Guide to the Louise Hall Papers, 1934-1981


Louise Hall was a professor of Art and Architecture at Duke University from 1931-1975. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, printed material, clippings, color slides and papers related to the Art Department. The material ranges in date from 1934-1981.

Collection Details

Record Group
Louise Hall papers
Hall, Louise
1.5 Linear Feet, approx. 1000 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, documents related to courses and the Art Dept. as well as reports presented to the Committee on Long Range Planning. There is also material regarding space planning, the American Association of University Women and the UNC-Duke Winchester Excavation. There are color slides of the deconstruction of the Asbury Building on East Campus, printed material, some photographs of Hall, clippings and a copy of Hall's Last Will and Testament. The material ranges in date from 1934-1981.

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[Identification of item], Louise Hall Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1934, 1948-1952, 1958-1959, undated
Box 1
Correspondence, 1961-1965
Box 1
Correspondence, 1969-1977
Box 1
Memoranda, 1948-1949, 1956-1959, 1961-1963, 1965-1966, 1969-1973
Box 1
Art Dept. and Course-related Documents, 1946-1973
Box 1
Art Dept. Staff Meetings, 1960, 1970-1971
Box 1
Art Dept. Space Planning
Box 1
Preliminary Report to the Committee on Long Range Planning, 1958
Box 1
Some Thoughts on the Arts and the Humanities in a Liberal Arts University, by Ransom R. Patrick, written for the Long Range Planning Committee, circa 1958
Box 1
Report to the Committee on Long Range Planning, 1959
Box 1
Report Appendices and Notes, circa 1958-1959
Box 1
Committees, 1958, 1961-1962, 1970-1971, 1973
Box 1
Efforts to Acquire Julian Abele Drawings, 1964, 1977
Box 1
Phi Beta Kappa, 1964-1966 (2 folders)
Box 1
UNC-Duke Winchester Excavations, 1966, 1973, 1975, 1977
Box 1
Commencement, 1975
Box 1
American Association of University Women, 1957-1958
Box 1
A Center for the Fine Arts, Duke University, 1962
Box 1
Printed Material, 1934-1943
Box 1
Printed Material, 1947-1975
Box 1
Last Will and Testament, 1981
Box 1
Box 1
Miscellaneous - Notes
Box 1
Miscellaneous and Photographs
Box 1
Color slides of the deconstruction of Asbury Building on East Campus (5 slide boxes)
Box 1

Historical Note

Louise Hall was born in Cambridge, MA in 1905 and was a professor of Art and Architecture at Duke University from 1931 until her retirement in 1975. She earned a B. A. from Wellesley, a B. S. from MIT, a Brevat from the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. from Harvard. A registered architect, Hall was responsible for the establishment of the curriculum in art at Duke, including the development of collections and planning for a museum. She was also Duke's representative at the Winchester [England] archaeological excavation from 1964-1971. Hall died in 1990.

Related Material

  • News Service Biographical Files (Duke University Archives)
  • University Archives Photographic Negative Collection (Duke University Archives)
  • Art Association Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Winchester Excavation Scrapbook (Duke University Archives)

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The Louise Hall Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1991 and 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, February 2008

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, February 2008

Accessions A91-82 and A99-40 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.