Guide to the William Edward Whitford Papers, 1955-1966


A Duke University Alum, William Edward Whitford eventually became manager of Duke's Physical Plant Operations and Maintenance. His collection includes bound date books from the years 1955-66.

Collection Details

Record Group
William Edward Whitford papers
Whitford, William Edward, 1902-1984
0.5 Linear Feet, 12 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains 12 of Whitford's date books from the years 1955 to 1966. Date books include entries for personal, social and cultural events, many of which took place at Duke.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], William Edward Whitford Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

William Edward Whitford was an undergraduate at Trinity College in Durham, NC, where he served as a laboratory assistant in physics and organized the school's first student laundry system. After graduating in 1927, he became an employee of Duke University, and in 1930, he became the first resident of West Campus. During his 45 years working for Duke, he served as building inspector, facilities coordinator, Director of Operations and Maintenance, assistant business manager for the University and senior consultant in engineering affairs and planted many of the oak trees on Duke's West Campus. He died in 1984.

Related Material

  • William Edward Whitford Taped Conversation Spring 1981. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Operations and Maintenance Dept. Records, 1919-1957. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Educational Facilities Committee Records, 1962-1986. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Building Reference Collection, 1972-2004. (University Archives. Duke University.)

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The William Edward Whitford Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accession is described in this finding aid.