It’s official! Yesterday, Duke University’s Board of Trustees approved our name change. The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library is now the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. We’re so excited!

Appleton Oaksmith, ca. 1865. From the Oaksmith Family Photograph Album.

Appleton Oaksmith, ca. 1865. From the Oaksmith Family Photograph Album.

Over the course of the day, we’ll be rolling out changes to our website, finding aids, library catalog records, and, of course, The Devil’s Tale. Look at our new banner! (Incidentally, The Devil’s Tale has a new URL— http://blogs.library.duke.edu/rubenstein/—so you may need to update your feed readers.)

Since we’re reflecting on names, we thought it might be fun to share some of the cool names we’ve come across in our collections. Believe us, this is nowhere near an exhaustive list:

So now we want to ask you: which name is your favorite? Or, if your favorite name isn’t represented here, share it with us in a comment. Or, even better, come visit and help us find some more cool names!




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5 Responses to What’s in a Name?

  1. Lesley says:

    Kudos on the generous gift, and now the name change! The renovation will be awesome in the end!

    • Amy McDonald says:

      Thanks, Lesley! we’ll keep the blog up-to-date as renovation plans progress (although you can stop in and visit and see them in person)!

  2. Megan says:

    Furniafel George!

  3. Meg says:

    This is a really cool post. These names are great!

  4. Alex says:

    Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebon

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Barbon

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