Guide to the Undergraduate Publications Board Reference Collection, 1893-ongoing

Collection Overview

The Undergraduate Publications Board Reference Collection includes a list of Pub Board publications (past and present) a general history of the organization, as well as clippings, histories, lists of editors, flyers, and other materials relating to individual publications. Folders are also present for the Bassett Fund and the Blackburn Literary Festival. The Bassett Fund finances public lectures, defrays honoraria for the Blackburn Literary Festival, and supplements new undergraduate publications. The Blackburn Literary Festival honors the spirit of sharing and love of literature embodied by Professor William Blackburn.

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Collection Details

Record Group
Undergraduate Publications Board Reference collection
Duke University. University Archives
0.5 Linear Feet, 300 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

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[Identification of item], Undergraduate Publications Board Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

List of publications
Box 1
General History, 1922; 1935; 1976-1979
Box 1
Bassett Fund
Box 1
Blackburn Literary Festival, 1979-1996
Box 1
Box 1
Archive, 1893-2005, bulk 1970-1982
Box 1
Blindspot, 1991
Box 1
The Blue Devil's Advocate, 1987/88-1989/90
Box 1
Carpe Noctem, 1994-1998
Box 1
Chanticleer, 1977-1985
Box 1
The Chronicle
Box 1
Duke Blue, 1988-1989
Box 1
Duke and Duchess [magazine], 1938, 1950-1951
Box 1
The Duke Guide
Box 1
Duke Humanities Review
Box 1
Duke Review
Box 1
Box 1
Jabberwocky, 1980, 1989
Box 1
Latent Image, 1977-1978, 1993, undated
Box 1
Missing Link, 1983-1987
Box 1
Tobacco Road, 1978-1983
Box 1
Vertices, 1994
Box 1

Historical Note

taken from Undergraduate Publications Board homepage

Since 1924, the Undergraduate Publications Board, commonly referred to as the Pub Board or UPB, has overseen the production of each of the university's recognized publications (with the exception of The Chronicle and Towerview). The Board also approves and supports emerging publications, known as Independents, runs the Blackburn Literary Festival, and administers the John Spencer Bassett Fund. Its continuing mission is to provide diverse forums in which students can engage their creative, intellectual, political and literary faculties.

Currently (2007), the UPB oversees the production of eleven publications: The Archive; Blind Spot; Carpe Noctem; The Chanticleer; Duke Blue; Erudito; Latent Image; Matter Magazine; Vertices; Passport Magazine; and Woman's Handbook. A sampling of other titles produced during the UPB's history include: Tobacco Road; Prometheus Black; Missing Link, Jabberwocky; and Teacher-Course Evaluation Book.

Related Material

  • Undergraduate Publications Board records, 1911-1997. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • The Chronicle, 1905-ongoing (Duke Univeristy Archives, Duke University.)

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The Publications Board Reference Collection was compiled from various sources by University Archives staff for reference and research.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, February 2008

Updtaed by Tom Harkins, April 2010

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, February 2008

Updated by Josh Larkin Rowley, February 2011

Updated by Molly Bragg, July 2011

Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.