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Latinx History at Duke University

Finding People

Whether you're looking for students, faculty, or staff, the Chronicle is always a great first place to search! Be aware that faculty and staff members' position titles may change over time, so browse through your search results list for an article from roughly the same time period you're researching--that way, you'll know exactly what role the faculty or staff member served in at that time!

If you're looking for a faculty or staff member, there are some other things you might try:

  1. Search on their name in the Rubenstein Library's collection guide database. You may find a mention of them in a collection guide that'll explain who they are. Or if we have their papers, the collection guide will include a biographical note about them--and you can also see if there's anything in their papers that might be relevant to your research!
  2. Googling is totally fine! They may have a wikipedia page or scholarly journals may include obituaries when they die--those often come up in google searches.
  3. If you really want to know all about the person, check and see if they have a folder in the News Service Biographical Files or the Biographical Reference Collection.

For faculty, staff, or students/alums, you can also use Ancestry to locate census records, immigration documentation, and more! Amy's not an Ancestry expert, but she's happy to help work through the database with you!

Glossary of Student Groups and Campus Offices

As you search for information about Duke's Latinx history, you may run across the names of other student groups and campus offices that worked with them. Here's a quick glossary of the student groups and campus offices you're likely to encounter most often.

Anytime you come across other groups, offices, acronyms, projects, committees, etc. and need quick information about what they are and what they do, search on their name in the Chronicle! Or, if you're looking for a student group that was active before 1942, check The Front Line!

Student Government Organizations:

Campus Offices:

  • Center for Multicultural Affairs: The CMA has changed its name a couple of times in its history. Depending on what time period you're in, you might see it referred to as the Office of Black Affairs (1970s), the Office of Minority Affairs (1980s), or the Office of Intercultural Affairs.
  • Office of Student Activities and Facilities: This office was part of Student Affairs and helped student groups with chartering, receiving and spending their funding, and other organizational matters. It's now known as University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).