Guide to the Alspaugh Residence Hall Records, 1949 - 1979


Alspaugh Residence Hall is an undergraduate dormitory on the East Campus of Duke University. Records include events calendars, correspondence, subject files, notes, minutes, and newsletters. Major topics include undergraduate life at Duke University, residence halls, the Baldwin Federation, the Association of Independent Houses, and women college students. Materials date from 1949 to 1979. English.

Collection Details

Record Group
Alspaugh Residence Hall records
1949 - 1979
Duke University. Alspaugh Residence Hall
0.2 Linear Feet, 200 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Collection Overview

Contains calendars of activities, lists of officers, meeting notes, subject files regarding living conditions and a food fight, general residence hall governance materials, some correspondence, and newsletters pertaining to Alspaugh Residence Hall, a Duke University dormitory.

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[Identification of item], Alspaugh Residence Hall Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Calendar of events, ca. 1978-1979
Box 1
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1976-1977
Box 1
Folder 2
Duties of officers, 1975
Box 1
Folder 3
House Council officer lists and meeting notes
Folder 4-9
Box 1
Box 1
Box 1
Box 1
Box 1
Box 1
House meeting minutes, 1974-1975
Box 1
Folder 10
Living conditions, general materials and correspondence, 1978-1979
Box 1
Folder 11
Food fight, general materials and correspondence, 1978
Box 1
Folder 12
Association of Independent Houses, 1975-1979
Box 1
Folder 13
Office of Student Affairs, 1978-1979
Box 1
Folder 14
The Baldwin Beat, 1976-1977
Box 1
Folder 15
Alspaugh newsletter, ca. 1977-1979
Box 1
Folder 16

Historical Note

The first Alspaugh Hall was built in 1902 on Duke University's East Campus, then Trinity College. The building was known as North Dormitory until September 1912, when it was named for Colonel Alspaugh, then Trinity's oldest living alumnus. The building was deconstructed in 1927, and rebuilt at Kittrell College in Kittrell, North Carolina.

The second Alspaugh Hall was completed and occupied in 1926. It was first known as Dormitory No. 2. Like the other dormitories in the Georgian quadrangle, Dormitory No. 2 was designed to accommodate approximately 110 persons and originally contained fifty single rooms, thirty double rooms, three parlors, a suite for the head of the house, kitchenette, pressing room, reception room, and offices. In 1930, the dormitory was again named for Colonel Alspaugh, when the opening of West Campus allowed what had been the Trinity College campus (now East Campus) to become the Woman's College of Duke University.

Alspaugh Residence Hall was part of the Baldwin Federation, a unifying body for advocacy and decision making for Alspaugh, Bassett, Brown, and Pegram, undergraduate residence halls on East Campus. There were six representatives from the houses, which also included fraternities Omicron Zeta and Beta Phi Zeta.

From around 1940 through the early 1980s, Alspaugh Residence Hall was home to undergraduate women. Alspaugh Residence Hall is located on East Campus between Lilly Library and Pegram Hall, adjacent to the tennis courts.

Related Material

  • Association of Independent Houses records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Baldwin Federation records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

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The Alspaugh Residence Hall Records was received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed January 2002

Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003