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Durham and Local History: Biographical Information

General guides to materials on Durham

Durham Biographies

The biographies of Durham Citizens are largely confined to newspaper articles although Illustrious citizens have had published biographies.  Collelction descriptions s of  manuscripts in the Duke Special Collections Library often  include authoratative, if brief biographical notations.   


Julian S  Carr

Jule Carr : general without an army   by  Webb, Mena. (Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1987.)

F264.D9 W43 1987



James B Duke,

Bold entrepreneur : a life of James B. Duke    by Durden, Robert Franklin. (Durham, NC : Carolina Academic Press, c2003.)


HD9140.D85 D873 2003


Washington Duke,

There is no authoratative single biography of the progenitor of the Duke family but a collective biography of the family and a great book is:

The Dukes of Durham, 1865-1929   by Durden, Robert Franklin. (Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1975.)

CS71 .D877 1975



George W. Watts

Favored by fortune : George W. Watts & the Hills of Durham    by  Covington, Howard E. (Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library : Distributed by the University of North Carolina Press, c2004.)

Perkins and Lilly:  F264 .D9 C69 2004