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About This Site

This site has been designed to help you explore Duke's unique digitized library and archival materials. It presents many ways to search and browse the collections. Learn more...


The search box conducts a basic keyword search. It searches all fields, including item IDs. You can switch the scope of your search to search more broadly across all of Duke's digital collections, rather than just the current collection.



Blank search. Retrieve all the available items by clicking the Search button without specifying a keyword (same effect as clicking 'Browse')

Advanced Search

Click 'Advanced' to specify individual fields to search. The available searchable fields vary by collection. Click (+) to add a field, (-) to remove it. You can combine keywords with specific field searches.

advanced search

Working With Results

From your search results, you do not have to start your search over again to refine the result set. This site uses "faceted navigation," which displays options on the left-hand side for refining a query one step at a time.


The options on the side enable you to further narrow your result set


Item Options

Available options vary for each type of item.

item options

Item Information

Following links in the item information section will search all digital collections for matching items (not just the current collection). For example, from this ad in the Ad*Access collection, clicking Publication: Saturday Evening Post will lead you to all of our digitized items from the Saturday Evening Post, regardless of the digital collection.


This will export a PDF of the item. PDF is a format that is especially convenient for saving or printing multi-paged items.

pdf option


Click "All Sizes" to access different sizes of the image.

all sizes

Zoom and pan on the image to get a closer look.

zoom and pan

Select a size to access the file directly. Medium is usually the best size for embedding on a blog post or other website.

all sizes

Asking for Help

The contact information listed under 'Research Help' for any item or collection will be the best point of contact for assistance.

research help