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In this rich and authoritative history, distinguished historian Robert F. Durden tells the story of the formation of Duke University, beginning with its creation in 1924 as a new institution organized around Trinity College. As Durden reveals, this narrative belongs first and foremost to Duke University's original President, William Preston Few, whose visionary leadership successfully launched the building of the first voluntarily supported research university in the South. In focusing on Duke University's most formative and critical years--its first quarter century--Durden commemorates Few's remarkable successes while recognizing the painful realities and uncertainties of a young institution. Made possible by a gift from James B. Duke, the wealthiest member of the family that had underwritten Trinity College since 1890, Duke University was organized with Few as president. Few's goal was to turn Duke into a world-class institution of higher education and these early years saw the development of much of what we know as Duke University today. Drawing on extensive archival material culled over a ten-year period, Durden discusses the building of the Medical Center, the rebuilding of the School of Law, the acquisition of the Duke Forest and development of the School of Forestry, the nurturing of the Divinity School, and the enrichment of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. It was also during this period, as Durden details, that such treasures as the Sarah P. Duke Gardens were created, as well as some near treasures, as seen by the failed attempt to start an art museum. Although the story of the birth of this University belongs largely to William Preston Few, other people figure prominently and are discussed at length. Alice Baldwin, who led in the establishment of the Woman's College, emerges as a fascinating figure, as do William H. Wannamaker, James B. Duke, William Hanes Ackland, Robert L. Flowers, Justin Miller, and Wilburt Cornell Davision, among others. Although impressive growth occurred in Duke's formative years, tensions also arose. The need to strike an institutional balance between the twin demands of teaching and research, of regional versus national status, combined with continual shortages of funds, created occasional obstacles. The problem of two sets of trustees, one for the university and another for the Duke Endowment, loomed largest of all. As Few himself said, during these early years Duke successfully embarked on a long journey, for it was not until after World War II that Duke University consolidated the growth begun in the inter-war years. An important contribution to the history of Southern higher education as well as to Duke University, this book will be of great interest to historians, alumni, and friends of Duke University alike.
Includes announcements and catalogs of courses of instruction, and sundry reports, directories, information and regulations of the university and its various schools and colleges. These announcements, catalogs, etc. are subseries of the Bulletin and usually carry issue nos. within each vol. or academic year, but not necessarily the same issue no. each year.
Duke University was officially founded in 1924. Until 1950 it was designed primarily by Julian Abele, one of the few professional African-American architects working in the United States at that time. The campus architecture is best known for its medieval-style Gothic buildings, notably Duke Chapel.
College guides written by students for students. Duke University Students Tell It Like It Is This insider guide to Duke University in Durham, NC, features more than 160 pages of in-depth information, including student reviews, rankings across 20 campus life topics, and insider tips from students on campus. Written by a student at Duke, this guidebook gives you the inside scoop on everything from academics and nightlife to housing and the meal plan. Read both the good and the bad and discover if Duke is right for you. One of nearly 500 College Prowler guides, this Duke guide features updated facts and figures along with the latest student reviews and insider tips from current students on campus. Find out what it s like to be a student at Duke and see if Duke is the place for you.
Provides a look at Duke University from the students' viewpoint.
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In this detailed history of infectious diseases, John Hamilton draws upon his extensive experience with other faculty members and staff and delivers an insider’s account of some of the more prevalent and/or serious diseases, the physicians and researchers studying them, and the programs supporting them at Duke University and its affiliate, the Durham VA Medical Center. Combining insights from his own experience and almost 100 interviews of current and former faculty members and staff and his complete access to the Medical Center Archives, he explores: Medical education, public health, and the disease portfolio before and during the 20th century in the world, the state and the city of Durham, North Carolina; Reasons why James B. “Buck” Duke invested his money into what became Duke University; Relevant personal and professional papers belonging to departed or deceased faculty; And provides extensive references for those who wish to delve into the science.

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