Guide to the Gross-Edens Affair Reference Collection, 1960, 1994


The Gross-Edens Affair Reference Collection contains files of newspaper clippings, correspondence and memoranda, and articles concerning a 1960 administrative controversy at Duke. This collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research.

Collection Details

Record Group
Gross-Edens Affair Reference collection
1960, 1994
Duke University. University Archives
0.25 Linear Feet, approx. 150 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains newspaper clippings, administrative memoranda and correspondence, and committee reports pertaining to an administrative controversy at Duke. Among the people and committees represented are Duke President Arthur H. Edens, Professor Paul M. Gross, chairman of the Board of Trustees Norman A. Cocke, the University Council, and a special committee of the faculty.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Gross-Edens Affair Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Clippings, Correspondence and Memos, 1960
Box 1
Donnybrook at Duke: the Gross-Edens Affair of 1960 / Robert F. Durden (copy of a two-part article in the North Carolina Historical Review, volume 71, numbers 3 and 4 (July and October, 1994)
Box 1

Historical Note

The Gross-Edens Affair culminated in the 1960 resignation of then-President Arthur H. Edens and the demotion of the University's chief academic officer, Paul M. Gross, Vice-President in the Educational Division. The matter is significant in Duke's history as one of three administrative shakeups within a two-decade period that involved the University's presidency. The first of these was the debate in the late 1940s over how to gracefully end President Robert Lee Flowers' term in office, the second, the Gross-Edens Affair, and the third, the resignation of Dr. Douglas M. Knight from the presidency in 1969. The Gross-Edens Affair impacted the Bylaws of the University, makeup and role of the University's Board of Trustees, the organization of the University's senior administrative offices, and the role of the faculty in the governance of the institution.

Related Material

  • A. Hollis Edens Records, 1949-1960 (Duke University Archives)
  • Paul M. Gross papers, 1939-1979 (Duke University Archives)
  • Duke University Board of Trustees Records, 1860-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • University Council records, 1952-1962 (Duke University Archives)
  • Ellwood S. Harrar Papers, 1928-1975 (Duke University Archives)
  • Charles K. Bradsher Papers, 1951-1997 (Duke University Archives)
  • Paul Jackson Kramer Papers, 1856-1994 (bulk 1927-1974) (Duke University Archives)
  • Arlin Turner Papers, 1927-1980 (Duke University Archives)
  • Robert H. Woody papers, 1927-1985 (Duke University Archives)

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The Gross-Edens Affair Reference Collection was compiled by University Archives staff from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas Harkins, July 2009

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, August 2009