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Duke University Historical Digital Collections
Libraries big and small have various collections of historical and cultural materials. Special collections are often behind closed doors, rules and time limits are often enforced and the materials can never leave the room.
If you love history, it's easy to get lost in a collection of vintage advertising or photographs. As great as these collections may be, there never seems to be enough time to really view and examine all the documents. If the collection is in high demand you may have to schedule an appointment. With only a limited amount of time, you may find yourself playing bet the clock trying to explore as much as possible, as the minutes quickly tick by.
Once upon a time I enjoyed doing research onsite. Old library buildings, dark, dusty rooms filled with historical materials had an ambiance, but convenience is now a top priority. Thankfully more and more institutions are digitizing records and placing them online making them available to everyone with a click of a mouse.
The Duke University Libraries Digital Collections offers a vast array of historical collections of materials online. Below is a list of some of their digital resources.
Early to Mid-20th Century Advertisements
TV Commercial Ad Views
African American Women
American Song Sheets
Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South
Civil War Women
Deena Stryker Photographs, 1963-1964
Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement
Duke Football Programs
Emergence of Advertising in America
Emma Spaulding Bryant Letters
Everyday Life and Women in America
Gary Monroe Photographs
Historic American Sheet Music
Historical Images in Medicine
Hugh Mangum Photographs
Italian Cultural Posters, 1930s-1980s
Manuscripts and Woodcuts Visions and Designs from Bloomsbury
Marshall T. Meyer Papers
Medicine and Madison Avenue
R.C. Maxwell Company Records, 1904-1990s
Ration Coupons on the Home Front, World War II
Resource of Outdoor Advertising Descriptions
Russian Posters Collection, 1919-1989
The Urban Landscape Digital Image Access Project
Walt Whitman Manuscripts
William Emerson Strong Photograph Album
William Gedney Photographs and Writings
Women's Travel Diaries
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