Reckoning with History

As an institution, Duke University grapples with legacies of racialized oppression and seeks to celebrate stories of resilience within Black and Indigenous communities. As part of this work, Duke Libraries has put together resource guides to uplift these stories. Those resources are modified and presented below.

Black History at Duke

Duke undergraduate and graduate students have written course papers, honors papers, and theses on the major themes in African-American history at the University. Clicking on one of the links will take you to the finding aid or the catalog record for that item.

Main Campus

Segregation and Desegregation:

The Silent Vigil, 1968:

Allen Building Takeover, 1969:


Duke University Reports and Studies:

Related Reports and Studies:


Additional Resources

Native American & Indigenous History at Duke

Main Campus

  • Native Americans at Duke University: Secondary resources and archival collections on Native Americans at Duke from the 1900s to the present.
    • Elliott, Walker. “‘I Told Him I’d Never Been to His Back Door for Nothing’: The Lumbee Indian Struggle for Higher Education under Jim Crow.” North Carolina Historical Review XC (1), January 2013: 49-87.
    • Keene, Adrienne J. “College Pride, Native Pride” and Education for Native Nation Building: Portraits of Native Students Navigating Freshman Year. 2014. Harvard University, Ed.D. dissertation. Available through Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global.
      • Chapter 6 relates the experiences of a first-year student at Duke ca. 2012-2013.
    • Peters, Brian. 2018. “Fighting Isolation: How Four Native Women Created Change at UNC-Chapel Hill.” American Indian Quarterly 42(3): 344–74.
  • Student Groups & Campus Offices: A list of student groups and campus offices for Native American students, employees, and alumni.
  • North Carolina Native Communities: A list of links to North Carolina tribes and other Native American organizations in North Carolina.”