Duke Medical Center Library & Archives
Did you know that Archives staff are available at the Medical Center Library to work with patrons? Even if you’re unable to make it to our off-campus facility on Christian Avenue, you can still learn about our resources and services.
Stop by our office in the Library (M-F; 9:00a-4:00p; Room 103G) to get help with your historical research and (with advance notice!) work with archival materials. To learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Hanes and the Beginnings of Duke Gardens
Posted On: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 21:51 by Jolie Braun
While Duke Gardens is one of the most recognized destinations on campus, it’s less well known that the attraction’s origins can be traced back to the medical campus.
The gardens were the idea of Dr. Frederic Hanes (pictured right), a physician who joined Duke in 1930 and became chair of the Department of Medicine in 1933. His daily walks on campus often led him past a debris-filled ravine, the result of a stalled project to create a lake. An avid horticulturist, Hanes had thought that this would be a perfect site for a garden featuring his favorite flower, the iris.
In 1934 Hanes persuaded Sarah Pearson Angier Duke, widow of Benjamin Duke, one of the university’s founders, to donate $20,000 for the...MORE
Duke School of Medicine Yearbooks Now Online!
Posted On: Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:54 by Jolie Braun
We are happy to announce that our collection of the Duke University School of Medicine yearbook, The Aesculapian, has been digitized and made available online. The collection consists of 34 volumes that span more than 60 years of DUMC history, from 1950 to 2013. In addition to portraits of medical and nursing students, the yearbooks also feature photographs of faculty and staff, clubs and organizations...MORE
NC Archives Week is an annual, week-long observance of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our nation, state, communities and people. This year's archival theme is Home Grown! A Celebration of NC Food Culture & History. Be sure to visit our exhibit of materials from the Duke Medical Center Archives related to food and nutrition. On display through November; Level 2R.
For more on this "Gastronomical Look at DUMC History," see the Archives Website.MORE
DUMC History Retrospective: Frank Beresford
Posted On: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 22:36 by Beverly Murphy
A good mystery novel, at its core, consists of interesting characters, a compelling plot, and puzzle-solving. In these respects, the job of an archivist mirrors that of a detective, as the archivist must reconstruct the pasts of people or objects from fragments of information. While such mysteries come in a variety of forms, the most common is determining the history, or provenance, of an item or collection.
Recently a series of paintings in the Medical Center Library’s Artwork Collection posed such a challenge. The paintings, done in 1944 by Frank Beresford, depict scenes of the U.S. Army 65th General Hospital Unit at work during World War II in the Eastern Theater of Operations (E.T.O.). Absent from the...MORE
DUMC History Retrospective: Nurses to the Front
Posted On: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 23:04 by Beverly Murphy
In April, the School of Nursing welcomed back its graduates for their annual alumni weekend. Nursing education has a long and rich history here at Duke. From its beginnings in 1931 to the present day, Duke has attracted the best faculty and produced top graduates. Among these graduates is a unique group that exemplified service: the Cadet Nurses.
On April 30, 1941, prior to U.S. involvement in World War II, the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) issued a call for schools of nursing to increase enrollment in order to train more nurses for military, health, and civilian service. Duke responded by admitting 84 students in October, 1941, a boost from 58 the previous year.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor later that year, the...MORE
The Duke University Medical Center Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the history of the DUMC community, from the 1930s to the present. This new guide provides a brief overview of the Archives, including information about the collections, how to find items, as well as suggestions of other helpful resources.MORE