Preliminary Guide to the Residential Program Review Records, 1958 - 2002


The Residential Program Review began in 1998 to focus on residential improvements for upperclass students at Duke University. This administrative group oversaw the building of a new dormitory, the West-Edens Link, on Duke's West Campus, and continues to be involved in improving residential life on campus. Types of materials in the collection include reports, architectural drawings, proposals, surveys, correspondence, and minutes. Major subjects include architecture, living and social space, fraternities and sororities, residential policy, and residential issues of concern on the campus, such as alcohol abuse. English.

Collection Details

Record Group
Residential Program Review records
1958 - 2002
Duke University. Residential Program Review
3.5 Linear Feet, 3500 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Collection Overview

Collection includes reports, memoranda, correspondence, clippings, transparencies, and other materials related to residential planning at Duke University. Topics include architecture, living space, social space, fraternities and sororities, contemporary residential life issues, and surveys of student opinion. The items listed for each box are not folder titles, but instead offer a broad description of each box's contents. The files appear to be alphabetized but the collection is only preliminarily processed. Some materials are restricted.

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

Contents of the Collection

Presentations on Residential Plans for West Campus, 1999
Box 1
Minutes of Steering Committee for Residential Programs, Board of Trustees, 1998-1999
Box 1
Architectural Drawings, 1998-1999
Box 1
Correspondence, Reports, Memoranda, Surveys, Agendas, and Objectives related to Residential Life, 1997-1999
Box 1
Alcohol Issues, 1998-2000
Box 2
Residential Life Clippings, 1958-2001
Box 2
Residential Life Reports, 1972-1999
Box 2
Architectural Plans, 1997-1999
Box 2
"Devils' Desires" (student proposals), 1999-2000
Box 2
Fraternity Issues and Concerns, 1998-1999
Box 2
Residential Life Proposals, 1999-2000
Box 2
Social Space Needs, 1999-2000
Box 2
Surveys, 1999
Box 2
Residential Programs Steering Committee minutes and other materials, 1998-2001
Box 3
Residential Life Reports, 1998
Box 3
Memoranda, 1998
Box 3
Residential Life Program Planning Background Materials (binder of collected information), 1994-2001
Box 3

Historical Note

The Duke University Residential Program Review began in 1998 when Judith White, a former Special Assistant to the President, was appointed to direct the group. The Residential Program Review has focused on improving residential life on the West Campus for Duke's upperclass students. Their most important accomplishment was overseeing the completion of a new dormitory, the West-Edens Link, in 2002. The building offers housing, meeting and study rooms, and dining facilities. The Residential Program Review continues to work on improving other West Campus dormitories.

On the Residential Program Review website, <>, the organization describes its mission as follows:

1. Provide residential space on Duke's historic West campus which is sufficient in amount and which has been maintained and upgraded in keeping with standards for comfortable, safe living quarters.

2. Create a climate for upperclass residential life consistent with the principles that have been articulated in all of our residential plans since 1994. Those principles are:

- support for intellectual and personal growth of our undergraduates;

- equity of access and variety of experiences in the residential program;

- building one diverse university community; and

- respect for Duke traditions of continuity and change, achieved by honoring past generations of students and faculty while preparing to serve students of the future.

Related Material

  • Fraternities and Sororities collection (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Living Groups collection (University Archives, Duke University.)

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The Residential Program Review Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 2000 (Accession number: A2000-45); 2003 (Accession number: A2003-4).

Processing Information

Processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed May 27, 2003

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, May 27, 2003