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The Duke Family

This guide is a starting point for learning about the Duke family, their role in the founding of Duke University, and their papers and collections housed at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Rubenstein Library

Rubenstein Library Entrance

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

General Contact Information:

Rubenstein Library, Main Floor
Box 90185
Durham, NC 27708


Books and Publications about Duke Family Genealogy

The following resources may prove helpful in researching Duke family genealogy. View a family tree of Washington Duke's descendants.

Many of the Duke family manuscripts collections also contain genealogical information about the Taylor and Dicey Jones Duke branch of the family, as well as the Roney family. These collections are listed in the "Duke Family Manuscript Collections" tab.

  • Armstrong, Zella "The Duke Family" in Notable Southern Families, III. Chattanooga, TN: Lookout Publishing Co., 1918-1926. See pages 33-43.
  • Brandenberger, Evelyn Duke. The Duke Family. [s.l.] : Brandenberger, c1979-c1995.