Guide to the Nancy Lee Smith scrapbook, 1950-1956


Nancy Lee Smith was an undergraduate student at Duke University from 1950-1954. The topics of her scrapbook include: social and academic life at Duke, women at Duke, dormitory housing, North Carolina Methodist Youth Fellowship, and Women's Student Government Association.

Collection Details

Record Group
Nancy Lee Smith scrapbook
Smith, Nancy Lee (Nancy Lee Smith Marks).
0.5 Linear Feet, 1 Item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains photographs, correspondence, report cards, postcards, playbooks, programs, invitations, telegrams, and clippings. These items were originally included in a scrapbook created by Nancy Lee Smith. The scrapbook was about 100 pages long and contained general items which reflected Smith's religious, social, and academic life at Duke University from 1950 to 1954, and one letter from 1956. Because the original scrapbook was in poor condition, items were removed and placed in archival folders for preservation.

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[Identification of item], Nancy Lee Smith scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Container List

This scrapbook contains memorabilia from social and academic events at Duke University from 1950-1954, and one letter from 1956. Included are: photographs, correspondence, report cards, class schedules, clippings, postcards, telegrams, playbooks, programs, and invitations. Arranged approximately by date (in original page order).

Pages 1-15 (circa February 1950-December 1950)
Box 1
Pages 16-22 (circa January 1951-September, 1951)
Box 1
Pages 23-38 (circa January 1952-December 1952)
Box 1
Pages 39-52 (circa February 1953-April 1953)
Box 1
Pages 53-78 (circa May 1953-August 1953)
Box 1
Pages 79-83 (circa September 1953-December 1953)
Box 1
Pages 84-92 (circa January 1954-August 1956)
Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Nancy Lee Smith graduated in 1950 from Washington High School, located in her hometown of Washington, N.C. She entered the Woman's College at Duke University as a freshman that fall and lived in Brown House. Smith received full tuition scholarships and earned a place on the Dean's List each year.

In the Methodist Student Fellowship, she served as community chairman from 1950-1951 and as vice president in 1952. In 1953, she was elected President of the North Carolina Conference Methodist Youth Fellowship. She attended the United Nations-Washington Seminar as a delegate of the Youth Fellowship in 1953.

Smith was active in student government and was elected to serve as vice president of the Duke University Women's Student Government Association and was also tapped by Phi Kappa Delta, an honorary leadership society. As an exemplary representative of Duke students, she was selected to serve as a Commencement marshal for the spring 1953 ceremonies.

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Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, December 2002

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, October 2006

Accession is described in this finding aid.