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Guide to the Department of Religion Records, 1954-1978

Summary

The Department of Religion Records, 1954-1978, contains materials relating to the activities and operation of the Department of Religion. The Department of Religion offers undergraduate and graduate level courses surrounding numerous aspects of religious study. The collection includes information relating to the management of both academic and administrative affairs and includes correspondence, committee meeting minutes, event planning materials, budgetary information and other documents that illustrate the development of the Religious Studies program as well as the functioning of the department during this time.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.25.35.0001
Title
Department of Religion records
Date
1954-1978
Creator
Duke University. Department of Religion
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Department of Religion Records contains correspondence, committee meeting minutes and faculty recruitment and departmental budgetary information produced by the Department of Religion between 1954-1978. The collection also provides information on curriculum and course development, planning materials for events and speakers hosted by the department and information about proposals for new professorships including a faculty exchange program with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The Department of Religion Records also includes materials related to development of the Masters and PhD. programs including dissertation proposals and sample copies of PhD. examinations. The collection also contains copies of the departmental newspaper, Tower of Babel, and information related to two departmental self-studies conducted in 1965 and 1975.

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Using These Materials

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warning Access to the Collection

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended, Duke University permits students to inspect their education records and limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records.

Records, such as search committee files or others pertaining to employment where individuals are identified, are closed for 70 years.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48-hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

warning Use & Permissions

Copyright for official university records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], in the Department of Religion Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Ad Hoc Committee on Teaching for Graduate Students, 1972-1973
Box 1
Folder 1
Budget-- Correspondence, 1972-1973
Box 1
Folder 2
Budget-- Correspondence, 1973-1974
Box 1
Folder 3
Budget-- Correspondence, 1974-1975
Box 1
Folder 4
Budget-- Correspondence, 1975-1976
Box 1
Folder 5
Budget-- Correspondence, 1976-1977
Box 1
Folder 6
Budget-- Correspondence, 1977-1978
Box 1
Folder 7
Center for Christian Family Life Education (Proposed), 1973-1974
Box 1
Folder 8
Committees--general, 1971
Box 1
Folder 9
Correspondence, 1968
Box 1
Folder 10
Correspondence, 1968-1969
Box 1
Folder 11
Correspondence, 1969
Box 1
Folder 12
Correspondence, 1970
Box 1
Folder 13
Correspondence, 1970-1971
Box 1
Folder 14
Correspondence, 1971
Box 1
Folder 15
Correspondence, 1971-1976
Box 1
Folder 16
Course Descriptions (and Reviews), 1970-1974
Box 1
Folder 17
Course Material, 1971-1972
Box 1
Folder 18
Dissertation Committees, 1972-1977

Restricted until 2052

Box 1
Folder 19
Examinations (Samples), 1972-1976
Box 1
Folder 20
Faculty Exchange--University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1973-1976
Box 1
Folder 21
Graduate Studies in Religion--Executive Council, 1966-1967
Box 1
Folder 22
Graduate Faculty--Executive Committee, 1972-1978
Box 1
Folder 23
Graduate Studies in Religion--Executive Council, 1967-1968
Box 1
Folder 24
Graduate Studies in Religion--Executive Council, 1968-1969
Box 1
Folder 25
Graduate Studies in Religion--Executive Council, 1969-1970
Box 1
Folder 26
Graduate Studies in Religion--Executive Council, 1970-1971
Box 1
Folder 27
Honors Program, 1970-1975
Box 2
Folder 1
Henry B. Luce Grant, 1972-1975
Box 2
Folder 2
Independent Study--applicant instructions, 1975
Box 2
Folder 3
Independent Study, 1971-1972
Box 2
Folder 4
Independent Study, 1972

Restricted until 2047

Box 2
Folder 5
Independent Study, 1972-1973

Restricted until 2048

Box 2
Folder 6
Independent Study, 1973-1974

Restricted until 2049

Box 2
Folder 7
Independent Study, 1974

Restricted until 2049

Box 2
Folder 8
Majors, 1968-1974
Box 2
Folder 9
Memoranda, University others, 1973-1978
Box 2
Folder 10
Minutes, Correspondence--General, 1954-1963
Box 2
Folder 11
Minutes, Correspondence--General, 1957-1963
Box 2
Folder 12
Minutes, Correspondence--General, 1964-1966
Box 2
Folder 13
Minutes, Correspondence--General, 1966-1970
Box 2
Folder 14
Minutes, Correspondence--General, 1970-1975
Box 2
Folder 15
Miscellaneous--Appreciation Plaque for James Henry Phillips, 1977
Box 2
Folder 16
Organizations/Events--American Academy of Religion, 1974-1975
Box 2
Folder 17
Organizations/Events--Miscellanous Papers in "High God", 1964-1968
Box 2
Folder 18
Organizations/Events: 1964 Conference on the High God in Africa--Papers, 1964
Box 3
Folder 1
Organizations/Events: 1964 Conference on the High God in Africa--Papers, 1964
Box 3
Folder 2
Organizations/Events--Summer Seminar in Israel, 1973
Box 2
Folder 19
Organizations/Events--Symposium on Christian Origins, 1972-1975
Box 2
Folder 20
Poteat, Wiiliam H-- personal correspondence, 1973-1975
Box 2
Folder 21
Poteat, Wiilliam H--speaking engagements, 1972-1975
Box 2
Folder 22
Program II, 1970-1974
Box 2
Folder 23
Residential Life Committee (T. Langford, Chairman), 1969-1970
Box 2
Folder 24
Self-Study, Departmental, 1965
Box 2
Folder 25
Self-Study, Departmental, 1975
Box 2
Folder 26
Special Programs, 1973-1975
Box 2
Folder 27
Summer Session, 1964-1974
Box 2
Folder 28
Visitor--interviews for faculty positions, 1977
Box 2
Folder 29
 

Historical Note

In 1960, the existing graduate and undergraduate programs in religious studies at Duke University were consolidated into the Department of Religion under the provision of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Religion offers an undergraduate major and minor in Religious Studies, M.A. in Religious Studies and a nationally regarded PhD. program. The Department of Religion studies major world religious traditions including Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism and Taoism. The department also offers courses examining the core philosophical notions and broader impacts of religion on human life. Prominent faculty from the department have included William H. Poteat, an influential scholar on the Post-Critical mode of thinking who served as department chairman from 1972-1978 and Thomas Langford who later served as dean of the Duke University Divinity School from 1971-1981 and as Provost from 1991-1994.


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Provenance

Transfer, 1974-1984, 1992

Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth J. Hannigan, August 2015