Guide to the Religious Life Reference collection, 1937-ongoing


The Religious Life Reference Collection contains files of clippings, brochures, handbooks, memoranda and other material concerning the religious life of the University community.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
Religious Life Reference collection
Duke University. University Archives
0.8 Linear Feet, 800 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The Religious Life Reference Collection contains files of clippings, brochures, memoranda and other material concerning the religious life of the University community. The bulk of the material concerns student religious life. The handbook, Religious Life, Duke University, 1954-1965 (incomplete run) includes descriptions of student religious organizations, events and programs. Materials in the collection pertain to both local and national religious organizations active at the University. Among the national organizations represented are The Campus Crusade for Christ; United Campus Christian Fellowship, and United Student Fellowship. Local groups represented include campus chapters of denominational organizations, and the Coalition on Chapel Policy, a committee formed in 1979/80 to advocate for changes in the Chapel’s administrative procedures after University Minister Robert Young dismissed Assistant Minister Helen Crotwell.

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Collection is open for research.

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

1. Religious life administration, 1937-1982, undated

Arrangement: alphabetical by folder title

Contents: Reports, handbooks, clippings, flyers, and other materials concerning the administration of religious life activities. Subjects include programming, services, and staffing matters.

Duke University Campus Ministry, 1981-
Duke University Campus Ministry Meditations for Lent, 1981, 1983, 1984 and Meditations for Advent, 1981-1982
Duke University Church
Duke University Parish Ministry, 1971-1981
Minister to the University Reports, 1981
Religious Activities Reports, 1940, 1953
Religious Emphasis Week, 1943-1957 (inc.)
Religious Life: Duke University [handbook], 1954-1965
Religious life advisory group, 1979
Religious life flyers
Religious life clippings

2. Religious organizations, 1953-2000, undated

Arrangement: alphabetical by folder title

Contents: Newsletters, flyers, reports, clippings, and other materials produced by or about local and national religious organizations active on campus.

Baha'i Club, 1971-1981
Baptist Student Union, 1976-1990
Baptist Student Union (at Duke), BSU Broadcaster, 1957
Baptist Student Union (at Duke), The Prophet, 1953
Baptist Student Union of North Carolina, The Reveille, 1954-1957
Campus Crusade for Christ, 1971-1984
Christian Science Organization at Duke University, 1973
Christian Social Action Committee, 1983
Duke Christian Fellowship
Episcopal Student Center, 1959-1987
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Hillel Foundation/Society, circa 1953-1996
Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship, 1968-1981
Islamic Association at Duke, 1979
Muslim Student Association, 1979, 2000, undated
Navigators, 1980
Newman Catholic Student Center, 1984-2000
Political Action in Christ (PAX), 1977
Presbyterian Student Association, 1985-1989, undated
Raptures: A Christian Fellowship, undated
Unitarian Fellowship, 1955-1956
Unitarian Fellowship, Duke-Durham, The Duke Beacon, 1956
United Campus Christian Fellowship, 1968
United Student Christian Coalition Comminique, 1951-1957
United Student Fellowship Encounter, 1956-1957
United Student Fellowship Resource, 1954-1957
University Christian Movement, 1966-1968
Wesley Fellowship Reports, 1989-1996
Wesley Fellowship Newsletters and Flyers, circa 1984

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note


1936 - Office of Religious Activities established

1938 - Duke University Church (non-denominational) founded; disbanded 1985

1956 - Duke University Religious Council founded

1985 - Congregation at Duke University founded

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Duke University Chapel Reference Collection, 1932- (Duke University Archives)
  • Duke University Church Records, 1937-1985 (Duke University Archives)
  • Hindu Student Association Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Lutheran Student Ministry, [1949-1974] (Duke University Archives)
  • Religious Council Records, 1937-1971 (Duke University Archives)
  • Student Organizations Reference Collection (Duke University Archives)
  • United Methodist -Presbyterian Ministry, [1949-1974] (Duke University Archives)
  • Young Men’s Christian Association, Duke University Chapter Records, 1920-1969 (Duke University Archives)
  • Young Women’s Christian Association Duke University Chapter Records, 1930-1970 (Duke University Archives)
  • Young Men's--Young Women's Christian Association Records, 1968-1979 (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Religious Life Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


This collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas Harkins, July 2004

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, September 2006

Updated by Kimberly Sims, August 2010

Updated by Molly Bragg, August 2011

Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.