In an earlier blog post, we mentioned that we’ve been processing thousands of sports-related negatives and prints transferred to the Duke University Archives by Duke’s Sports Information Office.

I recently began reviewing images from the 1930s and 1940s.  In envelopes labeled “football sidelights” are negatives of the Duke University Marching Band, fondly known as DUMB.

In existence since the early 1900s, DUMB is an integral part of Duke sports, providing music and vocal support at games, and has established a reputation for performing creative and highly entertaining halftime shows.  For more information, take a look at the finding aid to DUMB’s own records, part of the University Archives’s collections.  Below are a few of my favorite images.

Duke University Marching Band, October 7, 1939

Duke University Marching Band, October 7, 1939

Duke University Marching Band Drum Line, October 21, 1939

Duke University Marching Band Drum Line, October 21, 1939

Duke University Marching Band, October 28, 1939

Duke University Marching Band, October 28, 1939

Majorette Lucille King and her Mother, November 19, 1938

Majorette Lucille King and her Mother, November 19, 1938

Duke University Marching Band and Blue Devil, 1940

Duke University Marching Band and Blue Devil, 1940

Post contributed by Kimberly Sims, Technical Services Archivist for Duke University Archives.




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