Guide to the York House Records, 1966-1979


York House was formed in 1961. Contains the records of York House, an independent living group for upperclassmen and underclassmen, at Duke University. Types of materials include newsletters, financial summaries, constitutions, and miscellaneous notes. Major subjects include residential living at Duke University, student life, alcohol use, and social activities among students. Materials are dated from 1966 to 1979.

Collection Details

Record Group
York House records
Duke University. York House
0.2 Linear Feet, 200 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains materials relating to the general governance and social activities of residents of York House, a Duke University Residence Hall.

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[Identification of item], York House Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Constitution and Miscellaneous Papers, 1976-1979
Box 1
Financial Records, circa 1970-1978
Box 1
The White Rose, 1966, 1969
Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

York House was an independent cross-sectional living group formed at Duke University in the 1961-1962 academic year. York House, along with the now defunct Lancaster House, became a permanent living group in 1964. In 1978, it was the only non-selective, cross-sectional co-ed dormitory on West Campus. York House sought to promote friendship and unity among its diverse members.

Residents of York House took ski trips, hosted a backgammon tournament and cookouts, had ice cream socials and formal dance parties. Semester plans normally included parties, a breakfast, movie nights, bowling nights, and study breaks. York House residents also collected books from faculty and students to create a small reference library. In the late 1960s, house members published The White Rose, an informational handbook for house members.

York House was located in Edens Quad and was part of the Edens Federation, a unifying body for advocacy, activity planning, community building, and decision making. The Edens Federation was established in the late 1970s for West Campus residents of Mirecourt, Taylor, Burton, Lancaster, Tabard, and York Houses. As a residential unit, York House had to conform to rules set by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Housing Management.

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The York House Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, January 2003

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2006

Accession A77-205 is described in this finding aid.