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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.

Blueprints, Plans, & Maps

Plan Showing Suggested Arrangement of East Campus, undatedPlan Showing Suggested Arrangement of East Campus, undated

The links below will take you to the online finding aids for collections containing blueprints, archictectural renderings and schematics, photographs of campus construction, regional maps, and documentation pertaining to the development of Duke University's land and buildings.

  • Horace Trumbauer Architectural Drawings Collection, 1924 - 1958: Contains blueprints, drawings, schematics, sketches, and written documentation generated by the Horace Trumbauer Architectural Firm while designing and building many of the buildings on the Duke University campus. Includes studies and blueprints for the Chapel, the Allen Building, Few Quadrangle, Wallace Wade Stadium, and many other campus buildings.
  • Operations and Maintenance Dept. Records, 1919-1957: Contains correspondence, plans, architectural drawings, blueprints, financial records, contracts, and other materials related to the construction and continued maintenance of Duke University buildings.
  • Property Plats Collection, ca. 1925-1932: Contains approximately 100 survey plats of Duke University properties prior to the construction on East Campus and West Campus and dating from the years 1925-1926. Also included are plats representing the Duke Homestead from 1932.
  • 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.

Digital Collections and Digital Resources

The links below will take you to online finding aids and websites for digital collections, exhibitions, and resources containing blueprints, archictectural renderings and schematics, photographs of campus construction, regional maps, and documentation pertaining to the development of Duke University's land and buildings.

Duke Yearlook on Flickr: Duke Yearlook is produced by the Duke University Archives to provide alumni and friends of Duke with a virtual yearbook of campus scenes from different campus eras. Photographs can be browsed generally or via multiple topical groups. New images are being added on a regular basis. 

Construction of Duke University, 1924-1932: This Duke Digital Collection contains hundreds of images, primarily photographs, documenting the construction of Duke University's campus. In addition to pictures of laborers, work sites, and materials, there are also pictures of Duke administrators and Durham businessmen involved with the projects. Scrapbooks, ephemera, clippings, and correspondence are also included.

Campus Drive Faculty Houses: This small online exhibition contains an architectural rendering for faculty housing, along with several photographs of completed homes and background information about construction dates and original occupants.

Digital Durham: This online collection contains a selection of digitzed primary sources that help illuminate the economic, social, cultural, and political history of a post-bellum southern community. Contains photographs, maps, correspondence, personal papers, and audio files.

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.

Contact the Duke University Archives

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Duke University Archives

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Box 90185
Durham, NC 27708

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