Department of Arts & Health at Duke Records, 1939-2014

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Summary

Creator:
Department of Arts & Health at Duke
Abstract:
Contains the collected materials of the Department of Arts & Health at Duke, a department established in 1978 to promote the role of the arts and humanities in healthcare at Duke Hospital. Types of materials include administrative files, grant reports, subject files, research project files, articles, publications, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, video tapes, audio cassette tapes, exhibit material, exhibit budgets, artwork, artifacts, personal gift requests and records, performance programs, notes, correspondence, and administrative materials. Major subjects include arts and healthcare as a discipline, cultural arts programming undertaken at Duke Hospital, funding and grant sources, and the "Duke Employee Shows." Materials range in date from 1939 to 2014.
Extent:
48.7 Linear Feet (23 cartons, 1 manuscript box, 5 flat boxes, 14 map folders) and 8 items on the mobile art cart
Collection ID:
AR.0142

Background

Scope and content:

This collection contains the collected materials of the Department of Arts & Health at Duke. The bulk of the material spans 1978 to 2009 and consists of funding and grant reports, subject files, research project files, articles, publications, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, video tapes, audio cassette tapes, artwork, artifacts, personal gift requests and records, performance programs, notes, correspondence, and administrative materials. Major subjects include funding and grant sources, arts and healthcare as a discipline, cultural arts programming undertaken at Duke Hospital, the venipuncture research project, and the "Duke Employee Shows." Materials range in date from 1939 to 2014.

Biographical / historical:

The Department of Arts & Health at Duke was established in 1978 as the Cultural Services Program. Founded by James H. Semans, MD, and Wayne Rundles, MD, with initial support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the program's goal was to explore the roles that the arts and humanities might play in a hospital environment and the healing process. The program began with sponsoring the performing arts at the hospital through monthly musical performances in the Duke Hospital cafeteria. It soon grew to offer a variety of visual, performing, and literary arts programs. Such projects included the installation of visual art exhibits, the acquisition of artwork for patients' rooms, the implementation of a literary program for journaling and poetry, the creation of a hospital television channel with arts and cultural programs, and the development of a circulation lending library of books and music on tape, among many others.
Under the leadership of Janice Palmer, who served as director from the founding until 1999, the Arts & Health Department stood as a leader in the international arts and healthcare movement. It was instrumental in organizing the first convocation of hospital arts programs in 1989, which led to the creation of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2014.028 (transferred by Sharon Swanson, July 2014), Accession A2015.014 (transferred by Sharon Swanson, May 2015), Accession A2015.026 (transferred by Sharon Swanson, June 2015), Accession A2015.028 (transferred by Sharon Swanson, July 2015), Accession A2015.029 (transferred by Sharon Swanson, July 2015), Accession A2015.035 (transferred by Sharon Swanson, August 2015), Accession A2016.035 (transferred by Jennifer Collins-Mancour, July 2016), Accession A2016.036 (transferred by Jennifer Collins-Mancour, August 2016), Accession A2016.043 (transferred by Jennifer Collins-Mancour, August 2016), Accession A2016.047 (transferred by Jennifer Collins-Mancour, September 2016), Accession A2017.018 (transferred by Katja Hill, April 2017), Accession A2018.058 (transferred by William Dawson, August 2018), Accession A2024.006 (transferred by Janice Palmer, January 2024)
Processing information:

Processed by Alex Dowrey: November 2015; updated by Lucy Waldrop and Kahlee Leingang under the supervision of Lucy Waldrop: August 2016; updated by Lucy Waldrop: August 2016; updated by Lucy Waldrop and Alex Dowrey and Kahlee under the supervision of Lucy Waldrop: September 2016; updated by Lucy Waldrop: April 2017; updated by McKenzie Long under the supervision of Lucy Waldrop: August 2018, January 2024

Arrangement:
This collection is organized into the following series and accession: Records, 1939-2013; Scrapbooks, Photographs, and Clippings, 1979-2014; Slides, 1979-2000; Video Tapes, 1978-2006; Audio Cassette Tapes, 1961-2002; Artwork and Artifacts, 1978-1999, "Gathering in the Stories" Exhibition, 2006; Duke Hospital Display, 1985, 1990-1991, undated; Accession A2016.047, 1967-2014; Accession A2018.058, 1980-2011. Material within this collection has been organized by accession reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. Researchers should note that material within each accession overlaps with/or relates to material found in other accessions. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each accession described in the Series Scope and Contents section. Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the DUMCA.
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Corporate Name(s):
Department of Arts & Health at Duke
Duke University. Hospital
Duke University. Medical Center
Topical Term(s):
Hospitals.
Art.
Art in hospitals.
Humanities.

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This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals or IRB approval may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Duke University assumes no responsibility.
Contains Medical Center Administrative records. These include records of the officers of the University, as defined in the Bylaws, the deans of schools and colleges, and departments, institutes, and other offices as designated by the President. For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the director of the office of record and the Medical Center Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the Medical Center Archivist. (Issued by the Office of the Chancellor, December 1, 1975).

Terms of access:

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred citation:

[Identification of item], Department of Arts and Health Records at Duke, Duke University Medical Center Archives.