Guide to the Physical Plant Department Records, 1953-1987.
The Physical Plant Department was responsible for maintenance, housekeeping, repairs, and other operations on the Duke University campus. The collection contains general materials concerning university services, facilities, properties and buildings, including floor plans, memos, bus schedules, photographs, reports, and departmental newsletters. It also contains files specific to the Duke University Marine Laboratory, particularly in regard to plans and blueprints for the building of the oceanographic research vessel "Eastward."
- Record Group
- Physical Plant Department Records
- Duke University. Physical Plant Department
- 2 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials are in English.
The collection includes files on buildings and operations related to the responsibilities of the Physical Plant Department. The General Records series contains bus schedules, floor plans, memoranda, photographs, newsletters, reports, inventories, appraisals and other materials concerning University buildings, property, and facilities. Files include materials on the heating plant, the Duke Homestead, the Duke Quarry, and “The Physical Plant Gazette,” a departmental newsletter.
The Marine Laboratory series contains a number of folded blueprints and plans for the oceanographic research vessel “Eastward,” as well as information about European shipbuilding companies; and memos, notes, reports, and correspondence related to the planning and construction of the vessel.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
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.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Physical Plant Department Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Physical Plant Department was responsible for maintenance, repairs, and other operations on the Duke University Campus, including mail services, housekeeping, groundskeeping, energy conservation, and transportation. The Physical Plant Department was created between 1970 and 1972. It supplanted the Plant Engineering Department, which had replaced the Operations and Maintenance Department in the 1960s. The Physical Plant Department itself was supplanted in October 1987 by the Facilities Planning and Physical Plant Department, known later as the Facilities Management Department. In the early 1960s, Duke University Marine Laboratory established a new research and training program in biological oceanography and built a marine research vessel to facilitate the program. The vessel, equipment, and other program needs were financed with a grant from the National Science Foundation. The oceanography program was directed by Robert J. Menzies, and the research vessel planning committee was led by C.G. Bookhout, director of the Marine Laboratory. W.K. (Ken) Howard, Duke maintenance engineer, assisted Bookhout on the committee and corresponded directly with naval architects, shipbuilders, and engineers during the planning and construction of the research vessel. The vessel, “Eastward,” was completed around 1963.
Building Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Marine Laboratory Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Facilities Management Department Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Physical Planning Department Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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- Duke University. Marine Laboratory
- Duke Homestead (Durham, N.C.)
- Duke Quarry (Durham, N.C.)
- Eastward (Ship)
The Physical Plant Department Records were received by the Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, as a transfer in 1975, 1979, 1986, and 1999.
Processed by: University Archives Staff
Finding aid derived from MARC record, November 2014. Re-processed by Erin Ryan. New finding aid created November 2016.