Guide to the Capt. Francis Micara Collection, 1944-1994 (bulk 1944-1947)


Capt. Francis Micara was a 1944 graduate of Trinity College at Duke University and a member of numerous student organizations and activities. Collection contains material pertaining to student life at Duke during the Second World War including NROTC bulletins, performance programs, photographs, clippings, a vinyl disc, and other assorted memorabilia. In addition, the collection contains material concerning Micara's research at the Marine Laboratory at Beaufort, North Carolina, and assorted printed matter concerning class reunions.

Collection Details

Record Group
Capt. Francis Micara collection
1944-2015 (bulk 1944-1947)
Micara, Capt. Francis
1.75 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains material pertaining to Micara's experience as a student of Trinity College at Duke University including the first NROTC Bulletin from 1941; Duke decals and stickers; playbills, clippings, photographs, and scripts from Duke Players and Hoof 'N' Horn productions including My Sister Eileen, The Laugh's the Thing, and Stand By; a 1941 Freshman Week program; photographs of Sigma Chi fraternity; a program of the Tau Psi Omega production of The Barber of Seville in French; small charms (called "keys") from several organizations of which Micara was a member including Tau Psi Omega and Sigma Chi; material from the Agar Research Program at the Marine Laboratory at Beaufort, North Carolina; and a Commencement invitation and program from the October 1944 ceremony. Also present is material from class reunions including a 33 ½ RPM record titled "Mission Possible" for the 25th class reunion of 1970; a Class of 1944 Golden Anniversary Chanticleer, 1944-1994; and biographical information on Capt. Francis Micara including an article about him in the Winter 2014 issue of the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association's NCVA Cryptolog.

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[Identification of item], Capt. Francis Micara Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Duke decals and stickers, 1941-1943
Box 1
Class of 1944 Golden Anniversary Chanticleer, 1944-1994
Box 1
Naval Reserve Officers' Training Program Bulletin, June 1941
Box 1
"Mission Possible," Class of 1945 Reunion, 1970 June
Box 1
Tau Psi Omega, honorary French fraternity, 1942-1943
Box 1
Photographs, 1942-1943; 1947
Box 1
Hoof 'n' Horn Club, Stand By, 1943
Box 1
Hoof 'n' Horn Club, The Laugh's the Thing, 1942 May
Box 1
Freshman Week, program, 1941 September
Box 1
Naming the Blue Devils, 1964 October
Box 1
Sigma Chi fraternity, 1942
Box 1
Duke Players, My Sister Eileen, 1943
Box 1
Agar Research Program, report, 1946
Box 1
Clippings, 1943
Box 1
Framed photograph, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Beta Lambda Chapter, 1942 Feb. 25
Box 2
Commencement program and invitation, October 25, 1944
Box 3
Holy Bible received at Commencment ceremony, 1944
Box 3
Maryland Department of Education materials regarding volunteer service teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), 1989-1990
Box 3
Capt. Francis Micara biography and "Skipper in the Spotlight" article from NCVA Cryptolog, 2014-2015
Box 3
Pre-Med Society Key, Class of 1945
Box 3
Tau Psi Omega (Honorary French Fraternity) key, circa 1943-1944
Box 3
Intramural Baseball medal, circa 1941-1944
Box 3
Hoof'n'Horn Club key, circa 1941-1944
Box 3
Sigma Chi Fraternity key, circa 1941-1944
Box 3
Class ring, class of 1945
Box 3
Photographs of West Campus (four of the Chapel and one of Duke University Hospital)
Assorted clippings and "Beat Oregon State" bumper sticker.
Five football programs

In the Game Programs series of the Football Records.

Commencement Invitation, dated 1944 Oct. 25.
Micara's Class of 1945 dink (bucket hat style) and Miller Bishop Trophy for the 1941 Duke Homecoming Best Freshman Stunt

Historical Note

Capt. Francis Micara was a 1944 graduate of Trinity College at Duke University. While at Duke Micara was involved in numerous campus activities and organizations. He was a member of the first Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Tau Psi Omega (an honorary French fraternity), Hoof 'n' Horn, the Duke Players, and Sigma Chi fraternity.

Related Material

  • Fraternities and Sororities Collection, 1931-2001 (University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Duke University Archives Scrapbook Collection, 1916-[ongoing] (University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
  • Hoof ‘n’ Horn Records, 1941-2006 (University Archives/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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The Capt. Francis Micara Collection were received by the University Archives as a gift in 2008 and 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Josh Larkin Rowley, May 2009

Encoded by Josh Larkin Rowley, May 2009

Accessions UA2008-0041 and UA2008-0063 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Accession UA2015-0062 added by Tracy M. Jackson, September 2016.