Guide to the Residential College Task Force Records, 1985-1987


The Residential College Task Force was created by President H. Keith H. Brodie in 1985 for the purpose of looking at the establishment of a new living option. The collection contains minutes and other task force records, including correspondence, memoranda, financial records, brochures, application forms, floor plans, and other materials.

Collection Details

Record Group
Residential College Task Force records
Duke University. Residential College Task Force
1.5 Linear Feet, 1000 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection includes minutes and other records of the task force, including correspondence, memoranda, financial records, brochures and application forms, photographs, students' applications for membership in the Bassett-Brown College, floor plans, a draft and copies of "Duke's College Try", a memoir by professor Donald Fluke, memoranda concerning the faculty-in-residence program, information regarding the "Duke's Vision" pamphlet controversy of 1989, and other records. Topics covered include the Residential College Task Force, student housing, Round Table Dormitory, and Professor Donald J. Fluke.

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[Identification of item], Residential College Task Force Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Container List, 1985-1987

1.5 Linear Feet; 1 box

Administrative records are restricted for 25 years from their date of origin. Please contact research services for more information.

Chronicle, 1987 Jan.
Box 1
Student membership, residential college
Box 1
Bassett-Brown College (several folders)
Box 1
DJ Fluke, 1986
Box 1
Box 1
Terms of appointment
Box 1
Box 1
Items prepared for Chronicle
Box 1
Misc. articles
Box 1
Chronological, task force, ASDU, letters to/from Allen Bldg.
Box 1
Monroe Hill College at UVA
Box 1
Misc. notes
Box 1
Residential colleges elsewhere
Box 1
Shari Barkin
Box 1
Residential life programming
Box 1
Health and vegetarian eating
Box 1
House Course
Box 1
2nd annual spaghetti supper
Box 1
Brochure, "Doorway to a New Collegial Experience"
Box 1
Application brochure
Box 1
Residential college memoir
Box 1
Loose material
Box 1
Burrows, C and Laskey, C, "The Round Table," 1989
Box 1
Manual for residential staff, 1986-1987
Box 1
Minutes, articles and background
Box 1
Fluke, Donald J., "Duke's College Try," 1987
Box 1

Historical Note

The Residential College Task Force was created by President H. Keith H. Brodie in 1985 for the purpose of looking at the establishment of a new living option. At the Task Force's first meeting, Brodie expressed his committment to the development of a residential college, noting that review of transfer students' reasons for leaving Duke indicated a desire for stable living arrangements which incorporate a community identity and a deeper intellectual life.

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The Residential College Task Force Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in September 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, March 2007

Encoded by Molly Bragg, April 2011

Accession A96-104 is described in this finding aid.