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An Introduction to Duke History

You may want to get a quick overview of Duke history before you start on your work! The UA's website has a ton of historical information, including this brief history of Duke and this FAQs page.

These two books, though not exhaustive by any means, also provide quick and heavily-illustrated timelines of Duke history:

  • Duke Illustrated: A Timeline of Duke University History, 1838-2011. Durham: Duke University Archives, 2011. (print copy)
  • Booher, Bridget. Women at Duke Illustrated: Making Duke History since 1838. Durham: Duke University Archives, 2014. (print copy)

If you need something more in depth, these are the key secondary sources about Duke and Durham. They have great indexes, so they're easy to dip into when you need background on a historical person, issue, or event:

  • Anderson, Jean. Durham County. 2nd edition. Durham : Duke University Press, 2011. (print copy or ebook)
  • Chaffin, Nora Campbell. Trinity College, 1839-1892: The Beginnings of Duke University. Durham: Duke University Press, 1950. (print copy)
  • Durden, Robert F. The Launching of Duke University, 1924-1949. Durham: Duke University Press, 1993. (print copy or ebook)
  • Porter, Earl W. Trinity and Duke, 1892-1924. Durham: Duke University Press, 1964. (print copy or ebook)

You'll notice that Professor Robert Durden's book ends in 1949--there isn't a secondary source on Duke history that covers 1950 to the present, although Jean Anderson's book will touch upon more recent major developments.

You can also check our Introduction to Duke University History research guide for even more information and pointers to UA collections!

Digitized University Archives Materials

Spend some time browsing through the materials--like Duke publications, photos, audio and video recordings, and more--that the University Archives has digitized.