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Guide to the Center for Documentary Studies Neighborhoods Project records, 1997-2004 and undated

Abstract

The Neighborhoods Project was created as part of the Community Programs department within Duke's Center for Documentary Studies. According to the CDS website, it offered North Carolina elementary school teachers an innovative and effective way to meet social studies goals outlined in the state's standard course of study. The project provided a way to engage students in their own communities, focusing on their individual lives and stories through photographs, narrative writing, and storytelling. It provided a series of experiential learning activities that encouraged the use of photography, oral history, and narrative writing in an exploration of community and citizenship.

Collection includes black-and-white photographs, negatives, and slides from projects created by students at Durham's E.K. Powe and W.G. Pearson elementary schools between 1997 and 2004. The images document the social life and the built environment in Durham, N.C., in city neighborhoods where the students live; they feature children, pets, houses and places of business, groups of adults, and other neighborhood scenes where whites, African Americans, and Spanish-seeking citizens live. Some materials are in Spanish. Also includes some student booklets and publications highlighting their projects as part of the program. Acquired as part of the Archive for Documentary Arts.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies. Community Programs.
Title
Center for Documentary Studies Neighborhoods Project records 1997-2004 and undated
Language of Material
English, Spanish
Extent
3 Linear Feet, Approx. 1000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection includes black-and-white photographs (a few are hand-colored), negatives, and slides from projects created by students at Durham's E.K. Powe and W.G. Pearson elementary schools between 1997 and 2004. The images document the social life and the built environment in Durham, N.C., in city neighborhoods where the students live; they feature children, pets, houses and places of business, groups of adults, and other neighborhood scenes. Also includes some student booklets and publications highlighting their projects as part of the program. Materials are sorted by school, with miscellaneous or unidentified materials in the last series. Also contains electronic and audiovisual recordings that require reformatting before use.

Acquired by the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

Negatives, 1999
(2 folders)
Box 1
Negatives, 2000
Box 1
Slides and prints, 2000
Box 1
Slides, 2000-2001
Box 1
Negatives and prints, 2000-2001
Box 1
Negatives and prints, 2001
(6 folders)
Box 1
Binder, 2002
(4 folders)
Box 1
Slides, 2002-2003
Box 1
Binder, 2002-2003
Box 1
Student booklets, 2000-2003
Box 1
Publications, 2002-2003 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
Binder, 2002
(4 folders)
Box 2
Binder, 2002
(2 of 3 folders)
Box 2
Binder, 2002
(3 of 3 folders)
Box 2
Slides, 2003-2004
Box 2
Publications, 2004
Box 2
West End Photography project prints, 1997-1998
(3 folders)
Box 2
Color prints and negatives, 2000
Box 2
Binder, 2004
(2 folders)
Box 2
Miscellaneous slides, 2001-2004 and undated
Box 2
Audiovisual and electronic materials

Includes 16 audio cassettes, 10 floppy disks, and 2 zip disks.

Box 3
Old Five Points Neighborhood Project prints, circa 1997

Taken by students at an unidentified school and year. The last two black-and-white 8x10" prints have been hand-colored. Includes some captions created by the student photographers. Some of all of the images may have been exhibited at an Old Five Points exhibit at the CDS in 1998.

(30 prints)
Box 4

Historical Note

Adapted from a Center for Documentary Studies website:

The Neighborhoods Project, created by local teachers and Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) staff members, offered North Carolina elementary school teachers an innovative and effective way to meet social studies goals outlined in the state's standard course of study. The project provided series of experiential learning activities that allowed students to engage with their own communities, focusing on their individual lives and stories through photographs, narrative writing, and storytelling, and exploring ideas of community and citizenship.

The Neighborhoods Project received support from the Civic Education Consortium, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts. It was disbanded in 2010.

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Center for Documentary Studies Neighborhoods Project Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Center for Documentary Studies Neighborhoods Project records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, October 2011

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, October 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-0178

Materials added by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, April 2013

Part of this collection have been minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.