Guide to the Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) Athletic Association Records, 1912-1937


The Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) Athletic Association was responsible for organizing athletic events, such as baseball and basketball games. The collection includes correspondence and contracts and ranges in date from 1912-1937.

Collection Details

Record Group
Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) Athletic Association records
Trinity College (Durham, N.C.). Athletic Association
0.5 Linear Feet, about 400 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection includes correspondence and contracts related to baseball and basketball games played by Trinity College teams from 1912-1918. There is also a folder of correspondence regarding an 1888 football game. The correspondence and contracts give insight into the business-end of college athletics regarding game schedules, location, and fees. There are some Trinity-produced contracts with the heading "Trinity College Athletic Association" as well as contracts with the heading "Trinity College Athletic Council." The collection dates from 1912-1937.

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[Identification of item], Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) Athletic Association Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Baseball Correspondence and Contracts, 1914-1920
Box 1
Baseball Correspondence, 1912-1913
Box 1
Basketball Correspondence and Contracts, 1917-1918
Box 1
Football Correspondence and Typescript Regarding 1888 Game, 1937
Box 1

Historical Note

The origin of the Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) Athletic Association is unclear. It is likely that it was established soon after Trinity joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association during the 1902-1903 academic year, as did other similar institutions. What is known is that in 1907, the Board of Trustees approved the formation of the Athletic Council, which served as the governing body of athletics on-campus. Between the two, athletic events/games were organized. The Athletic Association is probably the predecessor to the current Dept. of Athletics.

Related Material

  • Athletic Council Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Baseball Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) Baseball Scorebook (Duke University Archives)
  • Basketball Records (Duke University Archives)
  • Football Records (Duke University Archives)

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Materials were transferred to the Archives as part of President William Preston Few's records. For reasons unclear, archives staff removed these documents in 1974 to create accession A74-1.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, February 2008

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, February 2008

Accession A74-1 is described in this finding aid.