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Guide to the Donald J. Fluke Papers, 1958-1988


Donald J. Fluke was a professor in Duke's Zoology Department. His collection includes correspondence and other documents relating to the Zoology Department, the Graduate School, research proposals and safety, and faculty involvement in civil rights activism. Materials range in date from [1958]-[1988].

Collection Details

Record Group
Donald J. Fluke papers
Fluke, Donald J.
2.1 Linear Feet, 800 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains correspondence, memoranda, printed materials, clippings, minutes and other records of several University committees from the years roughly 1958-1988. Also includes documents and correspondence relating to research proposals and permits. Major subjects include the Duke Radiation Safety Committee, the Founders' Day Committee and the design of the University Medal, the origins of the School of Business, the Zoology Department, and the Aeolian Organ. Collection also includes documents relating to faculty participation in the civil rights and other Vietnam-era activism.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Donald J. Fluke Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Duke Aeolian, 1988-
Box 1
May 1970 Vietnam, etc.
Box 1
Duke / Special Historical 1960. Vigil 1967 [1968]
Box 1
Duke / Special Historical 1960. Vigil 1967 [1968]
Box 1
Klopfer and related
Box 1
Biophysics Plans at Duke, Old and New, History Prior to 1958
Box 1
Biophysics Committee
Box 1
Faculty Age Structure and Retirement
Box 1
Graduate School of Business Administration, 1968
Box 1
Fellow, Trinity College [1965-1967]
Box 1
Founders' Day Committee, 1986-
Box 1
Isotope License 32-6655-14 (E62)
Box 1
Radionuclide Use Permit. [and related materials concerning waste disposal and a loss of radioactive material, 1960]
Box 1
Duke University Radiation Safety Committee, 1960-[1984]
Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Donald Fluke was born in 1923 in Nankin, OH. He received his B.S. from Wooster College in 1947, his M.S. from Yale University in 1948 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1950. He joined the Duke Zoology faculty as Associate Professor in 1958 and became chair of the department in 1969, where he studied the effects of radiation on animal cells. He chaired the Academic Council from 1969-1971, was Faculty Secretary, and was actively involved in Duke's plans to found a residential college. He is now (2006) professor emeritus in the Biology Department.

Related Material

  • Department of Zoology Records, 1905-1997.(University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Gray (Irving E.) Papers, 1915-1980.(University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Gross (Paul M.) Papers, 1939-1979.(University Archives, Duke University. )

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The Donald J. Fluke Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accession A2001-79 is described in this finding aid.