Preliminary Guide to the Department of Education Records, 1930-1981


The Department of Education, formed in 1907, prepared both undergraduate and graduate students for careers in education. The Department dissolved at the end of 1981. The Department of Education Records include correspondence, minutes, memoranda, reports, proposals, exams, student and faculty information, and other materials. Subjects include the training of teachers in North Carolina, the process of accreditation, teaching in elementary and secondary schools, and departmental administration. Major programs and organizations include the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, the Cooperative Program in Teacher Education, the N.C. Advancement School, the Triple T Task Force Team, the Emotionally Disturbed Children Program, the Regional Education Laboratory, the Learning Institute of North Carolina (LINC), the Durham Education Improvement Program (EIP), the Summer Demonstration School, the Summer Enrichment Program, and Project ABC. English.

Collection Details

Record Group
Department of Education records
1930 - 1981
Duke University. Dept. of Education
25 Linear Feet, 25000 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Collection Overview

Collection includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, newsletters, grant proposals, accreditation studies, and other materials concerning teacher education at Duke. The collection includes program accreditation reports, examinations, reports of state studies on guidelines for teacher education records of the University Committee on Public Education and the Training of Teachers (1964-1974, scattered), conference announcements (1952, 1962), grant proposals for teacher recruitment and training programs, and materials concerning the 1952 Centennial Celebration of Teacher Education at Duke. Topics include general departmental operations, the Master's Degree in Education and Master of Arts in Teaching, the Summer Demonstration School, the Summer Enrichment Program (1974-1976), the Cooperative Program in Teacher Education, and Project ABC. Includes student records.

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For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

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

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How to Cite

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Accession Number: A78-152

In 1983, the following materials in Accession Number A78-152 were discarded: minutes and related materials of University bodies such as University Council and Undergraduate Faculty Council; Census Reports; registration and pre-registration material; grade reports; graduate student files (some kept as samples); applications for teaching positions in the department and accompanying material; printed matter on M.A.T. programs at other colleges and universities; student teacher evaluations and reports on activities (some kept as samples); teacher tuition certificates and accompanying correspondence (some kept as samples); and "Effort Reports."

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Historical Note

By the charter of 1851, graduates of Normal College (the precursor to Trinity College) were recognized by the North Carolina legislature as qualified to teach in the common schools of the state. In 1859, President Braxton Craven introduced a teacher training curriculum. The Department of Education was formed at Trinity College in 1907, and teacher training programs, particularly those offered during the summer, enrolled many students. Prior to 1952, most students preparing to teach in the secondary schools majored in education. During the 1950s, this began to change; students could major in the subject they planned to teach, and be advised by members of the Department of Education. In 1954, a program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching was started, and throughout the 1950s, a number of special and cooperative programs were established. The 1960s saw an increase in the number of students seeking graduate training. By the late 1970s, the number of undergraduates intending to teach had begun to decline. The department was eliminated December 31, 1981 and replaced by a Program in Education in the College of Arts and Sciences, which enables undergraduates to meet state certification requirements. The Master of Arts in Teaching Degree continues to be offered.

Related Material

  • Program in Education Records (Duke University Archives)

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The Department of Education Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1978 (A78-152), 1975 (A75-162), and 1998 (A98-60). Other accessions, including those in 1972 (A72-49), 1976 (A76-116), 1980 (A80-226), and 1981 (A81-39) have been interfiled.

Processing Information

This collection is partially processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Processed by Valerie Gillispie, July 7, 2003

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, July 7, 2003