Guide to the Mirecourt House Records, 1975-2019


Contains the records of Mirecourt House, an independent, co-educational, social, selective undergraduate residence hall at Duke University. Types of materials include constitutions, rosters, correspondence, photographs, applications, surveys, newsletters, schedules, reports, clippings, poster, and color slides. Major subjects include student life, Duke University history, Delta Tau Delta fraternity, residential living, alcohol use, and governance of residential halls. Materials date from 1975 to 2019.

Collection Details

Record Group
Mirecourt House records
Duke University. Mirecourt House
0.5 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains memos, correspondence, membership applications, clippings, evaluations, reports, minutes, photographs, social calendars, and a poster pertaining to the governance and social activities of Mirecourt House from 1975 to 2019. Also includes the Annual Reports of the Program of Coeducational Federations, Edens Federation newsletters, materials concerning a proposed takeover of the house's space by the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, common room signs from circa 2018-2019, and some color slides.

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warning Access to the Collection

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended, Duke University permits students to inspect their education records and limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records.

Portions of this collection are closed except to the current president of Mirecourt House and members of Mirecourt House who have graduated from Duke.

warning Use & Permissions

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], Mirecourt House Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Container List

1 boxes
Alcohol violations, 1999-2001

This file may only be viewed by the President of Mirecourt House or by members of Mirecourt who have graduated.

Box 1
Annual reviews, 1992-2000
Box 1
Applications of potential residents, 1978-1979
Box 1
Applications of potential residents, 1979-1980
Box 1
Clippings, 1980
Box 1
Constitutions, 1975, 1983
Box 1
Edens Federation, 1980-1982
Box 1
Flyers, 2001
Box 1
Governance, general, 1975-1986
Box 1
House commitment survey, 1978-1980
Box 1
Membership web, circa 2001

This file may only be viewed by the President of Mirecourt House or by members of Mirecourt who have graduated.

Box 1
Minutes, house meetings, 1980
Box 1
Mirecourt and Delta Tau Delta, 1982-1983
Box 1
Party affairs, 1977-1978
Box 1
Photographs, 2001
Box 1
Rosters, 1995-2001
Box 1
Social calendars and activities, 1992-1998
Box 1
"Teams" poster, circa 1978-1979
Box 1
Selected color slides, circa 1980-1981
Box 1
Recruitment calendars, 2016, 2018
Box 2
Photographs, circa 2018-2019
Box 2
Common room signs, circa 2018-2019
Box 2

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Mirecourt House, established ca. 1975 is an independent co-educational, social-selective residence hall for Duke University undergraduate students in their junior and senior years. Some of Mirecourt House's programs have included a ropes course, tutoring at the Salvation Army, karaoke, and a variety of themed parties. Mirecourt is governed by a House Council elected by members of the group.

Mirecourt is located in Craven Quad of the West Campus of Duke University. In the 1970s, Mirecourt House was part of the Association of Independent Houses. In the 1980s, Mirecourt became part of the Edens Federation. The Edens Federation was established to represent interests of undergraduate residents of Duke University who lived on West Campus in Mirecourt House, Taylor House, Burton House, Lancaster House, Tabard House, and York House. In 1982, the Delta Tau Delta fraternity attempted to move in and fill three floors of the house, causing protest among house members.

Mirecourt House participates in Rush and attracts about 300-500 rushees to fill 10-30 spots. The house is currently co-ed and social-selective.

Related Material

  • Arts and Sciences Council records. Arts and Sciences Council. Residential Life Committee. Report, 1994 (Duke University Archives.)
  • Willimon. William H. "We Work Hard, We Play Hard:" A Report for the President, and the Provost, and the Vice President for Student Life of Duke University. (1993) (Duke University Archives.)

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The Mirecourt House records were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1980, 1985-1986, and 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, September 2006

Accessions 80-25, 85-122, 86-91 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Accession UA2019.0036 added by Tracy M. Jackson, September 2019.