The Women’s Refugee Commission, which was known until January 2009 as the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, has agreed to transfer its inactive physical archives, including memoranda, correspondence and publications dating back to its 1989 founding, to the Libraries’ Archive for Human Rights.

Commission archives contain documents related to the organization’s [...]

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Honoring with Books

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During the gift-giving season, you can recognize the special people in your life with a contribution to the Duke University Libraries’ new Honoring with Books program.

When you make a $100 gift to Honoring with Books, an electronic bookplate, acknowledging the person you designate, will be added to the online catalog record of a [...]

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The Dictator’s Shadow: Life under Pinochet, a memoir of dictatorship and exile and their long aftermath in Chile, has won the 2009 WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America.

The author of the winning book, Heraldo Muñoz, will receive a $1,000 cash award and an invitation to receive the prize at WOLA’s headquarters [...]

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Doris Duke Comes Home

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Doris Duke
Courtesy Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives
Special Collections Library, Duke University

The press dubbed Doris Duke “the richest girl in the world” when she inherited a fortune from her father, Duke University founder James B. Duke, in 1925 at the age of twelve.

Doris Duke lived a colorful life, working briefly [...]

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Duke University and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) are the joint recipients of the historical archives of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, the nation’s largest and oldest life insurance company with roots in the African American community.

The North Carolina Mutual collection includes thousands of business documents, newsletters, commercials, photography and books. [...]

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Cornerstone Phase

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Architect’s rendering of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library’s research room as it will look upon completion of the Cornerstone Phase, the final phase of the Perkins Project. The Cornerstone Phase will transform the original West Campus library buildings, which house the University’s most distinctive library collections and two of the campus’s most [...]

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Remember that Ad?

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“Please, don’t squeeze the Charmin!,” “Double your pleasure; double your fun”—these memorable slogans and the products they promote have been beamed to Americans in 60, 30 and even 10-second spots since the introduction of television in the 1950s.

This summer the Duke Libraries launched a digital collection of 3,000 historic TV commercials from the [...]

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A film series featuring human rights themed documentaries preserved in the Full Frame Archive at the Duke University Libraries. Each program will include a panel discussion.

Presented by the Duke Center for Human Rights, the Archive for Human Rights at the Special Collections Library, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Program in Arts [...]

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Events – Fall 2009

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October 23

Middlesworth Award and Durden Prize Reception

The Middlesworth Award and Durden Prize recognize Duke University students’ excellence in research, analysis and writing and their use of primary sources and rare materials held by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library (Middlesworth Award) and the Libraries’ general collections (Durden Prize). Join us for [...]

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Exhibits – Fall 2009

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Perkins Gallery Through 13 December

Sustainability At Duke: leave your mark not your footprint

Photo by
Jon Gardiner/Duke Photography

The concept of sustainability as we know it today owes it origins to the small hamlets of 14th century Germany, where villagers relied on extracting a sustainable yield from collectively-owned forests. History is punctuated with examples [...]

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