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Black History at Duke University

A guide to University Archives materials documenting the experiences and impact of African American students, employees, faculty, and organizations of Duke University. Created by Jessica Wood, Ph.D., 2011-2012 University Archives King Intern.

Getting Started: Books, Articles, Theses, and Reference Collections

Cole, R. Taylor. The Recollections of R. Taylor Cole, Educator, Emissary, Development Planner. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1983.

Duke University. Legacy, 1963-1993: Thirty Years of African-American students at Duke University. Durham: Duke University, 1995. (View digitized volume.)

Kean, Melissa. Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South: Duke, Emory, Rice, Tulane, and Vanderbilt. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, c2008.

Kean, Melissa. "The Early, Unsuccessful Effort to Desegregate Duke University." The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. 62 (Winter 2008/2009): 84-86.

Reference collections are prepared by Duke University Archives staff to provide brief overviews of popular topics in Duke University's history. You may want to begin your research by studying the materials in these collections as a way of orienting yourself to this topic.

Archival Materials on Desegration at Duke

Three of the first African American undergraduates at Duke, Class of 1967Primary source material on desegregation at Duke can be found in the archival collections listed below.

Please note that administrative office records are restricted for a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material. To use these materials, permission must be obtained from the office of origin. Contact the University Archives staff for assistance with requesting permission!