The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture acquires and preserves published and unpublished materials that reflect the public and private lives of women throughout history. Our center, housed at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, makes these materials available to a large number of researchers from around the world.
In 1988, author and feminist activist Sallie Bingham endowed a women's studies archivist position in the Special Collections Library, now known as the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, to coordinate the acquisition, cataloguing, reference and outreach activities related to women and gender. The Center was permanently endowed in 1993 and was named the "Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture" in 1999 in honor of Bingham. In 2011, journalist, activist, and women’s health care pioneer Merle Hoffman endowed the directorship for sustained leadership of the Center.
The Bingham Center colects a broad range of women’s history materials with a focus on the following topics:
- domestic culture
- girl culture
- history of feminist theory and activism
- lay and ordained church women
- southern women
- women artists
- women authors and publishers
- women of color
- women's sexuality and gender expression
The Bingham Center is grateful for the generosity of private benefactors, whose donations support our collecting mission and greater access to collections through outreach, processing, and public programs. We have received most of our holdings as gifts or have acquired them with the support of our donors. We welcome inquiries from individuals and representatives of organizations about contributing to the Center’s holdings or supporting our programs in other ways. To make a financial contribution to support our unique collections, programming, and high quality access to materials, you can donate online. We appreciate your support!