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Black History at Duke Health

A guide to archival materials about Black history at Duke Health


The Medical Center Archives has a large photograph collection documenting the history of Duke Medicine. Nearly 800 of these images are available online through our digital repository, MEDSpace. Some of these images feature or include African Americans at the Medical Center. They may be viewed as a group by clicking here.

In addition to the images available on MEDSpace, we have many photographs and negatives that have not been digitized, but may be viewed at our facility. These collections include images of African American faculty, students, and staff. Finding aids for our major image collections are below:


To learn more or view materials, contact the Archives.

Audiovisual Materials

Below are audiovisual materials related to African Americans at the Medical Center. To see a full list of our AV materials, visit the Audiovisual Collection finding aid.

  • Black History Month, Charles Johnson Lecture at the Medical Center Library. February 26, 1999. Format: VHS. Call number: 2.0007.
  • Before the Colors Fade, Charles Johnson Lecture. January 6, 2004. Format: VHS. Call number: 2.0127. An oral history series originated and hosted by Dr. Edward Halperin, featuring conversations with prominent emeritus or current members of the medical school faculty crucial in the growth and development of the School of Medicine and the Duke University Health System.
  • Faces of Change: Commemorating 50 Years of African Americans at Duke University School of Medicine, April 19, 2013. Format: DVD. Call number: AV16.0055.

‚ÄčTo learn more or view materials, contact the Archives.