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Guide to the Bunyan S. Womble papers, 1900-1976

Abstract

Bunyan S. Womble, graduate of Trinity College in 1904 and Trinity Law School in 1906, served actively on the Board of Trustees from 1915-1963, and then as an emeritus trustee until his death in 1976.

The collection includes correspondence, reports, several newspaper clippings, memoranda, charts, and other materials. The bulk of these materials date from 1959-1963 and concern the governance and administration of the University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Womble, Bunyan S., 1882-1976.
Title
Bunyan S. Womble papers, 1900-1976
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.9 Linear Feet, 1800 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The materials within the first and second box include correspondence, reports, several newspaper clippings, memoranda, charts, and other materials. The bulk of these materials date from 1959-1963 and concern the governance and administration of the University. Among the subjects found in the papers are the building of the Law School, the Board of Trustees, the place of religion in the curriculum, the Research Triangle Institute, and the integration of the University.

The third box consists entirely of photographs. The photographs include: 8 Trinity College scenes, 31 portraits of classmates (primarily from the Trinity class of 1904), 1 portrait of John Carlisle Kilgo, 1 portrait of a baseball player (in uniform but unidentified), 1 dormitory room (circa 1904), and 30 miscellaneous and unidentified photographs. The unidentified photos appear to be mostly of family and friends, circa 1900-1910.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee have been removed and placed in the Board's records. A newspaper clipping file on the Edens-Gross controversy has also been removed and placed in Small Collections.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Records of the University's Board of Trustees which have been in existence for at least fifty years are available for scholarly research with the permission of the University Archivist. Access to records which have been in existence for less than fifty years shall be granted only by special permission, in writing, from the Board of Trustees.

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

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

Biddle, Mary Duke Estate, 1960-1962
Box 1
Board of Trustees, 1960-1964 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Board of Trustees, Building Committee, 1960-1962 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Board of Trustee, Bylaws Committee, 1960-1962 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Board of Trustees, Committees, 1962-1963 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Board of Trustees, Correspondence, 1962-1968 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Board of Trustees, Executive Committee (1), 1960-1963 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Board of Trustees, Executive Committee (2), 1960-1963 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Board of Trustees, New and Prospective Members of the Board, 1960-1964 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Board of Trustees, Plans for Medical Center Addition- Architecture of Duke, 1963 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Board of Trustees, Presidential Selection Committee, 1962 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Brower, Alfred Smith "Sol" (Duke University Business Manager), 1959
Box 1
Bryson, E. C. (Duke University Attorney), 1963
Box 1
Class of 1904, 1954
Box 1
Commencement, 1963-1964
Box 1
Correspondence, 1960-1962
Box 1
Correspondence Regarding Chairmanship of Board of Trustees and Chester Davis Article, 1960-1972 [RESTRICTED]
Box 1
Cushman, Robert (Dean of School of Religion/Divinity School) (Information on Presidential Search), 1962
Box 1
Davison, W. C., Symposium on the Commonwealth of Children, 1964
Box 1
Divinity School (Includes correspondence with Dean Robert Cushman, plans for expansion), 1960-1965
Box 1
Duke Chronicle, 1961-1963
Box 1
Duke University Alumni Affairs, National Council, 1961-1965
Box 1
Duke University Bequest Committee, 1960-1965
Box 1
Duke University Center for Southern Studies, 1965
Box 1
Duke University Development Office and Program, 1958-1965
Box 1
Duke University Development, Fifth Decade, 1965-1966
Box 1
Duke University Faculty Benefits, 1962
Box 1
Duke University Faculty-Trustee Liaison Committee, 1960-1963
Box 1
Duke University Founder's Day, 1960-1964
Box 1
Duke University Half-Century Club, 1959-1965
Box 1
Duke University Integration, 1960-1962
Box 1
Duke University Investments, 1961-1963
Box 1
Duke University Loyalty Fund, 1964-1972
Box 1
Duke University, Objectives of the University, 1958-1962
Box 1
Duke University Open House Policy, 1965-1966
Box 1
Duke University, Religion at Duke, 1961
Box 1
Duke University, Symposia at Duke, 1963-1965
Box 1
Edens, A. Hollis Speeches, 1949-1958
Box 1
Edens Resignation, Memoranda and Correspondence (1), 1957-1960
Box 1
Edens Resignation, Memoranda and Correspondence (2), 1958-1976
Box 1
Hart, Deryl (President), Correspondence, 1963
Box 1
Hart, Deryl (President), Cottage at Roaring Gap, 1954-1960
Box 1
Honorary Degree Received at Duke University, Correspondence, 1964
Box 1
Knight, Douglas M, 1962-1966
Box 2
Knight, Douglas M. Inauguration, 1963
Box 2
Lake James Parties, 1958-1970
Box 2
Latty, Elvin Remus "Jack", 1967
Box 2
Law School, 1958-1963
Box 2
Law School Development Advisory Committee, 1965
Box 2
Law School, Miscellaneous Information Used by B.S. Womble for the Dedication of the Law School Building, 1905-1963
Box 2
Legislation (Effects on Duke), 1962
Box 2
Medical School, 1962
Box 2
Perkins, Thomas L., 1961-1964
Box 2
Presidential Search (1), 1960-1965
Box 2
Presidential Search (2), 1960-1965
Box 2
Research Triangle Institute, 1960-1963
Box 2
Research Triangle Institute, Printed matter and promotional material, 1959-1961
Box 2
Reynolds, W.N. Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1961
Box 2
Sanford, Terry, 1963-1970
Box 2
Tisdale, Wright, 1963-1964
Box 2
Traditions (of Duke), 1952-1963
Box 2
Violence on Campus, 1969
Box 2
Womble Scholarship Fund (Law School), 1969-1972
Box 2
Photographs, c. 1900-1910
Box 3

Historical Note

Womble, graduate of Trinity College in 1904 and Trinity Law School in 1906, served actively on the Board of Trustees from 1915-1963, and then as an emeritus trustee until his death in 1976. He was on the Executive Committee from 1950-1963, and was Chairman of the Board from 1960-1963.

Womble's tenure covered a critical period of growth and upheaval. He witnessed the initial admittance of African American students to Duke, President Eden's resignation, the removal of Dr. Gross from the Vice-Presidential office, the interim Hart administration, and the search for a new president that led to Douglas M. Knight. He was also on hand for the dedication of the new Law School building, and was involved in the planning of a new section of the Duke Hospital.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Biographical Reference Collection, 1972 - 2004 (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Board of Trustees Records, 1860 - 2004 (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • J. Deryl Hart Records, 1957 - 1980 (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960 - 2004 (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • University Archives Photograph Collection (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bunyan S. Womble papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Bunyan S. Womble papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1976, 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Alyssa Reinhardt, November 2007

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2007

Accessions A77-60, A86-40 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.