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Guide to the Mary Robinson Papers, 1948-2010 (bulk 1948-1985)

Abstract

Mary Robinson was a 1949 graduate of the Woman's College at Duke University. Robinson was also member of the White Duchy, the women's equivalent of the Red Friars honorary society.

Collection contains material pertaining to the White Duchy and her 1949 classmate and fellow White Duchy member, Nancy Hanks, eventual head of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Council on the Arts, 1969-1977.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Robinson, Mary.
Title
Mary Robinson papers 1948-2010 (bulk 1985-2000)
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 400 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Contains material pertaining to the Order of the White Duchy and Nancy Hanks. Materials present include correspondence between Mary Robinson and Nancy Hanks, rituals surrounding the White Duchy; the Lucky Number, the newsletter of the White Duchy; clippings concerning the death of Nancy Hanks; the creation of the Nancy Hanks Center; and color photographs and slides documenting reunions, the Cashiers, North Carolina home of Nancy Hanks, and bequests to the Museum of Art from the estate of Hanks.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the University Archives to use this collection.

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

Correspondence, 1950-2000
Box 1
Clippings, 1983
Box 1
Correspondence Re: Nancy Hanks' death and memorial services, 1983
Box 1
Estate of Nancy Hanks, 1983, 1985
Box 1
Friends of the Nancy Hanks Center, 1984
Box 1
Lucky Number , a White Duchy newsletter, 1957-1958
Box 1
Nancy Hanks Center, undated
Box 1
Nancy Hanks, genealogy, undated
Box 1
Bequests of Nancy Hanks to the Duke Museum of Art
Box 1
Nancy Hanks Center [Washington, D.C.]
Box 1
Nancy Hanks home in Cashiers, North Carolina
Box 1
People
Box 1
Slides
Box 1
White Duchy, 1948-1974
Box 1
Memoirs, 2009-2010
Box 1

Historical Note

Mary Robinson was a 1949 graduate of the Woman's College at Duke University. While at Duke she was honored with a membership in the Order of the White Duchy where she met fellow Class of '49 member Nancy Hanks. Nancy Hanks went on to become head of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Council on the Arts. Robinson, Hanks, and other Duchy members of their class became lifelong friends and held reunions whenever possible.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Nancy Hanks Papers, 1894-1987 (bulk 1945-1983) (Duke University Archives/Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library)
  • Order of the White Duchy Records, 1925-1968 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Woman’s College Oral History Project Records, 2003-2006 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Woman’s College Records, 1928-1974 (Duke University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mary Robinson Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Mary Robinson Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Josh Larkin Rowley, May 2009

Encoded by Josh Larkin Rowley, May 2009

Accession UA2008-19 is 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.