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Introduction to Duke University History

Resources for learning about Duke University history.

Duke University Publications

Publications produced by Duke University departments and organizations provide contemporary accounts of campus events, and are often a good source for gauging student, faculty, and staff reactions to campus issues. To see a list of digitized Duke publications, visit our Digital Materials research guide.

The Duke Chronicle (library catalog records)

  • Our student newspaper began publishing as the Trinity Chronicle on December 19, 1905.
  • Issues of the Duke Chronicle from 1905 to May 2000 have been fully digitized.
  • Beginning around 1993, articles are available online at the Duke Chronicle's website. Please note that the online archives of The Duke Chronicle does not reproduce advertisements, including classified ads.

Chanticleer (library catalog record)

  • The Chanticleer—our student yearbook—published its first volume in spring 1912 (covering the 1911-1912 academic year).
  • Access to digitized copies of the Chanticleer is provided as part of the Duke University Libraries' Internet Archive collection.

DukEngineer (library catalog record)

The Trinity Archive and The Archive (library catalog record)

  • Before The Trinity Chronicle began to publish in December 1905, the school's literary magazine, the Trinity Archive, functioned as a source of campus news and thought. The Archive is still being published, but is now strictly a literary magazine.
  • An index to the Trinity Archive (covering November 1887 to May 1932) is available online as part of the Duke University Libraries' Internet Archive collection.
  • Access to digitized copies of the Trinity Archive and the Archive is provided as part of the Duke University Libraries' Internet Archive collection. Right now, it's tricky to discern issue dates for these digitized issues. Issues through 1924 can be accessed chronologically through HathiTrust. We're working on a better way to access later issues by date.

The Duke Alumni Register (library catalog record)

  • Published by Trinity College's—and later Duke University's—Alumni Association starting in April 1915, the Alumni Register contains articles on campus milestones, events, trends, and people, as well as alumni updates.
  • Subject and name indexes are available as card files in the Duke University Archives. Please contact University Archives staff for assistance.
  • Access to digitized copies of the Alumni Register (1915-1983) 

Duke Magazine (library catalog record)

Try searching the Libraries' catalog with the subject heading "Duke University -- Periodicals" or "Duke University -- Students -- Periodicals" to locate additional Duke publications.