Guide to the William Edward Whitford Papers, 1955-1966


A Duke University Alum, William Edward Whitford eventually became manager of Duke's Physical Plant Operations and Maintenance. His collection includes bound date books from the years 1955-66.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
William Edward Whitford papers
Whitford, William Edward, 1902-1984
0.5 Linear Feet, 12 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains 12 of Whitford's date books from the years 1955 to 1966. Date books include entries for personal, social and cultural events, many of which took place at Duke.

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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
Date Books, 1955-66
Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

William Edward Whitford was an undergraduate at Trinity College in Durham, NC, where he served as a laboratory assistant in physics and organized the school's first student laundry system. After graduating in 1927, he became an employee of Duke University, and in 1930, he became the first resident of West Campus. During his 45 years working for Duke, he served as building inspector, facilities coordinator, Director of Operations and Maintenance, assistant business manager for the University and senior consultant in engineering affairs and planted many of the oak trees on Duke's West Campus. He died in 1984.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • William Edward Whitford Taped Conversation Spring 1981. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Operations and Maintenance Dept. Records, 1919-1957. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Educational Facilities Committee Records, 1962-1986. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Building Reference Collection, 1972-2004. (University Archives. Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Edward Whitford Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The William Edward Whitford Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accession is described in this finding aid.