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Guide to the Trinity College Historical Society Collection, [1492?] - 1981

Abstract

In 1892, Dr. Stephen B. Weeks, a professor of history at Trinity College, organized the Trinity College Historical Society. The goals of the Society were to collect, arrange, and preserve written materials and artifacts illustrative of the history of North Carolina and the South, and to promote the study of Southern history through lectures and publications. The Society benefited from the strong leadership of two history professors, John Spencer Bassett and William Kenneth Boyd. They made wide appeals for donations of historical materials and maintained a museum to house these relics. The meetings of the Society, held several times each year, provided a forum at which students and faculty could read their research papers and discuss their ideas. The best of these papers were published, from 1897 to 1956, in the Historical Papers of the Trinity College Historical Society. The collection includes historical notes about Trinity College and the Society, correspondence, meeting announcements, administrative files, publications, speeches, and artifacts. Materials range in date from [1492?] to 1981.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Trinity College Historical Society collection [1492?] - 1981
Creator
Trinity College Historical Society
Extent
20.0 Linear Feet , 3500 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The collection includes a wide variety of material concerning the Trinity College Historical Society and ranges in date from [1492?] to 1981. The material includes historical notes, about Trinity College and the Trinity College Historical Society and includes transcribed notes, rosters, lists of donations, records, reviews of activities, stationary, and clippings. The correspondence and meeting announcements, [1926]-1981, includes general correspondence about the business of the Trinity College Historical Society and announcements and publicity for upcoming meetings. The administrative files, 1892-1978, includes minutes of the meetings held by the Trinity College Historical Society, and files kept by the presidents, secretaries, and treasurers of the Society. Publications, 1897-1979, include copies of the Historical Papers of the Trinity College Historical Society and newsletters published from 1978-1979. Speeches, 1904-[1980], include notes, original manuscripts, and copies of speeches and papers presented at the meetings of the Trinity College Historical Society. The artifacts, [1492?]-1918, include items collected from all aspects of American life. These relics range from coins and medals, to wooden shoe soles, to a piece of what was thought to be Christopher Columbus's flag.

In January 2007, Box 20 and folders 170 and 173 were transferred to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Contents of the Collection

Includes historical notes about Trinity College, 1890-1901, and the Trinity College Historical Society, 1891-1967, (notes are not complete for all years). Includes transcribed notes from the Trinity Chronicle, rosters, lists of donations, records, reviews of activities, stationary, and clippings.

Trinity College history, 1890-1901
Box 1 Folder 1
Trinity College Historical Society, 1891-1925
Box 1 Folder 2-3
Trinity College Historical Society's list of donations, 1904-1915
Box 1 Folder 4
Record of books put into the Trinity College library by the Trinity College Historical Society, 1909-1919
Box 1 Folder 5
Review of Trinity College Historical Society activities, 1932-1967
Box 1 Folder 6
Membership rosters, 1937-1940
Box 1 Folder 7
Clippings 1940-1952
Box 1 Folder 8
Stationary samples, undated
Box 1 Folder 9

Includes general correspondence about the business of the Trinity College Historical Society and announcements and publicity for upcoming meetings.

Correspondence, [1926]
Box 2 Folder 10
Meeting Announcements and minutes, 1932-1940
Box 2 Folder 11
Correspondence and Reports, 1940-1941
Box 2 Folder 12-13
Correspondence, 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 14
Correspondence, 1950-1953
Box 2 Folder 15
Correspondence, 1951-1953
Box 2 Folder 16
Correspondence, 1954-1956
Box 2 Folder 17
Correspondence and meeting announcements, 1955-1959
Box 2 Folder 18
Meeting announcements, 1955-1980
Box 2 Folder 19
Correspondence, 1957-1958
Box 2 Folder 20
Correspondence and meeting announcements, 1961-1962
Box 2 Folder 21
Meeting announcements, 1962-1966
Box 2 Folder 22
Correspondence and meeting announcements, 1963-1964
Box 2 Folder 23
Correspondence and meeting announcements, 1964-1969
Box 2 Folder 24
Correspondence and meeting announcements, 1964-1969
Box 3 Folder 25
Meeting announcements, 1967-1971
Box 3 Folder 26
Meeting announcements, 1967-1977
Box 3 Folder 27
Correspondence, 1968-1970
Box 3 Folder 28
Correspondence, 1972-1973
Box 3 Folder 29
Correspondence, 1972-1979
Box 3 Folder 30
Meeting announcements, 1972-1974
Box 3 Folder 31
Meeting announcements, 1977-1978
Box 3 Folder 32
Correspondence, 1978-1981
Box 3 Folder 33
Correspondence and meeting announcements, 1979-1980
Box 3 Folder 34
Meeting announcements, 1979-1981
Box 3 Folder 35

Includes minutes of the meetings held by the Trinity College Historical Society, and files kept by the presidents, secretaries, and treasurers of the Society. Records are not available for all years.

1892-1901
Folder 36 Oversize Box 4
1911
Folder 37
1911-1912
Folder 38
1934-1940, 1947
Folder 39
1939-1967
Folder 40 Oversize Box 5
Minutes and reports, 1955
Folder 41 Oversize Box 6
1967-1978
Folder 42
President's Notes, 1946-1958.Includes 2 copies of Nannie May Tilley's book, The Trinity College Historical Society. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1941.
Box 7 Folder 43
Secretary's File, 1964-1965
Box 7 Folder 44
Treasurers' Reports, 1965-[1980]
Box 7 Folder 45
Secretary's File, 1966-1967
Box 7 Folder 46
Secretary's File, 1968-1969
Box 7 Folder 47
Secretary's File, 1970-1971
Box 7 Folder 48
Program questionnaires (representative samples), 1971
Box 7 Folder 49
Secretary's File, 1971-1972
Box 7 Folder 50
Preliminary Questions, undated
Box 7 Folder 51

The Trinity College Historical Society sought to encourage scholarship and writing on Southern history by publishing the best student and faculty papers in its Historical Papers of the Trinity College Historical Society. These papers were published from 1897-1956, with no publications from 1901-1904. Not all issues of the Historical Papers are contained in this collection. A complete set may be found in University Archives. The Society also published a newsletter of its activities from 1978-1979.

Series I. 1897
Box 8 Folder 52
Series IV. 1900
Box 8 Folder 53
Series VIII. 1908-1909
Box 8 Folder 54
Series X. 1914
Box 8 Folder 55
Series XI. 1915
Box 8 Folder 56
Series XIII. 1919
Box 8 Folder 57
Series XIV. 1922
Box 8 Folder 58
Series XV. 1925
Box 8 Folder 59
Series XVI. 1926
Box 8 Folder 60
Series XVII. 1927
Box 8 Folder 61
Series XX. 1936
Box 8 Folder 62
Series XXI. 1937
Box 8 Folder 63
Series XXII. 1938
Box 8 Folder 64
Series XXIII. 1940
Box 8 Folder 65
Series XXIX. 1951
Box 8 Folder 66
Series XXX. 1953
Box 8 Folder 67
Series XXXII. 1956
Box 8 Folder 68
Sept. 27, 1978-April 4, 1979
Box 8 Folder 69

The meetings of the Trinity College Historical Society included speeches given by experts on all aspects of Southern and American history and life. Students were also encouraged to present research papers. Included are notes, original manuscripts, and copies of these speeches and papers.

Bassett, John Spencer. What our Society May Do for N.C. History. Oct. 13, 1904
Box 9 Folder 70
Baldwin, Alice M. Material for the Recent History of Women's Activities in the South. Feb. 6, 1941
Box 9 Folder 71
Boyd, Julian. A Century and a Half of Historical Societies in America. April 9, 1941
Box 9 Folder 72
Colley, Frank. Legal History. Feb. 6, 1941
Box 9 Folder 73
Hamilton, W.B. The Especial Responsibility of Duke University. Feb. 6, 1941
Box 9 Folder 74
Carroll, E.M. History and Historians in the Present Crisis. Oct. 21, 1941
Box 9 Folder 75
Brewster, Lawrence F. An Historical Excursion into the Antebellum Past. May 11, 1942
Box 9 Folder 76
Quynn, Dorothy and William Quynn. Barbara Frietschie. Oct. 12, 1942
Box 9 Folder 77
Patton, James W. Republican Party in N.C., 1876-1895. Jan. 15, 1943
Box 9 Folder 78
Woodfin, Dr. Maude H. The Biography of the Historiography of William Byrd of Westover. Feb. 26, 1943
Box 9 Folder 79
Hammond, Dr. Geo. P. The Southwest Today. May 11, 1944
Box 9 Folder 80
Curtiss, John S. The Recent Revival of the Teaching of Marxism in the USSR. Jan. 14, 1946
Box 9 Folder 81
Reid, R.J. My Experience as a Collector. March 11, 1947
Box 9 Folder 82
Carter, Clarence E. Territorial Papers of the United States: An Interpretation. April 16, 1947
Box 9 Folder 83
Colton, Joel. The Popular Front in France. Dec. 1, 1947
Box 9 Folder 84
Curtiss, John S. The Russian Church and the Famine of 1921. Oct. 20, 1948
Box 9 Folder 85
Laprade, Dr. W.T. Problems in Writing the History of Political Parties. Feb. 15, 1950
Box 9 Folder 86
Speeches. May 15, 1951
Box 9 Folder 87
Crittenden, Christopher. Preserving Tar Heel Archives and Historical Manuscripts. Oct. 25, 1951
Box 9 Folder 88
Durden, Robert Franklin. The Prostate State Revisited: James S. Pike and South Carolina Reconstruction. Feb. 1952
Box 9 Folder 89
Bailey, Dr. Thomas A. The Revolution in American Foreign Policy. Feb. 20, 1952
Box 9 Folder 90
Still, Bayrd. The City in American History. April 18, 1952
Box 9 Folder 91
Hollyday, Frederick. Albrecht von Stosch: A Political Biography of the Bismarckian Period. May 9, 1952
Box 9 Folder 92
Watson, Richard L. Bishop Cannon. Oct. 20, 1952
Box 9 Folder 93
Notes on speeches given at dinner in honor Prof. William T. Laprade. April 24, 1953
Box 9 Folder 94
Laprade, Dr. W. T. Academic Freedom and Tenure in American Colleges and Universities. 7" Sound recording tape. Oct. 22, 1953.

NOTE: University Archives staff needs to format for use copies of Laprade sound recording tape before use.

Box 9 Folder 95
On Anglo-American Law on the Frontier. Dec. 10, 1953
Box 9 Folder 96
Eichelberger, Gen. Robert L. The Military Situation in the Far East since WWII. Dec. 8, 1954
Box 9 Folder 97
Beers, Burton F. Robert Lansing. March 22, 1955
Box 9 Folder 98
Johnson, Allen S. Why George Grenville Taxed America. March 22, 1955
Box 9 Folder 99
Cappon, Lester, J. Channing and Hart: Partners in Bibliography. Nov. 8, 1955
Box 9 Folder 100
Ropp, Theodore. Politics and Military Conscription in the British Commonwealth. Oct. 5, 1959
Box 9 Folder 101
Farr, Dr. David. Canada: The Elements of Survival. Nov. 3, 1960
Box 9 Folder 102
Mackesy, Piers. Lord George Germain and the War for America. Jan. 12, 1962
Box 9 Folder 103
Saywell, Dr. John T. Canada at the Crossroads. Feb. 23, 1965
Box 9 Folder 104
Parker, Harold T. Graduate Education in History. Oct. 26, 1966
Box 9 Folder 105
Watson, Richard L. F.M. Simmons: Local Politician and U.S. Senator. Feb. 21, 1967
Box 9 Folder 106
Scheiner, Irwin. The Ambivalence of Responsibility. [1979-1980?]
Box 9 Folder 107
Scheiner, Irwin. Samurai and Headmen. [1979-1980?]
Box 9 Folder 108
[Graduate Student?] Reports, undated
Box 9 Folder 109
Holley J.B. Ideas and Weapons. Notes and newspaper clipping, undated
Box 9 Folder 110
Ropp, [Theodore]. The History of Naval Strategy, undated
Box 9 Folder 111

The Trinity College Historical Society issued wide appeals for donations of artifacts from all aspects of American life. In 1897, a museum was created to house some of these artifacts. Many items received by the Trinity College Historical Society are documented in the Society's minutes. However, some items listed in the minutes are no longer part of the collection. Manuscripts donated to the Society may be found in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.

Wooden shoe soles, 1865
Folder 112 Oversize Box 10
Lock and key from Rose of Sharon Church, 1906
Folder 113
Piece of cable used by Confederates to protect Plymouth, N.C., 1863
Folder 114
Piece of coat of velvet, undated
Folder 115 Oversize Box 11
Ballast, piece of old saucer, thought to belong to Amadas and Barlowe, [1584?]
Folder 116
Parts of scale used to weigh gold and silver, Cape Fear settlements, ca. 18th century
Folder 117
Glasses found near battlefield of Averasboro, North Carolina, [1865]
Folder 118
Piece of jet from Whitley, England, undated
Folder 119
Lamp burner used in eastern North Carolina, ca. 19th century
Folder 120
Small pair of shoes, undated
Folder 121 Oversize Box 12
Wooden tatting shuttle, undated
Folder 122
Carved bowl of smoking pipe, undated
Folder 123
Brass compass, undated
Folder 124
Silver goblet, undated
Folder 125
Metal container, undated
Folder 126 Oversize Box 13
World's Fair Souvenir, Columbian Exposition medal, 1893
Folder 127
Unidentified coin, 1827
Folder 128
World's Fair souvenir, Christopher Columbus, 1893
Folder 129
Virginia coin, 1773
Folder 130
American 5 cent coin, 1883
Folder 131
British shilling, William IV, 1835
Folder 132
British coin, George III, undated
Folder 133
Medal in honor of Rev. H.G. Leigh, founder of Randolph Macon College, undated
Folder 134
Austrian coin, 1897
Folder 135
Greek coin, 5 lepta, 1869
Folder 136
American Indian head penny, 1895
Folder 137
Mexican coin, 1893
Folder 138
Belgium 10 centimes coin, 1864
Folder 139
Imitation of ancient roman coin, undated
Folder 140
French 50 centimes coin, 1887
Folder 141
Nova Scotia token, 1843
Folder 142
Puerto Rico 20 centimes coin, 1895
Folder 143
Souvenir medal of H.W. Grady, [1895]
Folder 144
French 10 centimes coin, 1879
Folder 145
Prussian coin, 1867
Folder 146
German 2 pfennig coin, 1876
Folder 147
Chinese coin, undated
Folder 148
3 Korean coins, undated
Folder 149
[Brazilian] coin, 1868
Folder 150
3 Chinese coins, undated
Folder 151
Japanese coin, undated
Folder 152
3 Congo coins, 1887, 1888, 1888
Folder 153
Spanish coin, 1788
Folder 154
Mexican 25 centavos coin, 1870
Folder 155
Korean coins, 1894, 1896, 1897
Folder 156
Fragment thought to be from the flag of Christopher Columbus, retrieved by Trinity College student at the Columbian Exposition of 1892, [1492?]
Folder 157 Oversize Box 14
Gavel from Lookout Mountain, undated
Folder 158
2 pieces of pine, containing bullets, taken from the Bentonville Battlefield, [1865]
Folder 159
Japanese ink brush used by Fung Hui So, class of 1926, when writing to his father in China, undated
Folder 160
Spoon mold, used to make pewter spoons for slaves, undated
Folder 161
Piece of wood, undated
Folder 162 Oversize Box 15
Korean money bag, belonged to Rev. J.R. Moose, undated
Folder 163
Piece of pine with bullet from Hatcher's Run battlefield, [1864-1865]
Folder 164
Minnie balls and bullets from "The Crater," Petersburg, Va., [1864]
Folder 165
Paper knife from Green Hill, Louisburg, [N.C.], undated
Folder 166
Woodsmen of the World badge, Pee Dee Camp No. 227, Cheraw, S.C., undated
Folder 167
[Fraternity badge?], undated
Folder 168
Durham Athletic Association badge, undated
Folder 169
Badge worn at Red-Shirt Banquet in Laurinburg, [N.C.], 1899 (transferred to NC Museum of History)
Folder 170
Delegate's badge to the National Democratic Convention, 1892
Folder 171
Confederate Monument unveiling badge, Raleigh, N.C., May 10, 1895
Folder 172
D.L. Russell for Governor, campaign badge, [1897] (transferred to NC Museum of History)
Folder 173
Knights of Honor badge, 25th annual session, Washington, D.C., June 14, 1898
Folder 174
Horse bit used by the U.S. Calvary, undated
Folder 175 Oversize Box 16
Spectacles in metal case, undated
Folder 176
Mold for ball and bullet, undated
Folder 177
Unidentified ivory receptacle, undated
Folder 178
Stirrup, undated
Folder 179 Oversize Box 17
Bullet mold, undated
Folder 180
Bullet mold, undated
Folder 181
Gun shell, undated
Folder 182
Fish tooth, undated
Folder 183
Covered buttons from the clothing of Louis XVI, undated
Folder 184
Buttons from the uniform of an officer in the home guard, worn during the Civil War, undated
Folder 185
Confederate pocketbook carried by Col. G.W. Flowers during the Civil War, undated
Folder 186 Oversize Box 18
[Jug handle], undated
Folder 187
Powder from the Maine, undated
Folder 188
Seal of Roanoke Colony Memorial Association, 1894
Folder 189
Ear trumpet, undated
Folder 190
White beaver hat worn by grandfather of Dr. J.C. Brown at the opening ceremonies of Brown's Schoolhouse in Randolph County, 1838
Oversize Box 19
A shirt worn in the "Red Shirt" campaign 1898 (transferred to NC Museum of History)
Oversize Box 20
Scrimshaw, undated
Folder 191 Oversize Box 21
Pewter wig sprayer, undated
Folder 192
2 spoon molds, undated
Folder 193
Lamp wick trimmer, undated
Folder 194
Candle holder, undated
Folder 195
Minnie balls, undated
Folder 196 Oversize Box 22
Carved wooden pipe bowl, undated
Folder 197
Powder horn, undated
Folder 198
Powder horn, undated
Folder 199
Metal container, undated
Folder 200
Samples of homespun dresses worn by women of Granville County, [1861-1865]
Folder 201
Letter from B.F. Stevens Brown to the Trinity College Historical Society describing cheque enclosed to replace one lost on the S.S. Titanic, May 14, 1912
Folder 202
Election ballot for twenty-eighth election district, county of New York, Nov. 4, 1913
Folder 203
Photostat of four documents belonging to the Trinity College Historical Society, 1851-1852
Folder 204
Editorial about Gov. Samuel W. McCall of Massachusetts, Albemarle Enterprise, June 13, 1918
Folder 205
Knife, 1831
Folder 206
Pair of Brazilian shoes, undated
Folder 207
Bullet mold, undated
Folder 208
Seal used on old North Carolina land grant, undated
Folder 209
Two quivers, quiver caps, and arrows from the Fiji Islands, undated
Oversize Box 23
Bow from the Fiji Islands, undated
Oversize Box 24

Historical Note

In 1892, Dr. Stephen B. Weeks, a professor of history at Trinity College, organized the Trinity College Historical Society. The goals of the Society were to collect, arrange, and preserve written materials and artifacts illustrative of the history of North Carolina and the South, and to promote the study of Southern history through lectures and publications. Active membership in the Society was open to anyone connected with Trinity College or to citizens of North Carolina, while corresponding membership included any persons in any part of the world who were promoters of the study of history. In its early years, the Society benefited from the strong leadership of two history professors, John Spencer Bassett and William Kenneth Boyd. They made wide appeals for donations of historical materials and maintained a museum to house these "relics." The meetings of the Society, held several times each year, provided a forum at which students and faculty could read their research papers and discuss their ideas. Speakers were also invited to give addresses on a wide variety of historical topics. The best of these papers were published, from 1897 to 1956, in the Historical Papers of the Trinity College Historical Society. The Trinity College Historical Society Collection contains material about the Society's activities until 1981. Although there is no documentation on the official end of the Society, the Richard L. Watson, Jr., Papers held by Duke University Archives contains meeting announcements and notes about the Trinity College Historical Society until 1986.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Artifacts Collection. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • John Spencer Bassett Collection. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • William Kenneth Boyd Papers. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • Ninety Nineteen (9019) Records. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • Richard L. Watson, Jr., Papers. (University Archives, Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Trinity College Historical Society Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Trinity College Historical Society Collection was received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1971 (A71-92), 1974 (A74-10), 1984 (A84-92), and 1992 (A92-34). Many items received by the Trinity College Historical Society are documented in the Society's minutes. However, some items listed in the minutes are no longer part of the collection. Manuscripts donated to the Society may be found in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Daniel

Completed September 2003

Encoded by Linda Daniel, September 2003

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