|About the Book|
If Gargoyles Could Talk: Sketches of Duke University is a compilation of seventy-one articles on selected topics in the history of Duke University. The articles originally appeared in Dialogue, a weekly campus publication, over the last seven years.MoreIf Gargoyles Could Talk: Sketches of Duke University is a compilation of seventy-one articles on selected topics in the history of Duke University. The articles originally appeared in Dialogue, a weekly campus publication, over the last seven years. Chronologically, the articles cover the period of Union Institute and Trinity College in Randolph County (1838-1892), Trinity College in Durham (1892-1924), and Duke University (1924-). In general, the topics are about significant Duke family and campus individuals, buildings and construction, educational programs and professional schools, athletics, and topics of general interest. The subjects are as varied as a forgotten president, a visit by Booker T. Washington (his first to a white southern college), the origin of the Blue Devil mascot, the stone setters who built the campus, student dance bands in the 1930s, the employment of German Jewish emigres who fled Nazi Germany, the campus controversy over tobacco throughout the years, Richard M. Nixon, the vote by the trustees to divest the university of investments in South Africa, Julian F. Abele, the African American chief designer of the architectural firm that designed the Georgian and Gothic campuses in Durham, and Durhams Rose Bowl. Written by William King, the University Archivist, If Gargoyles Could Talk contributes new historical information discovered in the university archives, while emphasizing that the modern research university that is Duke University is built upon its predecessor institution, Trinity College. Carefully researched and engagingly written, this volume should have great appeal to anyone interested in the history of higher education or in North Carolina history, but will be of special interest to alumni and friends of Duke University.