Box 1
D.W. Newsom: Writings - "The Philosophy of a Layman," undated
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Postcards and Photographs, circa late 1890's-early 1900's
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Private Account Book, 1895-1900
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Student Diary, 1898
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Diary Transcription and Supplemental Information
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Pernin/Piernan's Shorthand Alphabet
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Miscellaneous
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Correspondence re: Chapel Talks and John Kilgo, 1922-1923
Box 1
D. W. Newsom: Correspondence, 1915, 1948
Box 2
"The American Illustrated Methodist Magazine," 1901 Jan. (includes article on Trinity College written by Prof. Edwin Mims)
Box 2
Salaries of Officers and Teachers at Trinity College, 1922-1923
Box 2
Programs, Commencements, Southern Conservatory of Music, Letters, etc., 1890s, 1901-1905 (includes programs from the Academy of Music in Durham) (7 folders)
Box 2
Programs: Duke-Related Productions, Miscellaneous, 1925-1926, 1930's
Box 2
Programs: Duke Chapel Events, 1930's
Box 2
Programs: Commencement, 1930's
Box 2
Programs: Non-Duke Productions, 1930's (includes "A Brief History of Duke Homestead," circa 1936)
Box 2
Programs: Musical Clubs (various), 1930's
Box 2
Programs: Quadrangle Pictures, 1930's, 1940's
Box 3
Programs: Duke Chapel Events, 1940's
Box 3
Programs: Duke-Related Productions, Miscellaneous, 1940's
Box 3
Programs: Musical Clubs (various), 1940's
Box 3
Programs: Duke-Related Productions, 1950's, 1960's
Box 3
Programs: Duke-Related Productions, Miscellaneous, 1970's
Box 3
Programs: Duke Chapel Events, 1970's
Box 3
Programs: Non-Duke Productions, 1970's
Box 3
Edward Hall Broadhead Cantata, 1936, 1939
Box 3
Class of 1933, 1947-1964 (2 folders)
Box 3
Fannie Kilgo Groome (and Old Trinity), 1968-1982 (2 folders)
Box 3
American Legion Beauty Pageant Program, 1933
Box 3
White Duchy, 1960-1963
Box 3
Sewing Club, circa 1930-1992
Box 4
Campus Club, circa 1946-1956, 1977
Box 4
Town and Campus Club, circa 1967-1970's, 1997
Box 4
Trinity Commencement Choir, 1970's-1980's
Box 4
Trinity, 1970's, undated
Box 4
Phi Kappa Psi, 1950
Box 4
Phi Kappa Psi, 1976-1979
Box 4
Phi Kappa Psi, 1988
Box 4
Phi Kappa Psi: Photographs, circa 1928-1930's
Box 4
Dept. of Political Science, 1964-1990
Box 4
Major Seversky: Robert Rankin's Introductory Remarks, introducing the lecturer (he was Chair of Lecture Committee), 1942
Box 4
"Early History of the Rankin Family," by Robert Rankin, 1961
Box 4
Flag Raising Tradition, 1956
Box 4
Nixon Library, 1981
Box 4
Marse Jack, 1951, 1958, 1982-1983 (2 folders)
Box 5
Marse Jack, 1958, 1964, 1982-1983 (2 folders)
Box 5
Marse Jack, 1983-1984, 1987
Box 5
Marse Jack, 1983-1984, 1988
Box 5
Marse Jack: Photographs, circa late 1890's/early 1900's, 1970's, 1980's
Box 5
Class of 1959, circa 1959-1984
Box 5
Kappa Delta Songbook and Sheet Music, 1932, 1936 March
Box 5
Kappa Delta Scrapbook and Account Book, 1930's-1940's
Box 5
Kappa Delta, 1950's
Box 6
Kappa Delta, 1953-1954
Box 6
Kappa Delta, 1959-1960 (2 folders)
Box 6
Kappa Delta, 1961-1962
Box 6
Kappa Delta, 1960's
Box 6
Kappa Delta, 1976
Box 6
Kappa Delta, undated
Box 6
Kappa Delta Publications, 1954
Box 6
Kappa Delta Publications, 1961-1962
Box 7
Kappa Delta Pledge Paddle, 1956
Box 7
Clippings: Kappa Delta
Box 7
Clippings: Nixon Library
Box 7
Clippings: Trinity/Duke (miscellaneous)
Box 7
Clippings: Douglas Knight Inauguration
Box 7
Clippings: Marse Jack
Box 7
Clippings: Class of 1959
Box 7
Photographs and Negatives
Box 7
Miscellaneous
Box 7
"Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages"
Box 8
"The French Revolution: A History, Vol. II"
Box 8
"The Students' Series of Latin Classics: Exercises in Latin Prose Composition, Part II"
Box 8
"Heroes and Hero Worship"
Box 8
"Hymn Book"
Box 8
Kappa Delta Rush Uniform, circa 1958
Box 9

Historical Note

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.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • 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)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorothy Newsom Rankin Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Dorothy Newsom Rankin Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 2007, 2012.

Processing Information

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.