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Walking Through Durham's Past: Finding Primary Sources

Oral Histories


The Durham Herald is the primary newspaper source about Durham. The Herald began in the late 1800's but our holdings begin in 1901. We hold these issues in microfilm in Bostock Library. The paper was owned by a single family until the last ten years, was focused on Durham and is indexed.   Microfilm number is S5133S

A Newspaper History of Race Relations in Durham, N.C. 1910-1940  This is a thesis written in 1941 interesting because of the use of newspaper accounts.

Carolina Times  This is a long time weekly  Durham newspaper edited by and for African Americans. This online version begins in 1937 and runs through 1964 with some substantial gaps. We also hold microfilm (Microfilm call number S43) which includes dates  after 1964 and up until 1994. We have current issues in paper. Additional information about the topics covered in the Carolina Times, and occasionally reprints of Carolina Times articles, are often included in the online database  Proquest Black Newspapers.

Other newspaper sources with significant Durham news include The News and Observer (Raleigh, 1880's- present)  Microform Call number S151, The NC Independent (1982 to present) and the Duke Chronicle are also held  by Duke Libraries There are indexes for the Chronicle and the News and Observer.

Online access via America's Newspapers and Lexis Nexis for selected regional papers  from the early 1980's might supplement your search. The Durham Herald, the News and Observer and NC Independent have been covered at various times in one of these sources.

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Carson Holloway
Librarian for Military History, History of Science and Technology, Britain, Ireland and Commonwealth

Perkins and Lilly Libraries