The Duke University Medical Center Archives (DUMCA) actively collects the official records of the DUMC and DUHS departments and divisions, including a variety of materials that provide evidence of business, interests, and activities through the years. In doing so, the DUMCA serves as the institutional memory of the DUMC and DUHS by collecting, preserving, and making accessible materials that provide evidence of day to operations. Guided by our collection development policy, we strive to document the intellectual, administrative, social, cultural, and visual history of the DUMC and DUHS in order to provide evidence of past actions and contribute to an understanding of the structure and history of the DUMC and DUHS.
See below for a listing of materials added to the DUMCA. The types of archival collections listed fit into the following categories of archival collections: personal papers, administrative records, oral histories, and collections.
Personal papers, also called manuscript collections, are records created and originally kept by an individual that cover all aspects of daily life. See below for a listing of personal papers added to the DUMCA in 2021 as both new collections and additions to existing collections.
- Robert H. Jones Papers
- Onyekwere E. Akwari Papers
- Robert L. Taber Records
- Robert J. Lefkowitz Papers
- Susan C. and John E. Dees Papers
Administrative records are documents that are preserved because they facilitate the operations and management of an agency, but which does not relate directly to programs that help the agency achieve its mission. Administrative records are common to most organizations. Examples include routine correspondence or interoffice communications; records relating to human resources, equipment and supplies, and facilities; reference materials, routine activity reports, work assignments, appointment books, and telephone logs. See below for a listing of administrative records added to the DUMCA in 2021 as both new collections and additions to existing collections.
- 65th General Hospital Collection
- Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Records
- Davison Club Records
- Office of Development and Alumni Affairs Records
- Department of Neurosurgery Records
- Root Causes Records
- Healthy Durham 20/20 Records
- Student-Faculty Show Collection
- Duke University School of Nursing Student Council Records
- Duke Chapter of the National Student Nurses' Association Records
- Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology Records
- Duke Chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association Records
- Duke Chapter of the American Association for Men in Nursing Records
- Quality Assurance for Duke Vaccine Immunogenicity Programs Records
- Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Physician Assistant Society Records
An oral history is an interview that records an individual’s personal recollections of the past and historical events. Oral histories often are comprised of audio or video, transcripts, and other materials to provide context for the interview. See below for a listing of oral histories added to the DUMCA in 2021 as both new collections and additions to existing collections
- Susan Clayton Oral History Interview
- John L. Weinerth Oral History Interview
- Gregory S. Georgiade Oral History Interview
- Courtney M. Townsend Jr. Oral History Interview
- Antionette (Ann) Milligan-Barnes Oral History Interview
- Amy G. MacDonald Oral History Interview
- Helen M. Mikul Oral History Interview
A “collection” is what archivists call an artificial collection. This means that the materials were not collected or collated originally, but rather, were pulled together over time by archivists attempting to create a collection around a singular topic. See below for a listing of collections added to the DUMCA in 2021 as both new collections and additions to existing collections.
- Subject Files Collection
- Audiovisual Collection
- Publications Collection
To peruse all of the DUMCA’s holdings, visit our Collections Listing. For more information about the DUMCA email us at email@example.com or contact us online.
This blog post was contributed by Medical Center Archives Assistant Director Lucy Waldrop.