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African Americans at Duke University: Introduction

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.

Using this LibGuide

Allen Building Study-In, November 13, 1967This guide is designed to help researchers locate materials on the history of African Americans at Duke University, but is not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography. 

The information in this guide is separated into seven sections. Please use the tabs above to navigate to each section.

  • Secondary Sources: These items include research papers, theses and books by Duke students as well as outside researchers on African American history at Duke and related issues.

  • Reference Collections: These collections are prepared by Duke University Archives staff to provide brief overviews of popular topics in Duke University's history.

  • Archival Collections: These collections were received from University departments, faculty, alumni, and organizations. They contain primary documents, including correspondence, news clippings, photographs, sound and video recordings.

  • Reports and Studies: These titles include reports on race-related campus issues. They may be found in archival collections, or may exist as stand-alone items, available through a catalog search.

  • Campus Publications: These titles include publications produced by African American students at Duke, as well as Duke publications of a more general nature.

  • Photographs, Audio Recordings, and Film / Video

  • Related Websites and Online Resources

After reviewing this guide, please contact a University Archives staff member if you need further assistance in locating additional resources.

Accessing Duke University Archives Materials

The Duke University Archives, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is the official repository for the historical records of Duke University. Visit our website to learn more about us!

The materials described in this guide may be used in the Rubenstein Library's reading room.

Please note that university administrative records are restricted for 25 years, except with written permission from the office that created the records. Board of Trustees records are restricted for 50 years, except with written permission from the Board of Trustees. Find more information about University Archives access policies.

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Helpful Subject Headings

Clicking on these subject headings will search the entire Duke Libraries catalog.

To narrow the list of results down to materials located in the Duke University Archives, select "University Archives" under the Location menu on the lefthand side of the page.