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Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies records, 1967-2010, bulk 1993-2007

Summary

The Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies was formed in 1983 to handle the planning of campus-wide events. The Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies records includes files related to the organization of events and ceremonies such as Commencement, Baccalaureate services, Founders' Day celebrations, Board of Trustees dinners, awards banquets, special guests at football and basketball games, and many others.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.03.04.0001
Title
Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies records
Date
1967-2010, bulk 1993-2007
Creator
Duke University. Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies
Extent
24 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies records includes files related to the organization of events and ceremonies such as Commencement, Baccalaureate services, Founders' Day celebrations, Board of Trustees dinners, awards banquets, special guests at football and basketball games, and many others. Files primarily consist of planning documents such as guest lists, invitations, schedules and agendas, menus, receipts and invoices, and some correspondence. The records also include some photographs, video and audio recordings of events, including the inauguration of Nannerl O. Keohane as President of the University in 1993, and several floppy disks.

The majority of the files were arranged chronologically, with files for individual events, although some dates are out of order; these are the Event files. Many of these files are related to sporting events, award dinners/luncheons, trustee events, faculty events, and events hosted by or involving the President of the University. Files from 2007-2007 and 2009-2010 have a different arrangment, very closely related to the files and arrangement of the University Marshal records, and include more correspondence and topical files related to commencement and founders' day; these are the Academic year files.

Also included are event binders, primarily related to football games and including guest lists and details of special guest attendance at football games. Additional materials include copies of printed invitations and announcements, and recordings of commencements, baccalaureate services, banquets, and the innauguration of President Nannerl Keohane.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies Records, 1967-2010 (bulk 1993-2007), Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Event files, 1982, 1984-1985, 1988, 1990, 1993-1994
Box 1
Event files, 1994-1996
Box 2
Event files, 1995-1996
Box 3
Event files, 1996-1997
Box 4
Event files, 1997-1998
Box 5
Event files, 1998-2000
Box 6
Event files, 2000-2001
Box 7
Event files, 2001-2002
Box 8
Event files, 2002-2003
Box 9
Event files, 2003
Box 10
Event files, mixed dates 1995-2005
Box 10
Event files, mixed dates 1988-2004
Box 11
Emeriti luncheon, 2001-2002
Box 11
Event photographs, 1992, undated
Box 11
Event binders, 1994-2002
Box 14
Event binders, 2002-2006
Box 15
Academic year files, 2006-2007
Box 12
Academic year files, 2006-2007
Box 13
Academic year files, 2009-2010
Box 13
Academic year files, 2009-2010
Box 14
Baccalaureate Services programs, 1970-2006
Box 15
Commencement programs, 1967-2005
Box 15
Invitations and announcements
Box 16
Video recordings, 2004-2006
Box 15
Video recordings, 1991, 1993, 2001-2004
Box 16
Audio recordings, 1993, 1995, 2001
Box 16
DUKEbasics CD-ROM, 2003
Box 15
 

Historical Note

The Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies was formed in 1983 to handle the planning of campus-wide events. Closely involved with the University Marshal, this office coordinates venues, food, parking, guest lists, invitations, and other logistics related to the planning and execution of large events and ceremonies including commencement exercises, baccalaureate services, Board of Trustee dinners, special award ceremonies, faculty events, and special guest attendance at sporting events on campus. Originally called the Office of Special Events when it was formed in 1983, Patricia Keller was Director until 1988; Lori Arthur was Director from 1988-19992; Virginia Shannon was Director from 1992-1994, and Terry Chambliss has been Director since 1994. Prior to the formation of this as a distinct office, event planning activities were conducted by assistants in the Office of the Secretary.

Related Material

University Marshal Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Office of the University Secretary Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Commencement Exercises Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Football Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


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Provenance

The Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in November, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by: Tracy Jackson, November 2014.

Accessions described in this finding aid: UA2014.0080