In the Perkins Library


    Bookwork: Handmade Books by Local Artists
    Creative interpretations of the form that make use of fabric, handmade and manufactured papers, found and recycled materials to engage viewers and challenge their assumptions about the nature of a book.


    Francesco Petrarca, Poet and Humanist. Selections from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library in Commemoration of Petrarca's 700th Birthday. An exhibit in honor of retiring Duke faculty member Ronald G. Witt
    An exhibit featuring fine and rare editions of the works of Petrarch that date from the 15th through 20th centuries, including some illustrated limited editions.


    Uncommon Leaders: The Presidents of Duke University
    Documents and photographs from the University Archives trace the history of presidential leadership at the university from 1838 until the present, with an emphasis on presidents Few through Keohane.

…And in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library Gallery


    Portraits of Members: The Photographs of Michael Francis Blake This collection of early twentieth century photographs comes from the studio of Michael Francis Blake, one of the first African American studio photographers in Charleston, South Carolina. The photographs are from a large album, Portraits of Members, which contains pictures of Blake's relatives as well as his professional work.


    Highlights from the Picture File
    An eclectic collection of historical photographs of famous people, places, organizations and events that have been acquired over time by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. Images include photographs from the Socialist Party of America, shipbuilding in the New York Navy Yard, and missionaries photographed overseas

New Library to be Named for the Bostock Family

The new library building currently under construction as part of the Perkins Library renovation and expansion project will be named for Merilee and Roy Bostock in recognition of their volunteer leadership service to Duke and the library as well as their generous financial support, demonstrated most recently by a December 2003 gift of $2 million to the library. Merilee Huser Bostock currently serves on the Library Advisory Board, of which she is also a founding member. Roy Bostock is chair of the search committee for the chancellor of Health Affairs and a former university trustee. The Bostocks and their three children are all Duke graduates.

The five-story Bostock Library will be the centerpiece of the re-envisioned Duke libraries. The project that encompasses the building of the Bostock Library will also see the renovation of all existing space within Perkins Library. The Bostock Library and the other components of the first phase of the Perkins Library expansion and renovation are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2005.

The Bostock gift and large December gifts from the Duke Endowment and Pete and Ginny Nicholas brought the university libraries' Campaign for Duke total to $49.5 million, well surpassing the $40 million goal.

In December 2003 the Duke University library became a member of the steering group of the Sheet Music Consortium. The libraries that comprise the consortium are working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music using the Open Archives Initiative (OAI): Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. In this venture Duke joins the University of California at Los Angeles, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University, with the Library of Congress as a silent partner. Membership in the steering group gives Duke a strong voice in further development of the interface and the implementation of the portal for searching sheet music. With the experience gained through participation in the Sheet Music Consortium, the Duke library will be able to explore the use of the same protocol to improve access to the library's other large image collections. To learn more about the Sheet Music Consortium and to see links to sheet music on the Web, go to <>.

Read Your Way to the North Carolina Literary Festival!

Daniel Wallace, Orson Scott Card, Sharyn McCrumb, and Gerald Barrax are just a few of the more than forty writers who will be appearing at the 2004 N.C. Literary Festival, which will be held April 15-18 in Raleigh on the campus of North Carolina State University. Keynote addresses on April 15 and 16 will be delivered by Alice Walker, speaking on Thursday evening, and Dennis Lehane, who will speak on Friday.

The North Carolina Literary Festival is a collaborative effort of the Friends of the library groups at Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The festival is held biennially, moving from campus to campus; Duke will host the literary event in 2006.

For this year's festival at NC State, poetry, science fiction, children's literature, and mystery are among the genres that will be showcased in workshops, forums, readings and other events on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18. And for those who need even more excitement, the festival will also feature live entertainment, children's interactive activities, and a used book sale! Complete information about the 2004 N.C. Literary Festival is available at <>.

University Librarian Addresses Board of Trustees

On 5 December Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian David Ferriero became the first Duke university librarian to speak before the members of the university's Board of Trustees. Ferriero, who is also vice provost for library affairs, discussed the library's accomplishments in support of the university's strategic plan, "Building on Excellence." He reviewed the library's backing of campus programs in science, technology, and medicine and summarized the library's response to the rising serials costs that are endemic in these disciplines. In addition, he reported on the Duke library's participation in national discussions about scholarly communication, in which the crisis in journal pricing is a major topic. In speaking about the sciences, Ferriero also acquainted the Board members with needs of Duke's engineering and science libraries.

Continuing the technology theme, Ferriero outlined the library's leadership in university technology initiatives. He highlighted activities of the library's Center for Instructional Technology and commented on the library's involvement in the development of a campus-wide content management system as well as the digital library@duke.

Ferriero also gave the trustees an update on Duke library facilities, describing the features and services of the Library Service Center and reviewing the goals of the Perkins Library expansion and renovation project.

African American Historian Donates Her Papers to the Duke Library

Renowned African American historian Nell Irvin Painter recently donated her papers to the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library's John Hope Franklin Collection of African and African American Documentation. The papers will be an important source for anyone doing work in the area of African American intellectual history.

Painter, who received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, is the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University where from 1997 to 2000 she was director of the Program in African American Studies. Her most recent book is Southern History Across the Color Line, which was published in 2002 by the University of North Carolina Press.

Widely known as a mentor of young scholars, Painter received the Roelker Mentorship Award for excellence in graduate teaching from the American Historical Association in 2000. During her career she has been dissertation advisor to more than twenty Ph.D. candidates.

To learn more about Nell Irvin Painter, visit her Web site at <>.


March 4, 5:00 p.m. Perkins Library Rare Book Room

    Friends of the Library Engaging Faculty Series: Professor Carol Meyers, a prominent scholar of biblical studies and archaeology and member of the faculty of the Department of Religion, will speak about women in scripture. Meyers' book, Discovering Eve, is described as a landmark study of women in ancient Israel. The highly regarded Women in Scripture, which she edited, is distinguished by its inclusion and description of all women in the Bible, those who are named as well as those who are unnamed and those who appear as metaphors.

March 16, 4:00 p.m. Perkins Library Rare Book Room

    Images of Evil Disguised as Virtue: Ethnic Revival in Nazi Germany
    Using illustrations from mass-market Nazi periodicals, many from the collection of Duke's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Professor of History Claudia Koonz will examine the subtle ways in which sophisticated media campaigns persuaded Germans to, as one slogan put it, "love only your neighbors who are like yourselves."

March 17, 7:30 p.m. Perkins Library Rare Book Room

    Edward Ball, National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, will read and sign his new book, The Peninsula of Lies, a biography of Dawn Langley Simmons. Ball tells the intriguing story of Simmons, who was born in England as a boy named Gordon Langley Hall but died in the United States as a woman. Hall came to the U.S. when he was in his twenties, first living in New York City but later moving to Charleston, S.C. In 1968 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Hall's life took a dramatic turn when he underwent one of the first sex-reassignment surgeries. Ball skillfully draws the reader into his search for the truth about the life of Hall/Simmons in a book that reads like an old-fashioned mystery.

April 22, 6:30 p.m. Searle Conference Center. Tickets required.

    Annual dinner and business meeting of the Friends of the Duke University Libraries with guest speaker Nicholson Baker, author of novels, short fiction and essays. Baker's subject matter is varied, ranging from the erotic-his novel Vox--to the esoteric--a 150-page discourse on the use of the word "lumber" in English poetry. Critics describe him as an "exquisite miniaturist," and, writing in a 2002 Salon interview of Nicholson Baker, Laura Miller characterizes his style as "dazzling descriptive powers married to a passionate enthusiasm for the neglected flotsam and jetsam of everyday life." In 1999 Baker's interest in what others have neglected led him to purchase a large collection of nineteenth century American newspapers that were being auctioned by the British Library. When Baker speaks to the Friends on 22 April, he will talk about the significance of newspapers in their original print form. Members of the Friends will receive information in the mail about the event. Non-members who would like to attend should call (919) 660-5816 to purchase a ticket.

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For more information about these free public events, call (919) 660-5816 or e-mail Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing reasonable accommodations or who have questions about physical access may also call (919) 660-5816 or e-mail in advance of the programs.