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Researching Durham History in Other Libraries

These other libraries and collections have materials with a connection to Durham history.

Duke University Libraries
Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s Durham-related collections include:

Duke University Medical Center Archives
Separate from the university library system, the Medical Center Archives house the legal, administrative and historical records of Duke Medical Center and Health System, as well as personal manuscripts, departmental records, photographs, and other materials related to the center.

Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, includes:

North Carolina Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill
The North Carolina Collection attempts to acquire every published regional, county, and town history for North Carolina. The NCC also collects family histories, architectural guides, photographs, maps, city directories and phone books, and some published government records and has many other items of interest to local historians and genealogists.

North Carolina Central University Libraries
NCCU’s James E. Shepard Memorial Library’s Durham-related collections include:

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
The NDLDT promotes the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations from all fields.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Divisions
The Library of Congress owns hundreds of photos of Durham and Durham County.

The State Archives of North Carolina
Collects, preserves, and provides public access to historically significant archival materials relating to North Carolina.

The State Library of North Carolina
Includes an extensive library of North Carolina genealogy materials.

National Archives and Records Administration
Preserves important documents and materials created in the course of United States government’s business. These records may help if you are researching your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic.