Duke Medical Center Library & Archives
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
Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) Archives has a variety of online resources to help users learn about the collections and the Medical Center’s history.
MEDSpace – If you’re looking for historic images, our digital repository, MEDSpace, is an excellent place to start. MEDSpace contains nearly 700 photographs documenting the history of Duke Medicine. You can also find early publications, medical illustrations and artwork, and medical artifacts.
Digitized Yearbooks – Want to look up a...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 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 ...MORE
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