Guide to the John A. Stewman papers, circa 1926-1932


John A. Stewman served as an engineer with the Duke Construction Company from 1928-1932. The collection includes photographs, drawings, and specs. The material ranges in date from about 1926-1932.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
John A. Stewman papers
circa 1926-1932
Stewman, John A., 1900-
1.2 Linear Feet, 139 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Collection contains materials from John Stewman's time as an engineer for the Duke Construction Company during the building of West Campus. The collection largely includes photographs and negatives of the construction of Duke Chapel from December 10, 1930 to May 2, 1932, taken and identified by John Stewman. Also included are engineering drawings and specifications for buildings on West Campus. The material ranges in date from about 1926-1932.


Note that the photographs are in the Photograph Collection (on-site).

Restrictions on Access & Use

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warning Access Restrictions

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

In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.

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. Container List

1 Box
Book with engineering drawings/specs, 1929-1930
Box 1
Book with engineering drawings/specs, 1928-1932
Box 1
Design Notes, 1926-1931
Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

John A. Stewman was an engineer, affiliated with the Duke Construction Company 1928-1932. His uncle, A. Carl Lee was the Chief Engineer of Duke Construction Company and helped oversee the construction of West Campus.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Photograph Collection, 1861-2006. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John A. Stewman Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The John A. Stewman papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1989-1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, December 2006

Accessions A89-97, A90-84, A94-83 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.