Guide to the Margaret Durham scrapbook, 1916-1918


Margaret Durham was an undergraduate student at Trinity College from 1912-1917. The scrapbook includes personal correspondence, photographs, clippings and assorted mementos of holidays and events held by fraternities and sororities.

Collection Details

Record Group
Margaret Durham scrapbook
Durham, Margaret
2.6 Linear Feet, 1 Item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains photographs, correspondence (including letters of courtship), mementos (ribbons, invitations, flowers) from parties and events, film and concert programs, ticket stubs, cigarettes, food wrappers and clippings. Also contains ephemera from visits to Dope Shop, including straws and wrappers. Most items are accompanied by handwritten commentary from Ms. Durham.

More Biographical / Historical Info


These items were originally included in a string-bound scrapbook created by Margaret Durham. The scrapbook was 50 pages long and contained items reflecting her extra-curricular life at Trinity from 1916-1917. Items from 1917-1918 include photographs of a May Day celebration, as well as clippings regarding and correspondence with classmates from Trinity, many of whom served in the U.S. military during World War I. The original scrapbook contained many three-dimensional objects, which had separated from the book’s pages. Pages were removed and placed in archival folders, and loose items in envelopes, for preservation.

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[Identification of item], Margaret Durham scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Scrapbook, 1916-1918

This scrapbook contains memorabilia from Margaret Durham's extracurricular life at Trinity College from 1916-1918. Included are: photographs, correspondence, artwork, dried flowers, ribbons, fraternity and sorority event invitations, cards, telegrams, programs, and clippings. Arranged approximately by date (in original page order).

Front Cover, Pages 1-26
Box 1
Pages 27-50, Back Cover
Box 2

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Margaret Durham was born on April 14, 1898 in Gastonia, NC. She attended Martha Washington College in Abingdon, VA from 1913-1916, and then transferred to Trinity College for her senior year, graduating in 1917. One of several family members to attend Trinity, she was a member of Kappa Delta and Delta Phi Rho Alpha and served as secretary of the Virginia Club.

In September 1922, she married Harry Russell Robey. She taught French and English Literature at Martha Washington College and Southern Seminary Junior College, and succeeded her father as President of the Southern Seminary. She received a Master's degree in Education from the University of Virginia in 1952, and served on multiple academic and non-academic committees on educational, social and women's issues. Durham was also President of the Alumni Association.

Related Material

  • Fraternities and Sororities Collection, 1931-2001 (Duke University Archives)
  • Panhellenic Council records, 1938-1996 (Duke University Archives)

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Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, July 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession is described in this finding aid.