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African American History at Duke Medicine

A guide to archival materials about African Americans at the Duke University Medical Center

Archival Materials

1960 Barnes Woodhall LetterMaterials relevant to the history of African Americans at Duke Medicine may be found in several collections at the Medical Center Archives. Below is a selection of recommended archival materials. While these materials are not available online, we encourage you to contact the Archives to learn more or make an appointment to view items.

To the right: 1960 letter by School of Medicine Dean Dr. Barnes Woodhall concerning segregation at the Medical Center. Part of the Barnes Woodhall Papers.

Locating Additional Archival Materials

Early Hospital Floor Plan

While the materials on this page provide a good starting point for researching African American history at Duke Medicine, you may also want to review our collections. Visit our website to see the complete Collections Listing. You also may search the contents of these collections by using the search box in the upper right hand corner of any page on the Archives site (be sure to select the "Finding Aids" tab).

To the right: A 1927 floor plan of Duke University Hospital shows that African American patients were admitted but facilities were segregated. Part of the Wilburt C. Davison Papers, and also available at MEDSpace.