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Duke Magazine Retro: "Uncle Terry Saves the Day"
As a former governor, Terry Sanford often used his political skills during his tenure as Duke president from 1970 to 1985. One of his best-known missives, the “Avuncular Letter,” was sent to the undergraduate students in 1984.
At once humorous and chiding, effective but gentle, the letter, signed “Uncle Terry,” is a triumph of Sanford’s acumen. The story behind the letter, however, tells the tale of the long-standing problem facing Sanford, as well as the path it set toward the creation of what we now know as “Cameron Crazies.”
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- Barry Sharoff Papers on the Duke Vigil, 1968-1988
- Latino/a Studies in the Global South Records, 2001-2016
- Jay Carl Anderson Photographs and Papers, 1974-2001
- President's Committee to Address Discrimination in the Classroom Records, 1982-1989
- Paul D. Carrington Papers, 1985-2013
- Diversity Working Group Records, 1998-2003
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- Duke Alumni LGBTQ Oral Histories, 2015-2016
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