Guide to the Religious Life Reference collection, 1937-ongoing


The Religious Life Reference Collection contains files of clippings, brochures, handbooks, memoranda and other material concerning the religious life of the University community.

Collection Details

Record Group
Religious Life Reference collection
Duke University. University Archives
0.8 Linear Feet, 800 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The Religious Life Reference Collection contains files of clippings, brochures, memoranda and other material concerning the religious life of the University community. The bulk of the material concerns student religious life. The handbook, Religious Life, Duke University, 1954-1965 (incomplete run) includes descriptions of student religious organizations, events and programs. Materials in the collection pertain to both local and national religious organizations active at the University. Among the national organizations represented are The Campus Crusade for Christ; United Campus Christian Fellowship, and United Student Fellowship. Local groups represented include campus chapters of denominational organizations, and the Coalition on Chapel Policy, a committee formed in 1979/80 to advocate for changes in the Chapel’s administrative procedures after University Minister Robert Young dismissed Assistant Minister Helen Crotwell.

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

Contents of the Collection

1. Religious life administration, 1937-1982, undated

Arrangement: alphabetical by folder title

Contents: Reports, handbooks, clippings, flyers, and other materials concerning the administration of religious life activities. Subjects include programming, services, and staffing matters.

Box 1
Duke University Campus Ministry, 1981-
Box 1
Duke University Campus Ministry Meditations for Lent, 1981, 1983, 1984 and Meditations for Advent, 1981-1982
Box 1
Duke University Church
Box 1
Duke University Parish Ministry, 1971-1981
Box 1
Minister to the University Reports, 1981
Box 1
Religious Activities Reports, 1940, 1953
Box 1
Religious Emphasis Week, 1943-1957 (inc.)
Box 1
Religious Life: Duke University [handbook], 1954-1965
Box 1
Religious life advisory group, 1979
Box 1
Religious life flyers
Box 1
Religious life clippings
Box 1
Box 1

2. Religious organizations, 1953-2000, undated

Arrangement: alphabetical by folder title

Contents: Newsletters, flyers, reports, clippings, and other materials produced by or about local and national religious organizations active on campus.

Baha'i Club, 1971-1981
Box 2
Baptist Student Union, 1976-1990
Box 2
Baptist Student Union (at Duke), BSU Broadcaster, 1957
Box 2
Baptist Student Union (at Duke), The Prophet, 1953
Box 2
Baptist Student Union of North Carolina, The Reveille, 1954-1957
Box 2
Campus Crusade for Christ, 1971-1984
Box 2
Christian Science Organization at Duke University, 1973
Box 2
Christian Social Action Committee, 1983
Box 2
Duke Christian Fellowship
Box 2
Episcopal Student Center, 1959-1987
Box 2
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Box 2
Hillel Foundation/Society, circa 1953-1996
Box 2
Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship, 1968-1981
Box 2
Islamic Association at Duke, 1979
Box 2
Muslim Student Association, 1979, 2000, undated
Box 2
Navigators, 1980
Box 2
Newman Catholic Student Center, 1984-2000
Box 2
Political Action in Christ (PAX), 1977
Box 2
Presbyterian Student Association, 1985-1989, undated
Box 2
Raptures: A Christian Fellowship, undated
Box 2
Unitarian Fellowship, 1955-1956
Box 2
Unitarian Fellowship, Duke-Durham, The Duke Beacon, 1956
Box 2
United Campus Christian Fellowship, 1968
Box 2
United Student Christian Coalition Comminique, 1951-1957
Box 2
United Student Fellowship Encounter, 1956-1957
Box 2
United Student Fellowship Resource, 1954-1957
Box 2
University Christian Movement, 1966-1968
Box 2
Wesley Fellowship Reports, 1989-1996
Box 2
Wesley Fellowship Newsletters and Flyers, circa 1984
Box 2

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note


1936 - Office of Religious Activities established

1938 - Duke University Church (non-denominational) founded; disbanded 1985

1956 - Duke University Religious Council founded

1985 - Congregation at Duke University founded

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  • Religious Council Records, 1937-1971(Duke University Archives)
  • Student Organizations Reference Collection(Duke University Archives)
  • United Methodist -Presbyterian Ministry, [1949-1974](Duke University Archives)
  • Young Men’s Christian Association, Duke University Chapter Records, 1920-1969(Duke University Archives)
  • Young Women’s Christian Association Duke University Chapter Records, 1930-1970(Duke University Archives)
  • Young Men's--Young Women's Christian Association Records, 1968-1979(Duke University Archives)

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This collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas Harkins, July 2004

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, September 2006

Updated by Kimberly Sims, August 2010

Updated by Molly Bragg, August 2011

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