Guide to the James David Barber Scrapbook, 1939-1996


James David Barber was a Political Science professor at Duke from 1972-1995. The scrapbook includes news clippings, correspondence, family photographs and childhood memories from the years roughly 1939-1996.

Collection Details

Record Group
James David Barber Scrapbook
Barber, James David
0.5 Linear Feet, 1 Item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Entitled "My Life," the scrapbook contains nine sections: My Main Vita, My Books, Professors Blessing Me, My Early Life, My Teaching, My Work to Help Duke University, My Coming Forth for Politics, Some Things I Have Done for Humans, and Pictures. It reflects Professor Barber's work as an educator, author and activist. A substantial portion of the scrapbook contains letters from Barber's former students at Duke. In these letters, the students evaluated Barber's courses in political science. Also included are typescripts of Barber's "What Duke Can Be" and "Duke's Constitution," letters to Barber upon his retirement from Duke and family pictures.

This scrapbook is a xerox copy made by James David Barber in 1996 (includes color scans). The original remains with his family.

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[Identification of item], James David Barber Scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Scrapbook pages 1-79
Box 1
Scrapbook pages 80-201
Box 1
Scrapbook pages 202-282
Box 1
Scrapbook pages 283-341
Box 1
Clipping, addition, 25 June 1996
Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

James David Barber was born in 1930 in Charleston, W. Va. and went on to receive his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Yale University. After teaching at Yale for several years, he joined the faculty of Duke's Political Science Department as Chair in 1972. Barber was well known as a presidential scholar and published numerous books including The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House, The Pulse of Politics: Electing Presidents in the Media Age, Politics by Humans: Research on American Leadership and The Book of Democracy. He served as chair of Amnesty International U.S.A. during the mid-1980s. He remained a community activist in Durham after his retirement from Duke in 1995, helping to raise money for various causes. He died in 2004 at the age of 74.

Related Material

  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Biographical Reference Collection, 1972-2004. (University Archives, Duke University.)

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The James David Barber Scrapbook was received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accession A95-56 is described in this finding aid.