Guide to the Humanities Council Records, 1961 - 1979


The Humanities Council of Duke University was created in 1961 to give attention to various matters affecting the humanities departments as a whole, including the advancement of research, interdepartmental and inter-institutional programs, and support for various humanistic activities. The Humanities Council records consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, clippings, and printed programs relating to planning, resource allocation, curriculum, and state of the humanities at Duke University from 1961 to 1979. Major subjects include graduate studies in anthropology, the Department of Music, the Museum of Art, medieval and renaissance studies, the American Comparative Literature Association, the Cooperative Program in the Humanities between Duke and the University of North Carolina, and the National Humanities Center. English.

Collection Details

Record Group
Humanities Council records
1961 - 1979
Duke University. Humanities Council
0.5 Linear Feet, 500 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Collection Overview

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of records relating to planning, resource allocation, curriculum, and state of the humanities at the University as dealt with by the Committee. Correspondence, memoranda, reports (typed and annotated), minutes, clipping, charts, projections, and printed programs comprise the bulk of this collection. There exist some materials that are not created out of the general functioning of the committee. These materials, while not being direct results of committee work, help to better understand the functioning and role of the Committee in the life of the University. These materials are mainly dedications programs and leaflets, reports, booklets, and reports from outside bodies, such as the American Comparative Literature Association.

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Minutes, 1963-1969

Minutes of the Humanities Council chronicle the development of the humanities at Duke University. Here one can see the steps taken in the assessment, planning and implementation of the Humanities.

Minutes, December 1963-November 1969
Box 1

2. Proposals, 1976 and undated

This series contains humanities-related proposals from various bodies within the Committee and University.

Proposal for a Pilot Accelerated Ph.D. Program at Duke University, undated
Box 1
Proposal to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Strengthen the Humanities at Duke University, 1976
Box 1
Program of Graduate Studies in Anthropology Leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees, undated
Box 1

3. Reports, 1961-1975, undated

This series consists of reports produced by the committee and by outside groups closely associated with the workings of the committee.

Dept. of Music, 1961-1963, undated
Box 1
Duke University Center for Studies in Humanities, undated
Box 1
Duke University Museum of Art, 1968
Box 1
Graduate Questionnaire, 1963
Box 1
Humanities Council, 1963-1965, 1975
Box 1
Medieval and Renaissance Studies, undated
Box 1
Professional Standards (American Comparative Literature Association), undated
Box 1

4. Printed Matter, 1967-1979.

This series contains printed matter. Not all of the material within this series was produced by the committee, but it demonstrates the working of the committee with other bodies, both inside and outside the University.

Cooperative Program in the Humanities, University of North Carolina and Duke University, 1963-1964, 1967-1968
Box 1
Program, Ground-Breaking Exercise, National Humanities Center, April 16, 1977
Box 1
Dedication of the National Humanities Center, April 7, 1979
Box 1

Historical Note

The Humanities Council of Duke University was originally constituted in 1961. Its function was to give attention to various matters affecting the Humanities departments as a whole, including the advancement of research, interdepartmental and inter-institution programs of lectures, exhibits, seminars, and the support for various humanistic activities. The committee was appointed by the President of the University and consisted of seven faculty members representing the departments of English, Religion, History, Romance Languages, Music, Art, and Philosophy. The first Chair of this committee was Arlin Turner, Professor of English.

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The Humanities Council Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1974 and 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Torrence N. Thomas

Completed January 2000

Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003