Guide to the J. H. Chappell Collection, 1922-1927, 1967


J. H. Chappell graduated from Duke University in 1926. The collection includes photographs, Trinity College and Duke University memorabilia, student notebooks, and other materials collected by Chappell during his years at Trinity College/Duke University. The collection ranges in date from 1922-1927, with one item dated 1967.

Collection Details

Record Group
J. H. Chappell collection
1922-1927, 1967
Chappell, John Herbert
4.2 Linear Feet, approx. 100 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Chappell's collection contains quite a bit of Trinity College related material. One box includes a couple of Trinity College banners and pennants as well as pennants believes to be associated with Trinity Park High School. Also includes are Chappell's letters he earned in athletics. Of particular note is a pennant for the Hesperian Literary Society.

Additionally, the collection includes Chappell's admission card, class schedule cards for his four years, his membership certificate for the Order of the Tombs, grade reports, event fliers and programs, atheletics memorabilia including ticket booklets and schedules,Durham-specific business cards and advertisements, student notebooks and correspondence.

There are several photographs and negatives of Trinity/Duke athletes (football, baseball and track) as well as students playing in the snow on what is now East Campus. There is a panorama from 1925 of the Duke University student body and faculty as well as of company c. 13th engineers at Ft. Humphreys, V.A. (1927) in addition to a mounted photograph of a baseball team. The players are not uniform but a few are wearing caps with a "D" on them.

The collection ranges in date from 1922-1927, with one item dated 1967.

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[Identification of item], J. H. Chappell Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1922, 1923, 1928
Box 1
Student Notebooks: Math and English, circa 1922-1926
Box 1
Outlines of English Literature, 2 by Frank C. Brown and other members of the English Dept., 1925
Box 1
Field Book, 1924
Box 1
Class Schedule Cards, 1922-1926
Box 1
Physics Laboratory Manual by C. C. Hatley, 1925
Box 1
Booklet: Trinity College, 1923
Box 1
Business and Advertisement Cards (Durham, N.C.), circa 1922-1926
Box 1
Duke Athletics (ticket booklets, schedules), 1924-1927
Box 1
Event Fliers and Programs, circa 1924-1927
Box 1
French Examination Questions, 1923 Jan. 29
Box 1
Trinity College Receipts, 1922-1926
Box 1
Grade Reports and Admission Card, 1922, 1923
Box 1
Certificate of Membership: Order of the Tombs, 1925
Box 1
Duke Decals, undated
Box 1
YMCA and YWCA Handbook, 1922-1923; Constitution of the Men's Association of Trinity College, 1922
Box 1
Miscellaneous: Clippings, Signature Cards, 1924, undated
Box 1
Duke General Scholarship Fund: Certificate, 1967
Box 1
Photographs and Negatives, circa 1922-1926
Box 1
Football Pin Beat Wake Forest, 1922
Box 1
Trinity Banners and Pennants, circa 1922-1926
Box 2
"D" letters, circa 1925-1926
Box 2
Hesperian Literary Society pennant, circa 1922
Box 2

Historical Note

John Herbert Chappell, of Durham, N.C., graduated from Duke University in 1926. He was a student during the University's transition from Trinity College. While at Duke, Chappell participated in both freshman and varsity football and baseball (lettering in baseball) and class wrestling. He was also a member of the "D" Club (for lettered athletes) and the Order of the Tombs.

Separated Material

Separated Material

The panoramic images and the mounted baseball photograph were placed in the map cabinet. The panoramics are in drawer one and the mounted baseball photograph is in drawer two.

Related Material

  • Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) Reference Collection (Duke University Archives)
  • Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) Athletic Association Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) Baseball Scorebook (Duke University Archives)

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The J. H. Chappell Collection was received by the University Archives as a gift in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, June 2009

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2009

Accession A2002-0074 is described in this finding aid.