The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library acquires, preserves and makes available to a large population of researchers published and unpublished materials that reflect the public and private lives of women, past and present.
In 1988, as a result of a gift by Sallie Bingham, the Women's Studies Archivist position was created to coordinate the acquisition, cataloguing, reference, and outreach activities related to the Rubenstein Library's holdings on women and gender. The center was permanently endowed in 1993 and named the "Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture" in 1999 in honor of author, playwright, teacher and feminist activist Sallie Bingham. The Center is charged with acquiring, preserving and providing access to published and unpublished materials that reflect the public and private lives of women past and present. In 2011, the Center's directorship was endowed by and named in honor of journalist, activist and women’s health care pioneer Merle Hoffman. Currently the staff consists of a director, research services librarian, technical services archivist, graduate intern, field experience students, and volunteers.
While the Bingham Center is a broad-based women’s history archives, our main collecting areas include the following. A more detailed description of our holdings may be found on the Collections Overview page and through our Subject Guides.
The Bingham Center staff works to make women's archival collections and rare print materials more accessible to potential researchers by:
The Bingham Center promotes its collections to a wide audience by:
The Bingham Center has been a training ground for numerous students who want to gain experience working with rare materials that focus on women and gender. Internships are created on a case by case basis as we try to devise meaningful projects that capitalize on and complement students' academic interests while providing them with valuable work experience.
The Bingham Center depends upon the generosity of private benefactors. Most of its holdings have been received as gifts or acquired with support from donors. Its staff welcomes inquiries from individuals or organizations interested in contributing to the Center’s holdings or supporting its programs in other ways. For more information, please see the Rubenstein Library's Guide to Donating Materials.
To make a financial contribution to support our unique collections, programming, and providing access to materials, you can donate online. We appreciate your support!
For additional information, please contact us.
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