Vanderbilt Television News Archive

Vanderbilt Television News Archive is now on trial for Duke University Libraries. It will be available until December 9, 2016 on the Database Trials page ( This resource is a collection of network news broadcasts -- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS -- from 1968 to the present.
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Library Trial

Race Relations Abstracts is now on trial for Duke University Libraries. It will be available until October 22, 2015 on the Database Trials page ( With a singular focus on relationship between and among races, this database includes abstracting for the top academic journals, books, periodicals and newspapers in…
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A new database trial has been added

Title: Apartheid South Africa 1948-1980 Trial Ends: Mon Oct 13 23:00:00 CDT 2014 Description: Apartheid South Africa 1948-1980 Apartheid South Africa makes available British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices spanning the period 1948 to 1980. The launch of National Party apartheid policies…
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Changes to the Duke Library Catalog

DUL catalog update: Fall 2014 Happy start of semester! I wanted to let you know about a change to the default search results interface on the Duke Libraries homepage that went live this past week. Library staff are eager for feedback to help them improve the new search results…
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Duke Libraries Now Subscribes to BrowZine

If you’re an ipad or tablet user, you may be interested in knowing that Duke Libraries now subscribes to BrowZine, an app for ipads and Android tablets that enables you to browse, read, and monitor current journals in your subject areas. BrowZine is compatible with Zotero, Dropbox, Evernote and…
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NAACP Online

New resource: ProQuest history vault. NAACP papers: The NAACP's major campaigns--education, voting, housing, employment, armed forces. “This module consists of Papers of the NAACP Legal Department from 1956-1972. For the period from 1956-1965, this includes the working case files of the NAACP’s general counsel, Robert Carter. Among the topics…
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NC Mutual Archives Now Available

Papers of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Open to Researchers

DURHAM, N.C. -- In the first years of the 20th century, Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois both visited Durham. They came away enthusiastically praising the enormous successes of African American business and community leaders in the city. Part of their tour included the offices of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, founded in 1898 and already a flagship financial institution on "Black Wall Street," as Parrish Street in downtown Durham was then known.

Over 100 years later, in September 2009, Duke University and North Carolina Central University entered into a historic partnership to care for and provide access to the extensive archives of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, now the oldest and largest African-American-owned life insurance company in existence.

The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Archives documents the meteoric rise of NC Mutual in Durham and contributes to the historic record on African American businesses in the South and in the United States. Spanning the years 1898 to 2008, the materials cover nearly every aspect of NC Mutual's operations, management, and milestones. 

The nearly 100,000 items in the Archives include corporate office files, annual statements, reports, surveys, memos, legal and financial papers, training material, programs, memorabilia, and an exceptional number of historical photographs of staff and their families, offices, buildings, and Durham scenes (including the visit by Booker T. Washington). 

The collection is especially rich in print material, including many issues of three company publications: The Mutual (1906-1929), The Whetstone (1924-1998), and The Review (1933-1998). It is also notable for its assemblage of public relations material dating from the earliest years to present times, including advertising ephemera, advertising campaigns, and other related items. Additionally, there are records of NC Mutual's extensive work with community outreach, such as public health programs, mentoring, and scholarship programs. A finding aid for the collection is now available online.

Archivists and librarians at North Carolina Central and Duke look forward to making the collection's remarkable contents available to researchers. 

"The study of institution building among African American institutions like North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company during the Jim Crow era is among the most heavily studied research areas in the country," noted Andre D. Vann, Coordinator of University Archives at North Carolina Central University. "The records offer a window into the inner workings of the company, its employees and its business practices that should be studied by all from those in colleges and universities to those in the public schools. These materials will help to construct a new narrative regarding how African American institutions confronted their status in America in regards to self-help and making a way out of no way." 

Jennifer Thompson, Research Services and Collection Development Librarian at Duke added, "I anticipate the Archives will be a heavily used collection, not only by national and international scholars, but for local community and student exploration into African American history, business history, and American history in general. In the Libraries, we are all looking forward to the scholarship that will result from the use of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Archives."

The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Archives are available to researchers and students in the Duke University and North Carolina Central University Special Collections reading rooms. Over one hundred selected digitized images and a few documents are also currently available online.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery. A Transnational Archive This resource is organized in four parts.

 Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition – available now – contains 1.5 million pages, including more than 7,000 books and pamphlets, 80 newspaper and periodical titles, and a dozen major manuscript collections. For academic researchers, historians, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and others studying slavery, these varied sources shed light on the:

- Abolitionist movement and conflicts

- Anti- and pro-slavery arguments of the period

- Debates on the subject of colonization”     


Electronic resources such as e-journals and databases are generally accessible only to Duke community members, such as faculty, staff and students.


Contact person:  Karen Jean Hunt

Check Out Duke Press Titles on Kindle

With the end of the spring semester, now's a good time to start thinking about summer reading. Why not try out a Kindle?

The Duke University Libraries have a small fleet of Kindles available for checkout at the Perkins and Lilly libraries. Each Kindle comes pre-loaded with more than 100 popular and recently published titles. (The Divinity and Medical Center libraries circulate Kindles containing curriculum-based titles.)

Now, just in time for summer, we've added a selection of great titles from Duke University Press to our Kindles, including some works by noted Duke faculty authors. A small sample includes:

Ian Baucom, Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History (2005)
Jennifer Devere Brody, Punctuation: Art, Politics, and Play (2008) 
Cathy N. Davidson, 36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan (2006) 
Karla F. C. Holloway, Passed On: African American Mourning Stories: A Memorial Collection (2002)
Frederic Jameson, Jameson on Jameson: Conversations on Cultural Marxism (2007) 
Nannerl O. Keohane, Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University (2006) 
Diane M. Nelson, Reckoning: The Ends of War in Guatemala (2009)
Jocelyn Olcott, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico (2005)
Priscilla Wald, Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative (2008)

And many more!

For more information about the Libraries' eReader program, including a video on how to check out a Kindle for yourself, visit oureReader website.

For more information about Duke University Press, visit their website.

Want to learn a new language or brush up on your skills?

Duke University Libraries is please to offer several new language learning tools. Find lots of resources for over 25 languages at

Duke faculty, students, and staff can now access Byki Online, an online language instruction resource. This new subscription to Byki Online gives users free access to flash cards, blogs, and other tools to help you learn or revisit more than 70 languages.


Sign up for your own Byki Online account to prepare for your research, study, and travel plans this summer. 

Articles Search Gets Upgrade

When you return from Spring Break, the articles search from the library homepage will look a little different. There will be no changes to the look of the homepage or the Articles tab, but your search results will reveal an improved system for finding articles.

The big improvements will be speed and a more comprehensive search. The new system creates a single index (like Google), which allows for much faster searching--results will display in around 2 seconds. The new system also includes much more content, searching over 90 percent of our journal subscriptions, giving users access to a much larger (if not complete) slice of Duke Libraries’ resources.


When searching from the Duke University Libraries' homepage, you’ll be searching only for journal articles (the "Content Type" box on the left will be checked Journal Article.) Any subsequent search from the results page will search across all content types, adding books, newspaper articles, etc. You may search across all Duke Libraries collections simultaneously, but there may be times when you want to see only books, only journal articles, etc. You have complete control over this–-simply check the appropriate box under "Content Type."

We are excited about this new search tool and welcome your feedback as you begin to use it.

Contact / For more information

    * Michael Peper


Resources Currently Open for Testing by Duke University Affiliates

Go to:

20th Century African American Poetry A database of modern and contemporary African American poetry, featuring almost 9,000 poems by 62 of the most important African American poets of the last century, including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove 2011-02-28

African American Biographical database The African American Biographical Database (AABD) brings together in one resource the biographies of thousands of African Americans, many not to be found in any other reference source. These biographical sketches have been carefully assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources. This extraordinary collection contains extended narratives of African American ... 2011-02-27

Black abolitionist papers This collection documents the efforts of African American activists in their international effort to abolish slavery in the United States. Covering the period 1830-1865, the 15,000-item collection records the full impact of African American efforts to oppose slavery by displaying the writings and publications of the activists themselves. 2011-02-28

Karen Jean Hunt


African Studies Resources (Full-size version)

    • Karen Jean Hunt

Karen Jean Hunt

Librarian for African and African American Studies

Bostock Library

Phone: 919-660-5930