Guide to the Lois Donehoo Heller Papers, 1937-1941


Heller was a 1941 graduate from the Woman's College at Duke University. The collection includes scrapbooks and photographs which highlight student life at Duke.

Collection Details

Record Group
Lois Donehoo Heller papers
Heller, Lois Donehoo
2 Linear Feet, 20 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection includes a scrapbook which covers Heller's student years at Duke and includes items from social activities such as dances, sporting events, concerts, theatrical performances, and sorority functions. A photograph album spans from 1937-1939 and shows Heller's late high school years and her early years at Duke. There are images of family trips to Boston and Florida beaches as well as images of St. Petersburg [Fl.] Junior College. Many of the individuals in the album are identified. The images related to Duke showcase student life. Of particular note is an image of an African-American housekeeper and two male students dressed in black face in front of House R. Heller's diploma and loose photographs of her husband, Robert Heller, and Duke's West Campus are also present.

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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], Lois Donehoo Heller Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Container List

Due to the condition of the scrapbook, it was dismantled and the pages foldered. The front and back covers have been retained. The pages, however, remain brittle and should be handled with care.

Scrapbook: loose material from the front
Box 1
Folder 1
Scrapbook: Pages 1-10
Box 1
Folder 2
Scrapbook: Pages 11-20
Box 1
Folder 3
Scrapbook: Pages 21-34
Box 1
Folder 4
Scrapbook: Pages 35-48
Box 1
Folder 5
Scrapbook: Pages 49-60
Box 1
Folder 6
Scrapbook: Pages 71-74
Box 1
Folder 7
Scrapbook: Pages 75-78
Box 1
Folder 8
Scrapbook: Pages 79-80
Box 1
Folder 9
Scrapbook: Pages 81-84
Box 1
Folder 10
Scrapbook: Front and Back Covers
Box 1
Folder 11
Diploma and Graduation Exercises Program, 1941
Box 1
Folder 12
"It's not in the Catalog," 1937, 1938
Box 1
Folder 12
Photographs of Duke University's West Campus and Robert C. Heller, circa 1940
Box 1
Folder 12
Photograph Album, 1937-1939
Box 2

Historical Note

Lois Donehoo graduated from the Woman's College at Duke University in 1941 with a degree in English and was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She married fellow Duke alum Robert Heller, with whom she had three children.

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The Lois Donehoo Heller Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, August 2013

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, August 2013

Accession UA2013.0018 is described in this finding aid.