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Our History

Our Duke: Constructing a Century

Explore one hundred years of Duke’s history through this online exhibit. Created by four undergraduate students working with collections from the University Archives, this exhibit presents Duke’s complex and rich history. The items selected provide insight into how Duke became what it is today, and it showcases the many ways students, faculty, staff, and alumni love and are proud to be part of Duke. Many of the items featured are part of a corresponding exhibit installed in Perkins Library through December 15, 2024.

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Explore Duke’s Extraordinary Past

Follow the trajectory of Duke University over its first hundred years through and explore the events that defined the Duke we know today.

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University Archives

The University Archives, located within the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, collects and preserves materials related to Duke history. The collection includes administrative papers from faculty and staff as well as materials created by different schools, departments, institutions, and student groups. In addition to paper, the University Archives contains a variety of media, including photographs, posters, audiovisual material, and even some artifacts. University Archives connects with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and other others in the Duke community and beyond through outreach and facilitated research projects. You can find stories, articles, research, and more on the University Archives website.

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