Guide to the Baldwin Federation Records, 1971 - 1985


The Baldwin Federation was an undergraduate organization which united Alspaugh, Bassett, Brown and Pegram Residence Halls on the East Campus of Duke University from around 1971 to the early 1980s. Records contain minutes, constitutions, reports, ballots, correspondence, fliers, newsletters, a survey, a pamphlet, printed materials, photographs, and clippings. Major subjects include student life at Duke University, dormitories, residence and education, college freshmen, and the Joe Baldwin festival. Materials range in date from 1971 to 1985. English.

Collection Details

Record Group
Baldwin Federation records
1971 - 1985
Duke University. Baldwin Federation
2.2 Linear Feet, 2,200 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Collection Overview

Contains materials pertaining to the Baldwin Federation at Duke University from 1971-1983.

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[Identification of item], Baldwin Federation Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Establishment and general governance materials, 1971-1972
Box 1
Folder 1
The First Three Years, Baldwin history, 1974
Box 1
Folder 2
Federations -- Evaluation of the Three-Year Trial at Duke University, 1974
Box 1
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1974-1982
Box 1
Folder 4
Executive Committee meeting minutes, 1979-1981
Box 1
Folder 5
Baldwin Federation Constitutions, 1971, 1974, 1979
Box 1
Folder 6
Executive Committee minutes, 1971-1975, 1978-1981
Box 1
Folder 7-9
General Council minutes, 1974-1986
Box 1
Folder 10
Elections, 1975-1976
Box 1
Folder 11
Elections, 1977-1982
Box 1
Folder 12
Correspondence, 1973-1976
Box 1
Folder 13
Participant interviews, 1973
Box 1
Folder 14
Twentieth Century America course, evaluations and notes, 1973
Box 1
Folder 15-16
Twentieth Century America course, 1974
Box 1
Folder 17
Box 1
Folder 18-19
Box 1
Folder 20
Box 1
Folder 21
Box 1
Folder 22
Posters, 1972-1973
Box 1
Folder 23
Drama Club, 1973-1978
Box 1
Folder 24
Arts and Crafts workshop, 1972-1973
Box 1
Folder 25
Joe Baldwin Festival materials, 1975
Box 1
Folder 26
Joe Baldwin Festival materials, 1976-1977
Box 1
Folder 27
Event reports, 1977-1980
Box 1
Folder 28
Holocaust speaker, 1977-1978
Box 1
Folder 29
Joe Baldwin drama and music, 1978-1979
Box 1
Folder 30
Fliers, 1976-1979
Box 1
Folder 31
Daedalus program, 1979-1980
Box 1
Folder 32
Federation leadership workshop, 1976
Box 1
Folder 33
Freshman Orientation Committee, 1973
Box 1
Folder 34
Baldwin Beat newsletter, 1973-1978
Box 1
Folder 35
Baldwin Beat newsletter, 1978-1981
Box 1
Folder 36
Baldwin Beat newsletter, 1982-1983
Box 1
Folder 37
Pamphlet, 1978
Box 2
Folder 38
Community Voice newsletter, 1978
Box 2
Folder 39
Survey, 1980
Box 2
Folder 40
There's No Place Like Home booklets, 1977-1978, 1979-1980, 1984-1985
Box 2
Folder 41
Clippings, 1973-1979
Box 2
Folder 42
Photographs, undated
Box 2
Folder 43

Historical Note

The Baldwin Federation was composed of Alspaugh, Bassett, Pegram and Brown Residence Halls on Duke University's East Campus and was active from about 1971 until the early 1980s. Federation members established small special interest groups, hosted "Joe Baldwin" events, arranged concerts, and performed many one-act and full-length plays. Their residential education program featured several credit courses on subjects concerning twentieth-century American literature, sexuality, health care, and student relationships.

Three other Federations existed on campus around the early 1970s to the early 1980s: the Edens, Few, and Kilgo Federations. For the first time, independent living groups in several of the quadrangles on East and West campuses banded together to form college-type communities within the university setting. Faculty endorsed federations for their potential to help students realize their personal educational goals. Students supported federations because they provided a wider base for friendships and a variety of opportunities for involvement. A federation supplemented the on-campus living experience with a variety of house courses, occasional educational programs, festivals, dances, and parties. Each federation was headed by faculty who were responsible for organizing new programs, guiding governance of the federation structure, and facilitating partnerships among living groups.

In the early 1980s, federations were abolished in order to improve balance between men and women, and between selective and independent living groups on campus. While individual living groups were chartered and occasionally dissolved, the system of selective living, within the parameters of a program of residential living groups within residence halls, remained intact.

Related Material

  • Association of Independent Houses records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Alspaugh Residence Hall Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Bassett Residence Hall Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Brown Residence Hall Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Pegram Residence Hall Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

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The Baldwin Federation Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1975 and 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed January 2003

Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003