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Visual Materials in the University Archives

This guide will help researchers find a variety of visual materials within the holdings of the University Archives. Created by Rosemary K. J. Davis, Drill Intern in University Archives.

Artworks & Artifacts

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The links below will take you to the online finding aids for collections containing works of art including portraits, drawings, sketches, as well as artifacts and three-dimensional items.  

  • Artifacts and Relics Collection, 1830s-[ongoing]: Contains memorabilia and objects connected to Duke University, including pins, textiles, novelty promotional items, clothing, pennants, Wedgwood china, and other historically-significant objects.
  • Art and Artifacts Records, 1915 - 2005: Contains documentation about artwork and historical furnishings in the Duke University Libraries' collections, as well as in other campus buildings (excluding the Nasher Museum of Art). This information can be used to track and assess the provenance of these items.
  • University Archives Graphic Collection 1906-2000: Contains a variety of prints, original artworks and reproductions, technical drawings, calendars, postcards, architectural renderings, property plats, and other graphic ephemera related to Duke University.

Collections related to the Duke University Museum and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University: These collections contains brochures, flyers, exhibition catalogs, and other printed materials related to exhibitions, events, and development at the Duke University Museum and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Digital Collections and Online Resources

The links below will take you to Duke University Archives-prepared websites for digital collections, exhibitions, and resources containing works of art including portraits, drawings, sketches, as well as artifacts, relics, and dimensional items

Art and Artifacts on DukeSpace: Contains images of portraits, busts, paintings, and other related objects within the holdings of the University Archives and the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 

Portraits in the Gothic Reading Room: Contains background information and images of portraits on display in the Gothic Reading Room at Duke University.

Online Exhibitions by the Duke University Archives: The University Archives maintains a collection of online exhibitions that highlight photography, documents, and objects pertaining to various aspects of life at Duke University including sports, student activism, university architecture, and institutional history.

Copyright and Use Policy

Images found in these collections may be made available for scholarly or commerical use. Please contact us to discuss use permissions for these materials.

Fees will apply for commercial uses of Duke University Archives materials.