Finding Materials in the Archive of Documentary Arts

There are a number of tools listed below to assist users of the ADA in identifying materials for their research.

Once you have located material, Register as a researcher and request materials online before visiting the Rubenstein Library.


Conduct a Search

Nearly all of our collections are included in the Duke University Libraries online catalog.

If you use the default search box on the Rubenstein Library homepage, you will search all of the Rubenstein Library's collections, except for material in the University Archives.

Want to know more about searching?  Take a look at our video tutorials.


Media, Subject, & Artist Guides

The Rubenstein Library is home to thousands of images from 1839 to present. The guides below highlight many of our holdings but are not comprehensive listings of the entire collection.

Search by Artist

Search by Media

Search by Organization

Search by Subject


Digital Collections

A selection of ADA materials have been digitized and are available for use in private research, study, and teaching. You may reproduce digitized materials without further permission from the ADA, provided that you cite the artists' name and  Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University Rubenstein Library in your work. 

Citation Example: Hugh Mangum, Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University Rubenstein Library

For other uses of these materials—such as in commercial products or for broadcast or publication—please contact us to request permission in advance.

Link to Archive of Documentary Arts Digital Collections