Guide to the Ruth S. Breece scrapbook, 1935-1936


Ruth Schoenberger was an undergraduate student at Duke University from 1935 to 1939. The topics of the scrapbook include social and academic life at Duke, women at Duke, dormitory housing, the Woman's College, and campus scenes. The scrapbook ranges in date from 1935-1939.

Collection Details

Record Group
Ruth S. Breece scrapbook
Breece, Ruth Schoenberger
1.3 Linear Feet, 1 Item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains photographs of Breece's life on and off campus during the years 1935-1939.

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Breece included these in a patent string-bound scrapbook of 48 pages, arranged chronologically by academic year. The book had been unstrung for preservation. Pages were placed in archival folders, and loose photographs in envelopes for preservation.

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[Identification of item], Ruth S. Breece scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Scrapbook, 1935-1939

This scrapbook contains photographs from Breece's life as a Duke student from 1935-1939. Included are scenes of May Day celebrations, the Duke Gardens, Duke's 100th anniversary celebration, homecoming parades (with Duke Home alumni float that resembles Duke Chapel), Flag Raising, the 1939 Senior Style Show, and snapshots of William Preston Few and Mary Duke Biddle. Many of the photographs feature Breece and her friends in candid shots in dorm rooms and outside of various campus buildings and faculty apartments. There are images of Woman's College students doing archery and visiting the area around President Few's home as well as the marching band and construction pictures of the graduate dorm. Of note is a picture of an African-American housekeeper from the Woman's College named Jennie and two other shots of where African-American children appear. There are also some images of Breece with her family and pets. Arranged approximately by date (in original page order). The images are largely identified.

Front Cover
Folder 1
Pages 1-5
Folder 2
Pages 6-14
Folder 3
Pages 15-23
Folder 4
Pages 24-30
Folder 5
Pages 31-39
Folder 6
Pages 40-48
Folder 7
Back Cover
Folder 8

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Ruth Schoenberger Breece came to Duke in 1935 from Lawrenceville, NJ. She was an active student and avid photographer while in school and majored in Teaching. She belonged to the Duke Players, the Forum Club, and the Chronicle staff all four years and served as Assistant Co-Ed Business Manager of the Archive during her senior year. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society for education. Breece graduated in 1939.

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The Ruth S. Breece scrapbook was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, August 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A94-110 is described in this finding aid.