Guide to the Talent Identification Program (TIP) Records, 1980-Ongoing


The Talent Identification Program (TIP) was established in 1980. TIP identifies gifted seventh graders, and the students then spend a summer at Duke taking courses taught by the University's faculty. The program is supported by endowments and fees.

The collection includes bulletins, brochures, correspondence, application materials, articles, syllabi, lists of students, flyers and other records.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Duke University. Talent Identification Program. (TIP)
Talent Identification Program (TIP) records 1980-Ongoing
Language of Material
3.0 Linear Feet, 1700 Items
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection includes bulletins, brochures, correspondence, clippings, application materials, articles, syllabi, lists of students, flyers and other records. Topics include talented students and Duke University faculty.

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.

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.

For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended, Duke University permits students to inspect their education records and limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records.

Portions of these materials are restricted by donor request.

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 1980-Ongoing

3.0 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Files in this collection are arranged into subseries according to their accession numbers. Some files in this collection are restricted by the donor. Administrative records are restricted for 25 years from the date of origin. Please contact research services for more information.

Speeches and Remarks, 1981-1983
Box 1
Advanced American Studies (materials), 1983
Box 1
The Experience of Words (materials), 1983
Box 1
Literary Explorations, parts 1-4, 1983
Box 1
Latin I-By-Mail (materials), 1983
Box 1
Latin II-By-Mail (materials), 1983
Box 1
Latin III-By-Mail (materials), 1983
Box 1
Intensive German Program (IGP), 1981
Box 1
By-Mail Program Manual, 1983-1984
Box 1
Grammar-By-Mail (materials), 1983
Box 1
Biology-By-Mail (materials), 1983
Box 1
Records, 1980-1981
Box 1
Program Records, 1981-1985 (3 folders)
Box 1
Miscellaneous, 1982-1984 (3 folders)
Box 1
Awards Program, talent search, 1982
Box 1
Awards Ceremony Programs, 3rd annual talent search, 1983
Box 1
Clippings, miscellany, 1980
Box 1
Box 1
Printed Matter
Box 1
Speeches and remarks
Box 1
Bulletins, leaflets, applications, etc.
Box 1
Articles, 1986
Box 2
Printed Matter, 1986-1987
Box 2
Application Forms, brochures, etc., 1986-1987
Box 2
Printed Matter, 1987-1988
Box 2
Printed Matter, 1988-1989
Box 2
Printed Matter, 1989-1990
Box 2
Printed Matter, 1990-1991
Box 2
"Talent Tabloid," 1982-
Box 2
Printed Matter, 1985-1986
Box 2
Box 2
Award Ceremony Program, 1984-1987
Box 2
TIP Newsletter
Box 2
Correspondence, 1980-1982 RESTRICTED
Box 2
Student Roster, 1981-1983 RESTRICTED
Box 2
Class, Archaeology, 2001
Box 2

Historical Note

The Talent Identification Program (TIP) was established in 1980; Robert N. Sawyer was the program's director. TIP identifies gifted seventh graders based on ther SAT and ACT scores. The students then spend a Summer at Duke taking courses taught by the University's faculty; foreign study is also provided. The program is supported by endowments and fees. Sawyer resigned as director in 1990.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Talent Identification Program (TIP) Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Talent Identification Program (TIP) Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, February 2007

Encoded by Molly Bragg, April 2011

Accessions 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.