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African Americans in Durham, NC in the Rubenstein Library

Collections Documenting Black Life in the Bull City

Institutions and Organizations

  • Church Fan Collection, 1900s-1950s - Sixteen early-twentieth-century hand-held church fans from Saint Joseph's AME Church in Durham depicting biblical and devotional scenes and displaying advertisements for local businesses (some owned by African Americans).
  • John Avery Boys Club records, 1939-1971 - Collection comprises organizational records (48 items), primarily budget documents, but also including some letters, board meeting minutes, meeting agendas, and memoranda, dating 1939-1946. 
  • Leroy T. Walker Africa News Service Archive, 1952-1988 - News service founded in Durham, N.C., in 1973. Resource files of newspaper clippings, articles, press releases, reports, and other printed materials assembled by the Africa News Service, an organization devoted to distributing information on current events in Africa.
  • Lincoln Hospital Records, 1901-1988 - Lincoln Hospital was a Durham hospital established in 1901 by Dr. Aaron Moore, Dr. Stanford Warren and John Merrick to serve African Americans in the area. The Lincoln Hospital Records primarily comprise the institution's administrative and medical files. 
  • North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Archives, 1888-2008 - The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Archives documents the development of N.C. Mutual in Durham, N.C., and contributes to the historic record on African American businesses and entrepreneurship in the South and in the United States.
  • Sam Reed papers 1973-2001 - Collection pertains to Reed's political and community activism, the civil rights movement, and race and labor relations issues in the South. Consists of the records of the Durham, N.C. organization founded by Reed, Trumpet of Conscience, and a run of the newsletter of the same name, 1987-2000. Trumpet of Conscience editions are available online here.
  • Women-in-Action for the Prevention of Non-Violence and it's Causes, Inc, Durham Chapter records, 1968-1998 - Documents the organization's involvement in the Durham community on a variety of issues, including easing racial tensions; smoothing the way for court ordered school integration in 1970; providing for the recreational and cultural needs of disadvantaged youth; and establishing a clearinghouse to offer information and referral services to Durham citizens for a variety of social problems.