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Brogden Middle School records

Identifier: NCC-0011

Scope and Contents

The collection contains reports, brochures, clippings, photographs, and serial publications documenting the history of Brodgen Middle School. The reports are for periodic accreditation evaluation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Publications include newsletter "News from the Dragons' Den," student-run newspaper The Satellite, and compilations of student poems and writings. Photographs document school classroom scenes and outdoor activities, as well as larger portraits of the football team. The collection also contains a 16 mm reel film of promotional material.


  • 1934 - 2014

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Located on Leon Street in Durham, NC, Brogden Middle School opened in 1959 as part of the Durham city schools system. It was named after Willis J. Brogden, a justice of the North Carolina State Supreme Court appointed in 1925. He was also involved in Durham affairs, serving as the city's mayor 1911-1915 as well as principal of Fuller School county attorney. The school was initially a junior high school serving grades 7-9. When the school opened two black students applied to attend, part of a strong protest among the black community of Durham schools' lingering segregation. However, desegregation did not begin in earnest until 1963. Brogden was changed from a junior high to a middle school serving grades 6-8 in 1982, along with other junior high schools in the system. The building was remodeled in 1976 and 2000.


2.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes: 3 document boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized into four series: History, Administrative materials, Publications, and Audiovisual Materials.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

16mm film cannot be viewed and must be reformatted before access is granted. Contact staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Finding Aid for the Brogden Middle School Records
Jamie Patrick-Burns
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Jamie Patrick-Burns

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States