1. Try searching on the student's name in the Libraries catalog (limit your results to "University Archives only"). We may have honors papers or other things written by the student, or sometimes (particularly if they were student leaders), their names will come up in the descriptive information about an archival collection.
2. Search for the student's name in the digitized issues of the Duke Chronicle.
3. Browse for them in the Chanticleer (Duke's yearbook). These can be great sources for photos of campus activities, as well as for information about individual students.
4. The Chanticleer or the Chronicle may provide clues as to what organizations & activities your student participated in. You can then search on that organization's name in the catalog--we may have records or other documentation about the organization from the student's time period.
1. Try searching on the administrator or faculty member's name in the Libraries catalog. You might find that we have the administrator or faculty member's papers. If this is the case, the "collection guide" for those papers will include biographical information about the person.
2. Search for the administrator or faculty member's name in the digitized issues of the Duke Chronicle, as described in the "Finding Students" section above.
3. The University Archives has two collections of biographical files that will provide folders of newspaper clippings and CVs on Duke administrators and faculty:
The links above will take you to the collection guides for these collections. Try searching the guides on the administrator or faculty member's last name to see if there are any folders about him/her/them. (Note that people sometimes have folders in more than one box!)
These folders will contain newspaper clippings, copies of CVs, and other basic biographical information--much of it might not be specific to your particular topic, but it'll give you a general sense of the person's career and role at Duke.