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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


Secondary Sources

The following secondary source materials contain information about members of the Duke family, their estates, and their business and philanthropic interests. Clicking on the links will take you to the catalog record for each item.

  • Rankin, Watson S. James Buchanan Duke (1856-1925); A Great Pattern of Hard Work, Wisdom, and Benevolence. New York: The Newcomen Society in North America, 1952. (digitized copy)