The backbone of every great library is the strength of its unique collections.  

Our collections can transform disciplines by facilitating archival research and discovery, attract visiting scholars and top faculty whose work depends on the richness of resources, and establish the university as a leader in critical fields.  Over the past 5 years we have added spectacular primary materials to our collection, expanding in important areas that align with Duke's academic and research priorities. 

A Major Acquisition: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired one of the largest and most significant private collections of women's history. 

An Extraordinary World: Civitates Orbis Terrarum and the Growth of a Collection

The earliest systematic city atlas portrays more than 450 cities from across the world in beautiful, hand-colored engravings.  

Iconic Civil War Photography: Gardner and Barnard's Photographic Albums

Two photograph albums contain some of the most important--and graphic--images of the American Civil War. 

Building Distinguished Collections