Guide to the Bassett Residence Hall records, 1950-1979


Completed and occupied in the spring of 1927, Bassett Hall was first known as Dormitory No. 4. Bassett Residence Hall was home to female undergraduate students from the 1930s through the early 1990s. Types of material included in this collection are: correspondence, constitutions, financial summaries, minutes, notes, newsletters, clippings, a biography, rules, and scrapbooks. Major subjects include: Duke University, Trinity College, Bassett Hall, living groups, and female students. Materials date from 1950-1979.

Collection Details

Record Group
Bassett Residence Hall records
Duke University. Bassett Residence Hall
1.5 Linear Feet, 1500 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains minutes of house meetings, financial summaries, house notebooks, a questionnaire, materials for new students, newsletters, general rules, and scrapbooks pertaining to the undergraduate female residents of Bassett Residence Hall at Duke University from 1950-1979.

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Bassett Residence Hall governance and activities, 1950-1979, undated, 1950-1979, undated

Contains correspondence with new and returning students (also includes some photographs), house officer duties and lists, constitutions and some revisions, general house rules, minutes of monthly House Council meetings, notebooks kept by the house president, clippings, and a brief biography of John Spencer Bassett.

Correspondence, 1968
Box 1
Correspondence, 1969, 1979
Box 1
Council officers, duties and lists, 1954-1970
Box 1
Constitutions, 1965-1969
Box 1
Financial, 1972-1979
Box 1
Minutes, 1948-1979
Box 1
President's Notebooks, 1953-1962
Box 2
General house rules, 1964-1969
Box 2
Resident questionnaire, 1968
Box 2
The Houndstooth newsletter, circa 1969
Box 2
Freshman Week and Freshman Advisory Council, 1966-1968
Box 2
Fliers and announcements, circa 1968-1969
Box 2
Clippings, 1950-1962
Box 2
Biography of John Spencer Bassett, undated
Box 2

2. Advisory and governance groups, 1954-1979

Contains general correspondence, recommendations, and rules pertaining to the governance and organization of residence halls for women. The Baldwin Federation file pertains to residence hall governance and planning as part of a group of East Campus dormitories.

Baldwin Federation, circa 1977-1979
Box 2
Freshman Advisory Council, 1954-1955
Box 2
Women's Student Government Association, circa 1967-1969
Box 2
Women's Residence Council, 1969
Box 2
General Woman's College, Trinity College, and Duke University rules for female residents, 1968-1979
Box 2

3. Scrapbooks, 1962-1967

Contains scrapbooks created by residents of Bassett Hall. The scrapbooks contain photographs, clippings, short writings, and some correspondence. Ordered by date.

Scrapbook 1, 1962-1963
Box 3
Scrapbook 2, 1965-1966
Box 3
Scrapbook 3, circa 1966-1967
Box 3

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Completed and occupied in the spring of 1927, Bassett Hall was first known as Dormitory No. 4. Like the other dormitories in the East Campus Georgian quadrangle, Dormitory No. 4 was designed to accommodate approximately 110 people 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, it was renamed in honor of John Spencer Bassett, a professor of history at Trinity College (now Duke University).

Bassett Residence Hall was home to female undergraduate students from the 1930s through the early 1990s. The Omicron chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority lived in Bassett Residence Hall from 1930-1935. Over the years, general direction for residential living groups came from Duke University, Trinity College and the Woman's College.

The women of Bassett Residence Hall also relied on the guidance and rules of the Women's Student Government Association, the Women's Residence Council, the Freshman Advisory Council, and the Baldwin Federation. The Baldwin Federation was established in 1974 to represent interests of undergraduate residents of Alspaugh, Basset, Brown, and Pegram Houses. As of 2006, Bassett Residence Hall remains co-ed and non-selective.

Related Material

  • Arts and Sciences Council records (Duke University Archives)
  • Association of Independent Houses records (Duke University Archives)
  • Baldwin Federation records (Duke University Archives)
  • Few Federation records (Duke University Archives)

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The Bassett Residence Hall records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1980.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, September 2006

Accession A80-20 is described in this finding aid.