Duke Medical Center Library & Archives
Archives Reading Room Now Open by Appointment Only
Posted On: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 14:05 by Rebecca Williams
The Duke University Medical Center Archives has been closed to the public since March 13th due to the ongoing pandemic. While we have been able to consult with patrons remotely and provide digital surrogates of materials, we are pleased to announce that our Archives reading room is now re-opened for Duke researchers by appointment only. In order to limit the number of people in our building, we have designated Tuesdays and Thursdays as research days. Please contact us to schedule a visit.
In addition to our normal reading room regulations, we...MORE
Library Zoom Backgrounds
Posted On: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 14:10 by Rebecca Williams
Do you miss meeting and studying in the Medical Center Library? We sure do! Instead, we are all spending a lot of time on Zoom these days. Changing your background is a great feature to hide a messy house, block that roommate in profile in the background, or just to express your own creativity and personality.
We have created several free virtual background templates for you to download and use. They feature images from the Medical Center Library and surrounding campus areas from the very beginning of the hospital up until now. We hope you enjoy them!
You can click on any of the images below to enlarge and save to your computer or you can download them directly from this Box folder....MORE
Your Story Matters! Documenting COVID-19 at Duke
Posted On: Monday, April 27, 2020 - 15:57 by Rebecca Williams
COVID-19 has changed and disrupted our lives, at Duke and around the world. On campus, most students have returned home, classes are online, and all events are cancelled. Many staff are working from home; others that are deemed essential continue to work on campus. The hospital is preparing for an influx of people infected with COVID-19. Duke researchers are trying to find ways to fight the disease, from identifying treatments to creating better protective equipment.
And we all live with the fear of the physical impact of the virus, both for ourselves and our families.
The Duke University Archives and the Duke University Medical Center Archives have been hard at work to document this unique time in history. We have been capturing all of the news alerts, email updates...MORE
Historical Materials about African Americans at Duke Medicine
Posted On: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 10:02 by Beverly Murphy
African American History at Duke Medicine, a guide produced by Medical Center Archives, aims to introduce researchers to materials documenting the history of African American faculty, students, and staff at Duke Medicine. Included are oral histories, archival collections, photographs, audiovisual materials, and publications, selected key dates and key figures, and links to recommended digital resources.
DUMC History Retrospective: Duke’s African-American LPN Program
Posted On: Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 16:57 by Jolie Braun
This look back at DUMC history features Duke’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program. When it began in 1948, there were already several others in the state. Duke’s was unique, however, as it was the only one in North Carolina established exclusively for training African-American nurses.
The program, known as the Practical Nurse School at Hillside High School, was a collaborative effort between Duke University Hospital, the Durham City Schools, and the North Carolina Department of Vocational Education and was established to address the area’s shortage of professional nurses. The idea was that trained LPNs would be a means of improving bedside care, as they could take over the duties that might have been previously handled by a nurse’s aide...MORE
Employee Spotlight: Matt Shangler
Posted On: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 17:13 by Adrianne Leonardelli
- Working at Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives since: 2010
- Education: Master’s degree, Public History with a concentration in Archives & Records Management, North Carolina State University
- Current position: Head of Technical Services, Duke University Medical Center Archives
1. Please describe your current position & what you find most interesting about it.
In my current position, one of my major responsibilities is processing collections. This entails...
Duke Intercom Now Online
Posted On: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 15:21 by Jolie Braun
Duke Medicine’s primary news publication from 1953 to 1986, the Intercom, is now available online. It features information about campus construction and events, faculty and staff news, facts and figures, and articles about medical research and innovations at Duke.
The Archives collaborated with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center on this project, who digitized the first 25 years of the publication, making more than 500 issues available online. They can be accessed via MEDSpace, the Duke Medicine...MORE
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Ask an Archivist!
Posted On: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:36 by Jolie Braun
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 email@example.com.
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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
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
New Archives Guide
Posted On: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 17:51 by Beverly Murphy
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
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