Guide to the Henry R. Dwire Papers, 1897-1944


Henry R. Dwire was an alumnus of Trinity College and was appointed Duke University Vice President in 1941 and Director of Public Relations and Alumni Affairs in 1944. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, photographs, certificates and a diploma. The collection ranges in date from 1897-1944.

Collection Details

Record Group
Henry R. Dwire papers
Dwire, Henry R.
1.2 Linear Feet, 250 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection contains Dwire's high school diploma, two certificates, correspondence, photographs, and clippings. The correspondence is congratulatory towards Dwire for his appointment as Duke University Vice President in 1941 and for the honorary degree he was awarded by Davidson College in 1943. Most of the photographs were taken at Davidson College. Most of the loose material was removed from a scrapbook after being transferred to the Archives in 1960. There is adhesive on many of the pages. The collection ranges in date from 1897-1944.

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[Identification of item], Henry R. Dwire Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Certificate, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, 1942
Certificate, Dwire's appointment to the N. C. State Board of Education, 1943
Scrapbook pages, unbound, contain clippings about Dwire's death, 1944
Photographs of Dwire
Crowell letter, 1930
Correspondence, 1936
Correspondence, 1940-1941
Correspondence, 1943
Clippings and Programs, 1903, 1941, 1943
Diploma, Winston [N.C.] City Schools, 1897

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Henry Rudolph Dwire was born in Winston-Salem, NC on October 8, 1882 to Henry Xenophon and Mary Hanes Dwire. He graduated from Trinity College with the A.B. degree in 1902 and with the M.A. degree in 1903. During his senior year, he was editor of The Archive. In 1904, Dwire became editor of the Twin City Sentinel, published out of Winston-Salem, and became known as one of the State's best-known editorial writers. During his lifetime, Dwire served on the Winston-Salem School Board and was a trustee for the North Carolina State Hospital for the Insane. He founded the Winston-Salem Fine Arts Foundation and in 1931 was director of the North Carolina Art Society. Dwire held State appointments under four successive North Carolina Governors and was a member of the State School Commission. He was managing editor of The South Atlantic Quarterly and editor of The Duke Alumni Register. He was director of the Duke University Press, University Vice President (1941) and Director of Public Relations and Alumni Affairs (at the time of his death) and served on numerous University committees. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Beta Kappa. Davidson College awarded Dwire an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in 1943. He died in July 1944.

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  • University Treasurer (Office of) records, 1893-1979 (Duke University Archives)

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The Henry R. Dwire Papers were received by the University Archives as transfers in 1960, 1971, and 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, January 2007

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, February 2007

Accessions A60-219, A71-394, A76-17 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.