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Guide to the Physical Plant Department Records, 1953-1987.

Summary

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."

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.10.05.0004
Title
Physical Plant Department Records
Date
1953-1987
Creator
Duke University. Physical Plant 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 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.

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warning 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.

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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 Plant Department Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Memoranda, 1973-1987
Box 1
Bus Schedule, 1970-1979
Box 1
Report on Heating Facilities, 1961
Box 1
Coal Unloading Facility Steam Plant, 1975
Box 1
West Campus Steam Plant, 1975
Box 1
Major Repair and Rehabilitation, 1975-1976
Box 1
Capital Improvements, 1975-1976
Box 1
Budget Proposal, 1975-1976
Box 1
Central Campus Heating Systems, 1973
Box 1
Safety Equipment, 1973-1974
Box 1
Space Projections and Recommendations, 1961
Box 1
East Duke Building Photos, 1968
Box 1
Inventory Parlors - East Duke, 1960-1974
Box 1
East Duke Building, 1968-1974
Box 1
The Ark, 1973
Box 1
Music Building, 1974
Box 1
Womens College Library and Town Girls Room, 1972
Box 1
Duke Press, 1970, 1975
Box 1
Baldwin Auditorium, 1973-1975
Box 1
Inventory - Duke Homestead - Photos, Clippings, Correspondence, 1972-1974
Box 1
Material Support
Box 1
Panhellenic Council - Correspondence, Memos, Brochures and Clippings, 1969-1973
Box 1
Campus Center, 1968
Box 1
Bivins Building, 1968
Box 1
Carr Building
Box 1
Branson Building, 1974-1975
Box 1
Memorial Gym, 1974-1976
Box 1
Prefab (Music)
Box 1
Art Museum, 1972-1975
Box 1
Art Building, 1971-1975
Box 1
Asbury, 1971-1973
Box 1
Science Building
Box 1
Buildings, General (West), 1975-1977
Box 1
Womens College Library, 1970-1976
Box 1
West Duke Building, 1975, 1975
Box 1
The Physical Plant Gazette [Newsletter], 1974-1976
Box 1
Duke Quarry, 1974, 1983-1984
Box 1
Oceanographic Vessel Specifications, 1963
Box 1
Brochures, 1960
Box 1
Blueprints, Sketches, etc., 1962
Box 1
European Ship Builders, 1961
Box 1
Virginia Fish Laboratory, 1955
Box 1
DX Navigator Instructions
Box 1
Naval Architects, Sparkman and Stephens, 1962
Box 1
European Ship Builders, Norway, 1961
Box 2
Naval Architect - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, 1962
Box 2
Rules and Regulations - Brochures, 1958-1959
Box 2
Boat - Miscellaneous Information, 1959
Box 2
Engine and Auxiliary Information, 1961
Box 2
Typical Vessels, 1953
Box 2
Basic Plans and Specifications
Box 2
Gear, 1959-1961
Box 2
Engine Information
Box 2
Electronics and Navigational Gear
Box 2
Research Vessel Operators Council WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, 1962-1963
Box 2
Performance Data
Box 2
Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilders
Box 2
Notes
Box 2
National Science Foundation Proposals and Correspondence, 1962
Box 2
Brochure - Kelvin Hughes Unit Radar System
Box 2
 

Historical Note

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.

Related Material

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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Provenance

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.

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.