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Guide to the Physical Planning Department Records, 1946-1976.

Summary

The Physical Planning Department was responsible for arranging the construction and renovation of buildings and spaces on the Duke University campus. The collection primarily contains contracts, insurance bonds, and some related correspondence between Duke officials and construction companies and architects who built or renovated campus buildings. One general file consists of status reports on multiple campus building projects in the 1970s, and an estimate and plans for a proposed East Campus Recreation Center written by James A. Ward, University Architect and Director of Physical Planning.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.10.05.0003
Title
Physical Planning Department Records
Date
1946-1976
Creator
Duke University. Physical Planning Department
Extent
2 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English.

Collection Overview

The collection includes files on construction and renovation projects overseen by the Physical Planning Department. One general file contains a 1974 proposal for an East Campus Center for Physical Education and Recreation, written by James A. Ward, University Architect and Director of Physical Planning; as well as three work status reports on multiple campus building projects in 1975-1976. Another file includes a list of completed contracts that were removed from the Physical Planning Department vault in 1974. The remaining files contain contracts, insurance bonds, and some related correspondence between Duke University and construction companies or architects who worked on building and renovation projects around campus. Projects included the installation of a pneumatic tube system in Duke University Medical Center’s Clinical Research Building, and the “Phytotron,” an experimental plant growth chamber near the Biology building.

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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], Physical Planning Department Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

General File, 1974-1976
Box 1
Contracts in Vault, 1974
Box 1
Addition to the Nearly New Shoppe
Box 1
Air Conditioning - Great and Gothic Dining Halls
Box 1
Air Conditioning - Medical Center
Box 1
Amphitheater Modifications
Box 1
Animal Farm
Box 1
Art Museum
Box 1
Atlas Street Extension and Baker Parking Lot
Box 1
Basement of Union Building
Box 1
Bassett House Renovation
Box 1
Biological Sciences Building
Box 1
Chemistry Building
Box 1
Child Psychiatry Rehabilitation Center
Box 1
Chiller No. 2 Addition, Central Refrigeration Plant - DUMC
Box 1
Civitan Mental Retardation Center
Box 1
Clinical Research II
Box 1
Clinical Research Building RC 705
Box 1
Club House for Duke University Golf Course
Box 1
Cobalt Building
Box 1
College of Engineering Building
Box 1
Dining Hall Renovation
Box 1
Dormitory - Duke Marine Laboratory
Box 1
Duke Homesites Bond
Box 1
East Campus Red Brick Dorms - Exterior Stairs
Box 1
East Campus Union Building (Cafeteria Renovations)
Box 1
Educational Improvement Program - Southside School
Box 1
E.I.P. Contracts - Fuller School
Box 1
Engineering Building - J.A. Jones Construction Co.
Box 1
Lease of Buildings - Animal Facilities
Box 1
Field House - Athletic Department
Box 1
Fire Tower B: and Service Court
Box 1
Gerontology and Diagnostic Treatment Center
Box 1
Gilbert Adams Dorm
Box 1
Giles House Renovation
Box 1
Golf Course Plans
Box 1
Grading Contract - Homesites No. 4
Box 1
Gray and Divinity Renovations
Box 1
Hanes House Renovations
Box 1
Hart's Residence
Box 1
Heating Plant
Box 1
Highland Hospital Addition
Box 1
Highland Hospital - Swimming Pool and Recreation Facility
Box 1
Homesites Section 6 - Sewage Lift Station Site
Box 1
Hospital Fire Towers
Box 1
Hospital Laundry and Volatile Storage Buildings
Box 1
Hospital Renovations - Phase I
Box 1
Howland Ward
Box 1
Hyperbaric Unit
Box 1
Intramural Building
Box 1
Law School Building
Box 1
Library - Air Conditioning
Box 1
Loveth Electric Construction and Central Carolina Bank and Trust Co. [Diagnostic Treatment Center]
Box 1
Main Entrance Building, Duke Medical Center - Medical Care Project
Box 1
Maintenance Paint Shop and Storage Building
Box 1
Marine Laboratory
Box 1
Married Students Apartments
Box 1
Materials Support Department - Loading Platform
Box 1
Medical Center Storage Building
Box 1
Medical Research Building - Contracts - Addition No. 3 Medical
Box 1
Medical Research Building - Addition No. 4
Box 1
Medical Sciences Building I
Box 2
Nuclear Laboratory
Box 2
O.C. Lawrence - Beaufort [Marine Lab]
Box 2
Law Building No. 5
Box 2
Operating Room Suites - Medical Center
Box 2
Paint Shop and Storage Building
Box 2
Parking Structure No. 1
Box 2
P.D.C. II Addition [Private Diagnostic Clinic]
Box 2
Perkins Library Addition and Renovation
Box 2
Personnel Building - Duke Medical Center
Box 2
P.D.C. Courtyard Addition [Private Diagnostic Clinic]
Box 2
Physics Building and Addition
Box 2
Phytotron
Box 2
Pickens Building
Box 2
President's Home
Box 2
Prevost - Campbell Wards Renovation
Box 2
Primate Facilities
Box 2
Rehabilitation Facility Building - Phase 1
Box 2
Rehabilitation - Phase 2
Box 2
Rehabilitation Project - Medical Center
Box 2
Renovation and Addition - Building No. 9
Box 2
Renovation - 220 Anderson Street
Box 2
Renovation of Building No. 10 - Social Sciences
Box 2
Renovation 1967 - Project 66.048 - Dormitories FF, GG, HH, Few Quadrangle
Box 2
Renovation of 2019 Erwin Road
Box 2
Research Park Buildings
Box 2
Roads
Box 2
Roadway and Parking Lots
Box 2
Service Center
Box 2
Steam Line - Crutchfield Plumbing and Heating Co.
Box 2
Steam Services for Sciences Building
Box 2
Student - Faculty Health Building
Box 2
Surveyor Relocation
Box 2
Surgical Instrument Shop
Box 2
Undergraduate Residence Halls
Box 2
Urology Clinic Addition
Box 2
Veterinary Facility
Box 2
Van de Graaf Acceleration Building
Box 2
Vivarium
Box 2
West Campus Heating Plant
Box 2
West Duke Building Renovations
Box 2
W.C. Infirmary [Woman's College]
Box 2
Women's College Center
Box 2
Women's Residence Hall
Box 2
Yearby Avenue and Medical Center Parking
Box 2
 

Historical Note

The Physical Planning Department was responsible for arranging the construction and renovation of buildings, parking lots, and other spaces on the Duke University campus. In the 1960s and 1970s, it was headed by James A. Ward, Director of Physical Planning and University Architect, who was based in the Allen Building. The contracts in this collection bear the signatures of many Duke officials, including John M. Dozier, Business Manager; and G.C. Henricksen, Assistant Treasurer. Some of the contractors used by Duke include George W. Kane, William Muirhead, and Rea Construction Company.

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Provenance

The Physical Planning Department Records were received by the Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, as a transfer in 1974 and 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff

Finding aid derived from MARC record, November 2014.

Re-processed by Erin Ryan. New finding aid created November 2016.