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Guide to the Dorothy E. Roberts Papers, 1903-1993

Abstract

Dorothy Roberts worked in the Dept. of English's administration office from 1948 until her retirement in the late 1980's-early 1990's.

The collection includes correspondence, clippings, photographs, printed material and other items created and collected by Dorothy Roberts about the Dept. of English at Duke University. Files largely pertain to the history of the department, focusing heavily on departmental faculty. The collection ranges in date from 1903-1993.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Roberts, Dorothy Elaine.
Title
Dorothy E. Roberts papers 1903-1993
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, approx. 2000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection largely consists of material compiled by Roberts, who functioned as historian of the Dept. of English. Of note are the various lists of faculty, Ph.D. candidates and staff of the department over a number of years. Also included are files she maintained on faculty members, which include correspondence and clippings as well as a file Roberts kept on herself regarding her career at Duke. She also provides her impressions of key departmental staff, namely the chairmen she worked for. In 1982, Roberts donated 14 letters between her and Guy Davenport, a Duke alumnus, regarding Paris and other European cities as well of Davenport's appreciation of James Joyce and Roberts' own love of traveling abroad. Roberts' friendship with Reynolds Price is represented in the collection. There are several folders on him which include correspondence, Christmas cards, photographs, clippings, and an envelope which holds locks of Price's hair. Of particular note is a sketch Price drew of Emily Dickinson that he gave to Roberts. There is also a caricature of Ph.D. candidates, including Price, from 1962.

Administrative Information

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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

Container List

(3 boxes)
Aiken, Ralph, 1958-1959, 1963
Box 1
Applewhite, James, 1977, 1983
Box 1
Armstrong, Joseph, 1903-1986
Box 1
Baum, Paull F., 1980-1986, undated
Box 1
Bevington, Helen, 1983 (includes black and white photo of 1965 Campus Club meeting with Reynolds Price)
Box 1
Blackburn, Roma, 1972, 1983
Box 1
Blackburn, William, 1973-1977, 1983-1985
Box 1
Boyce, Ben, 1962-1970, undated
Box 1
Brown, Frank C., 1977-1981
Box 1
Budd, Louis, 1982-1984
Box 1
Chappell, Fred, 1985
Box 1
Clubbe, John, mid-1960s-1978, undated
Box 1
Cunningham, John, undated
Box 1
Davenport, Guy, 1949
Box 1
Davenport, Guy, 1966, 1981-1986
Box 1
Dearlove, Judy, 1981
Box 1
Durden, Bob, 1944, undated
Box 1
Ferguson, Joanne, 1982-1983
Box 1
Ferguson, Oliver, 1959-1975
Box 1
Fish, Stanley, 1985-1986
Box 1
Fish, Stanley, 1987-1992 (2 folders)
Box 1
Gilbert, Allan, 1981-1982, 1987
Box 1
Gohdes, Clarence, 1960's-1980's
Box 1
Gohdes, Clarence, Pioneers in English at Trinity and Duke, 1987-1988
Box 1
Gopen, George, 1986
Box 1
Gurganus, Allan, 1978, 1989
Box 1
Hubbell, Jay B., 1970-1977, 1984
Box 1
Irving, W. H., 1953, 1979
Box 1
Jackson, David K., 1982
Box 1
Jordan, A. C., 1984
Box 1
Kaufman, Wally, 1961-1993
Box 1
Krueger, Robert, 1960's-1980's
Box 1
Lentricchia, Frank, 1966, 1984, 1988
Box 1
Mitchell, Frank, 1967
Box 1
Morgan, Mary, 1985-1986
Box 1
Patton, Lewis, 1972-1989
Box 1
Reardon, Kenneth, 1971, 1980
Box 1
Reiss, Ed, 1978, 1983, 1985
Box 1
Ryals, Clyde, 1981 Sept. 4
Box 1
Spivey, Robert, 1978, 1984, undated
Box 1
Stevenson, Lionel, 1970-1972, undated
Box 1
Styron, William, 1980, 1984
Box 1
Truesdale, J. (song), undated
Box 1
Tompkins, Jane, 1986, 1993
Box 1
Torgovnick, Marianna, 1983
Box 1
Turner, Arlin, 1962, 1981
Box 1
Tyler, Anne, 1986, 1991
Box 1
Voll, Daniel, 1986
Box 1
Ward, Charles E., 1967-1968
Box 1
White, Newman I., 1947-1948, 1979, undated
Box 1
Williams, Kenny J., 1982-1992
Box 1
Professorships, 1982
Box 1
English 103-104, 1960's-1980's
Box 1
English 106, 1974-1986
Box 1
Freshman English
Box 1
Major Requirements (history of)
Box 1
Accounts of Chairmen - English Dept., 1979-1984
Box 1
Full-time Staff, 1947-1985
Box 1
English Dept. Staff Lists
Box 1
Afro-American Studies - History
Box 1
Duke Press (history of) and American Literature (history of), 1951, 1982-1984
Box 1
THE ARCHIVE (history of)
Box 1
Awards
Box 1
Beginnings: Trinity and Duke
Box 1
Correspondence, 1982-1984
Box 1
Greatest Novels
Box 1
Letters of Commendation, 1950-1976, undated
Box 1
English Dept. Newsletter, 1983-1991/1992
Box 1
Distinguised Professors of Duke University, 1979
Box 1
Inauguration Program: H. Keith H. Brodie, 1985 Sept. 28
Box 1
Ph.D.'s Directed
Box 1
Anne Flexner Award, 1971-1980
Box 1
Freshman English
Box 1
English Dept. Seniority Lists, 1967-1986
Box 1
English Dept. Lists
Box 1
English Dept. Data (2 folders)
Box 2
Sketch of Emily Dickinson by Reynolds Price, 1950
Box 2
Caricatures of English Dept. Ph.D. Candidates, including Reynolds Price, by Marie C. Combs, 1962
Box 2
Reynolds Price Bibliography
Box 2
Reynolds Price: Correspondence, Notes from Gifts, 1980's
Box 2
Reynolds Price: List of 10 Greatest Novels, 1970 June
Box 2
Reynolds Price: Christmas Card,s 1969-1978
Box 2
Reynolds Price: Postcards
Box 2
Reynolds Price: Correspondence, 1961-1966
Box 2
Reynolds Price: Correspondence, 1967-1969, 1970's (2 folders)
Box 2
Reynolds Price: Clippings
Box 2
Reynolds Price: Photographs and Hair
Box 2
Dot Roberts, 1947-1983
Box 3
Notes on English Dept.
Box 3
Duke University Postcards
Box 3
Photograph: Chapel Drive, undated
Box 3
Clippings
Box 3
Printed Material
Box 3

Historical Note

Dorothy "Dot" Roberts was born in Crewe, Virginia and graduated from the University of Richmond with a major in history and a minor in English. She was hired by Duke University in 1948 to work as the office manager for the Dept. of English and was made administrative assistant in 1967. During her time with the department, Roberts worked for 12 different chairmen. She also established many long-lasting friendships with students and faculty during her time at Duke, including Reynolds Price for whom she typed many of his books, her favorite being "A Long and Happy Life." She retired from Duke in the late 1980's/early 1990's and passed away on Feb. 10, 2002.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Dept. of English Records (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Dorothy E. Roberts Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1982, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, September 2011

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, September 2011

Accession UA2011-0025 and Roberts' gift from 1982 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.