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Friends of the Durham Library Records

Title: Friends of the Durham Library Records
Inclusive Dates: 1963-1998 and undated
Extent of Materials: 6 Hollinger boxes (2.4 linear feet; approx. 4,500 items)
Location: Duke Storage
Date of Accession: 2011
Donor: The Friends of the Durham Library
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR
Processor: Amy McDonald
Subject Headings: Durham County (N.C.). Library.
Friends of the library.
Libraries — North Carolina — Durham.
Scope and Content: The collection has been organized into three series. Chronological files prepared by the Friends document the organization’s activites for that particular year, and include meeting minutes, event and fundraising materials, outreach publications, and organizational correspondence. Subject files build upon the materials in the chronological files, and were maintained separately by the Friends. The third series includes the files of Nancy Henderson-James, Friends secretary (1983-1984) and Book Sale co-chair (1983-1993) and Lois Holt, chair of the annual banquet committee (1989-1992) and president of the Friends (1992-1993). The collection includes a small number of photographs, mostly of the Friends’ annual banquet, which have been placed in protective sleeves. Two small metal nameplates, engraved with the organization’s name, have also been kept as artifacts.
Related Materials: Durham County Library Association, 1969-2001. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library.
Durham County Public Library Archives, 1897-ongoing. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library.
Restrictions: The collection is open for research
Biographical/Historical Note: The Friends of the Durham Library was founded in 1968 for the purpose of “stimulating [the] growth and improvement of the public library of Durham County” by supporting library services and programs and aiding in the development of the library’s physical spaces. The Friends provide financial and volunteer support for the Durham County Library, engaging in a variety of fundraising activities, including, most prominently, their biannual Book Sale
Organization of Collection: 1. Chronological Files, 1976-1998
2. Subject Files, 1963-1998
3. Personal Papers, 1983-1993
Container List: Chronological Files, 1976-1998
Box 1
Chronological File 1976
Chronological File 1977
Chronological File 1978
Chronological File 1979
Chronological File 1980
Chronological File 1981
Chronological File 1982
Chronological File 1983
Chronological File 1984
Box 2
Chronological File 1985
Chronological File 1986
Chronological File 1987
Chronological File 1988
Chronological File 1989
Chronological File 1990
Box 3
Chronological File 1991
Chronological File 1992
Chronological File 1993
Chronological File 1994
Chronological File 1995
Chronological File 1996
Chronological File (meeting minutes) 1997
Chronological File (meeting minutes) 1998
Subject Files, 1963-1998
Box 4
Articles of Incorporation and Tax-Exempt Documents 1968-1985
Book Sale 1973-1996
Book Sale Posters 1982-1997 and undated
“A Branch Library for North Durham” Petition 1979

The folder contains three photographs of the branch library building.

By-Laws 1977-1990
Clippings 1986, 1989-1990
Development of the Friends 1963-1968
Events 1985-1991 and undated
Financial Materials FY 1989-1990
Financial Materials FY 1990-1991
Financial Materials 1985-1993
Friends Annual Banquet 1987-1991
Friends Banquet Photos 1991
Friends Banquet Photos 1992
Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries 1987-1997

Includes two award certificates presented to the Durham County Libraries by the Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries in 1987 and 1988.

Friends of Stanford L. Warren Branch Library 1987-1992 and undated
Funding Requests 1987-1989
Box 5
Library Centennial 1993-1997
Meeting Minutes and Related Materials 1976-1982
Meeting Minutes and Related Materials 1985-1989
Meeting Minutes and Related Materials 1990-1991
Meeting Minutes and Related Materials 1992-1994 and undated
Meeting Minutes and Related Materials 1996-1998
Membership Brochures 1987 and undated
Nameplates undated

This folder contains two metal nameplates, engraved “Friends of the Durham Library, Inc.”

Newsletter: “News from Friends” 1982-1984
Newsletter: “The Best of Friends” 1986-1990, 1996-1998
Peter Chenery Correspondence 1971-1976

Peter Chenery served as the president of the Friends of the Durham Library in the 1970s. His correspondence includes several letters from Duke University professor Katharine Banham about the Friends’ support for a new main library building.

Sample Stationery undated
Box 6
Support for New Library Building 1971-1975, 1980
Writers Series 1983-1996
Personal Papers, 1983-1993
Box 6 (cont’d)
Nancy Henderson-James Papers

Book Sale Reports


Book Sale Planning and Correspondence

1983-1993 and undated

Correspondence and Materials from Leonard Sherwin


Friends of the Durham Library Materials


Friends of the Durham Library Materials


Friends of the Durham Library Board Materials

September-November 1986

Friends of the Durham Library Materials

Lois Holt Papers

Friends Spring Banquet Scrapbook


Spring Banquet Committee Materials