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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: Reference Collections

These 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 African American Students at Duke

Primary source materials on African American students 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 and the University Archivist.

  • Office of Minority Affairs Records, 1969-1993: Includes general files on black graduate and undergraduate students at Duke, the Black Student Alliance and other organizations for black students, the Office of Black Affairs, the President's Council on Black Affairs, the Black/White Relations Task Force, as well as materials on Duke's recruitment of black students. Also includes scrapbooks of clippings and flyers related to black student activities on campus