Archive of Documentary Arts


The Archive of Documentary Arts is part of Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Its mission is to collect, promote, preserve, and provide access to audio, moving images, photography, and text from around the world related to the history of documentary arts.

The ADA works closely with the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Program in Arts of the Moving Image, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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Upcoming Events

ADA Photobook Club: Henri Cartier Bresson's The Decisive Moment

Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment

May 5, 6:00 PM

Center for Documentary Studies Library

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