Duke University. Board of Trustees

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The Duke University Board of Trustees has existed since 1924, and grew out of the Trinity College Board of Trustees that existed from 1859 to 1924. The Board is responsible for making major steering decisions in the administration of the school.

From the description of Board of Trustees records, 1860-2004. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 58974462

The Board of Trustees of Duke University was originally formed when the Union Institute Society's 1839 constitution established a body with responsibility for the oversight of the affairs of Union Institute Academy of Randolph County, North Carolina. The Board was legally recognized in 1841 by an act of the North Carolina General Assembly incorporating Union Institute Academy as a private school for boys. In 1851, the Union Institute Academy changed to become Normal College, an institution dedicated to the training of teachers. The Board members remained largely the same, but new members were also added. In 1856, the Board approved resolutions to allow Normal College to become the official college of the North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. With the change came more Board members representing the Methodist Church, and a new charter was approved by the Board. In 1859, Normal College changed its name to "Trinity College." A set of bylaws was also drawn up, and these by-laws form the basis of Duke University's present-day bylaws.

In 1892, Trinity College moved to Durham County to take advantage of a more urban setting and to seek more financial support. In 1924, the University received a major endowment from James B. Duke, who along with his father, Washington Duke, and brother, Benjamin Duke, had made a fortune in tobacco and power companies. In his honor, the Board of Trustees changed the name of Trinity College to Duke University (although the undergraduate institution still retains the name Trinity College).

Although the bylaws of the Board have been modified over the years, the Duke University Board of Trustees is still the body that makes the university's major administrative and strategic decisions. The Board consists of 36 members, including the current president of Duke University. As of 2005, the Bylaws of Duke University stated, "The thirty-six elected Trustees shall be elected as follows: twelve by the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church; twelve by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church; and twelve by the graduates of Duke University." The Board is administered by the Office of the University Secretary. To read the current bylaws of Duke University and to see a list of current Board members, visit the University Secretary's webpage at: http://www.duke.edu/web/ous/

From the guide to the Board of Trustees Records, ., 1860-ongoing, (University Archives, Duke University)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Knight, Douglas M., 1921-2005. Douglas M. Knight records, 1949-1970. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Brodie, H. Keith H. (Harlow Keith Hammond), 1939-. H. Keith H. Brodie, President, records, 1963-1994. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Duke University. University Archives. Nixon Library Controversy collection, 1981-2001. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Duke University. Administrative Council. Administrative Council records, 1959-1969. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Duke University. Office of the Secretary. Office of the University Secretary records, 1924-ongoing. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Saito, Vicki Y. Vicki Y. Saito records, 1984-2000. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Few, William Preston, 1867-1940. William Preston Few records and papers, 1814-1971 (bulk 1911-1940). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Edens, Arthur Hollis, 1901-. A. Hollis Edens records, 1949-1960. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Duke University. News Service. News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Duke University. Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. Office of the Dean. Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean Records, 1934-2003. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Semans family. Semans family papers, 1809-2008 (bulk 1920-1991) Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Duke University. Board of Trustees. Board of Trustees records, 1860-2004. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Upchurch, Walter McGowan. Walter McGowan Upchurch papers, 1841-1977. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Hanks, Nancy, 1927-1983. Papers, 1924-1983; (bulk 1969-1977). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Duke University. University Archives. Board of Trustees Reference collection, 1941-2002. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Smith, Willis, 1887-1953. Papers, 1919-1954 and undated. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Bennett, James Leonard. James Leonard Bennett papers, 1968-1993. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Duke University. University Archives. University Archives Photographic Negative Collection, 1855-1995. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Saito, Vicki Y. Vicki Y. Saito records, 1984-2006. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Hart, Deryl, b. 1894. J. Deryl Hart records, 1959-1980 (bulk 1960-1963). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Hanks, Nancy, 1927-1983. Papers, 1894-1987 (bulk 1945-1983). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Towe, Kenneth C., 1893-. Papers, 1912-1978. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Keohane, Nannerl O., 1940-. Oral history interview with Nannerl O. Keohane, 2004. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Gross, Paul Magnus, 1895-1986. Paul M. Gross papers, 1935-1979. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Womble, Bunyan S., 1882-1976. Bunyan S. Womble Papers, 1900-1976. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Duke University. Office of the University Treasurer. Office of the University Treasurer records, 1893-1982. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Horne, Joshua Lawrence. Papers, 1917-1974. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Duke University. Commission on University Governance. Commission on University Governance records, 1969-1971. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Saito, VIcki Y. Vicki Y. Saito records, 1984-2006. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
creatorOf Board of Trustees Records, ., 1860-ongoing University Archives, Duke University.
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Bennett, James Leonard. person
associatedWith Brodie, H. Keith H. (Harlow Keith Hammond), 1939- person
associatedWith Duke University corporateBody
associatedWith Duke University. Administrative Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Duke University. Commission on University Governance. corporateBody
associatedWith Duke University. News Service. corporateBody
associatedWith Duke University. Office of the Secretary. corporateBody
associatedWith Duke University. Office of the University Treasurer. corporateBody
associatedWith Duke University. Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. Office of the Dean. corporateBody
associatedWith Duke University. University Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Edens, Arthur Hollis, 1901- person
associatedWith Few, William Preston, 1867-1940. person
associatedWith Gross, Paul Magnus, 1895-1986. person
associatedWith Hanks, Nancy, 1927-1983. person
associatedWith Hart, Deryl, b. 1894. person
associatedWith Horne, Joshua Lawrence. person
associatedWith Keohane, Nannerl O., 1940- person
associatedWith Knight, Douglas M., 1921-2005. person
associatedWith Saito, Vicki Y. person
associatedWith Semans family. family
associatedWith Smith, Willis, 1887-1953. person
associatedWith Towe, Kenneth C., 1893- person
associatedWith Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Trinity College (Durham, N.C.). Board of Trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Trinity College (Randolph County, N.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Trinity College (Randolph County, N.C.). Board of Trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Upchurch, Walter McGowan. person
associatedWith Womble, Bunyan S., 1882-1976. person
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