Guide to the W. Porter Kellam scrapbook, 1922-1926


William Porter Kellam was an undergraduate and graduate student at Trinity College/Duke University from 1922 to 1929. The scrapbook includes autograph pages, photographs, clippings and memorabilia related to Trinity College and Duke University athletics, commencement, arts events and campus life. The scrapbook ranges in date from 1922 to 1929.

Collection Details

Record Group
W. Porter Kellam scrapbook
Kellam, William Porter
1.5 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains autograph pages, news clippings, correspondence, programs and memorabilia from music, theater and commencement events. Included are photographs of two of Duke University's early international students, Rodolfo Rivera, AM 1929, Ph.D. 1932, from Puerto Rico (3 photos) --Fung Hui So, AB 1926, from China (2 photos and an autograph).

Also contains photographs of campus scenes, the track, basketball and football teams, the University of Richmond [VA], and many snapshots of Trinity football games. The scrapbook ranges in date from 1922 to 1929.

More Biographical / Historical Info


Kellam originally included these items in a 36-page, string-bound patent scrapbook published by the College Memorabilia Company, with the Trinity College seal on the cover. Because the string of the binding had broken, the scrapbook pages were placed in folders, for preservation.

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[Identification of item], W. Porter Kellam scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Scrapbook, 1922-1929

This scrapbook contains autograph pages, correspondence, photographs, clippings, and memorabilia from Kellam's time at Trinity College/Duke University from 1922 to 1929. Most of the photographs are identified. The major subjects of the photographs are as follows:

Trinity and Duke Athletics, including snapshots of baseball players (Duke), basketball players (Trinity), and track and football action shots

1926 commencement, including the class mascot (a bull painted on a brick wall)

Campus Buildings, including the Trinity Library, Alspaugh, Duke gymnasium, Lanier and Branson Halls, the home of Professor Aldridge, Epworth Inn, Aycock, Craven, and East Duke

University of Richmond campus

Eno River

Kellam's memorabilia includes programs from YMCA musical events, Taurian Players shows, May Day and Tombs Initiation events, as well as remnants from the 1926 Senior Banquet (menu, tissue-paper flower, and hat). The scrapbook also includes programs from Watts Hospital-Trinity School of Nurses commencement exercises. The news clippings are primarily of Trinity sports events and of the building plans for Duke University. Also includes badges from Kellam's 25th and 26th reunions at Duke.

Also included are images of two of Trinity/Duke's early international students, Rodolfo Rivera, AM 1929, Ph.D. 1932, from Puerto Rico (3 photos), and Fung Hui So, AB 1926, from China (2 photos and an autograph).

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Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Originally from McLeansville, NC, William Porter Kellam came to Trinity College in 1922. He was on the varsity track team his first year and served as library assistant in his third and fourth years, and as assistant in French in his third. He also belonged to the French club. He graduated in 1926 with a degree in French, and completed an A.M. in 1929.

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The W. Porter Kellam scrapbook was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, August 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A77-59 is described in this finding aid.