You can learn more about our collections and the materials they contain by looking at our finding aids. A finding aid is a detailed guide that describes an archival collection and its contents.
To view our finding aids, visit the Collections Listing page on our website. To search for a specific collection, use the "filter" box. To search across our collections, use the search box in the upper right corner of the site and be sure to click on the "Finding Aids" tab. (This is best if you have a particular topic in mind, such as "polio" or the "Bell Building.")
While most of the materials listed in the finding aids are not currently available online, they are available for use at our facility. Please contact us before your visit so we can ensure that your requested materials will be ready for you to use.
The Duke University Medical Center Archives contains materials documenting the history of the School of Medicine, Hospital, and Medical Center. Below are a few collections recommended for beginning researchers interested in learning more about the medical center's founding and evolution. For a complete list of our collections, see the Collections Listing page on our website.