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Guide to the Center for Documentary Studies records, 1990-ongoing

Abstract

The Center for Documentary Studies opened in January 1990 and is an outgrowth of and replacement for the Center for Documentary Photography (1980-1990). The Center combines traditions of documentary photography and film, writing, oral history, and scholarly analysis in seeking to capture life experiences.

Collection contains publications, calendars, announcement, brochures, newspaper and magazine clippings, a videocassette, and other materials such as administrative files and electronic files. The materials date from 1990 and the collection is ongoing.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies.
Title
Center for Documentary Studies records 1990-[ongoing]
Language of Material
English
Extent
14.6 Linear Feet, 13,050 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains publications, calendars, announcement, brochures, newspaper and magazine clippings, a videocassette, and other materials. Publications include Up for Grabs (1996-). Also included is a videocassette of the opening of the CDS, 23 January 1990, features remarks by Center director Iris Hill, and Dean R. A. White, Robert Coles, and Reynolds Price. Accessions UA2010-0024 and UA2011-0003 contain promotion materials including exhibit postcards and administrative records. The administrative records are restricted for 25 years from date of origin.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.

For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Flyers, 1993-2001
Box 1
News releases, memos
Box 1
Calendars, undated, 1992, 1997-1998
Box 1
Up for Grabs, 1996
Box 1
Dedication, Jan. 23, 1990 - 3M Broadcast VHS T-120 Videocassette (remarks by Iris T. Hill, R.A. White, Reynolds Price, Robert Coles)
Box 1

This accession is not processed.

Promotion materials on exhibits, including postcards (Box label reflects how box was numbered at accessioning, i.e. Box 1)
Box 2

This accession is RESTRICTED as it contains administrative files and is unprocessed. The accession included 4 ZIP disks and a 3.5 inch floppy which were separated from the collection. Their contents were migrated to the server. The originals are stored elsewhere. The contents appear to be related to the exhibit on William Gedney. Please consult Research Services staff before coming on-site so that the electronic files can be reviewed.

CDS General (not specific to exhibitions)
Box 3
Opening of Bridges Building
Box 3
Continuing Education
Box 3
Document Publication
Box 3
Up for Grabs Publication
Box 3
Bridges Bulletin Publication
Box 3
Community Projects
Box 3
Outreach
Box 3
Classes
Box 3
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Box 3
Student Fellowships
Box 3
Materials related to the following exhibitions: 25 and Under; Appeal to this Age: Photography of the Civil Rights Era; Red White and Blue and God Bless You: A portrait of northern New Mexico; Robert Frank: The Americans; House and Home: Spirits of the South/The Collecting Impulse; Margaret Sartor: Home; Eye of Childhood: Children's Drawings Collected by Robert Coles
Box 4
Material related to the following exhibitions: HIV Positive Life; S.E.E.D.S.; On the Plains; E.K. Powe Neighborhood Project
Box 5
CDS General (not specific to exhibitions)
Box 5
Matt Devries and Jen Schradie film The Golf War
Box 5
Troubled: Photography, Film and Video from Northern Ireland
Box 5
Corridor of Change
Box 5
John Hope Franklin Presentations
Box 5
Porch Gallery Lamba Youth
Box 5
Lange Taylor Prize
Box 5
Material related to the following exhibitions: Women and the Music of Rural America; Short Distances and Definite Places: The Photographs of William Gedney; Personal Histories; Inside/Outside: An Installation by Tuba Oztekin; Off Center: CDS Photography Group Show
Box 6
CDS General (not specific to exhibitions
Box 7
Management Description
Box 7
Job Descriptions and Budgets
Box 7
Promotional Material
Box 7
Travel Expenses
Box 7
Budget for Exhibitions
Box 7
John Hope Franklin Award
Box 7
Material related to the following exhibitions: 25 and Under; Vietnam
Box 7
Material related to the following exhibitions: The New American Ghetto by Camilo Vergara; H.O.P.E.,; Come Sunday by Thomas Roma
Box 8
Material related to the following exhibitions: Youngest Parents; Literacy through Photography; Ghana: Two Weeks, Nine Students, Many Cameras
Box 9
Traveling Exhibitions
Box 9
Eye of Childhood
Box 9
CDS General (not specific to exhibitions
Box 9
Budgets and Fundraising
Box 9
Material related to the following exhibitions: Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood by Lauren Greenfield; El Periodo Especial in Cube by Ernesto Bazan; In My Community: Documenting Changing Life in Durham; Cambodia x3: Facing Death, Cambodia Now, Across Temple Gate
Box 10
CDS General (not related to exhibitions)
Box 10
Material related to the following exhibition: To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from historically Black Colleges and Universities - Training the Head, the Hand, and the Heart
Box 11
Porch Gallery Archive
Box 11

UA2011.0033circa 1998-2002

(1 box and 4 folders)

This accession contains materials pertaining to CDS traveling exhibitions.

The Youngest Parents [Photographs by Jocelyn Lee and John Moses]
Box 11
A Positive Life [Photographs by Mary Berridge]
Box 11
Short Distances and Definite Places [Photographs of William Gedney
Box 11
Who Am I? A Decade of Literacy Through Photography in Durham 1990-2000
Box 11
Takeover: The Trials of Eddie Hatcher, Publicity circa 1998
Box 23
Helen Levitt: Children's Street Drawings, Publicity circa 1990
Box 23
Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory, Bill Bamberger 1998
Box 23
House and Home: Spirits of the South 1995-1996
Box 23
The Eye of Childhood: Children's Drawings Collected by Robert Coles 1994 March-May
Box 23
Porch Gallery 1999 January-May
Box 23
Double Take Documentary Film Festival 1999 April
Box 23
Porch Gallery Exhibitions 1999-2000
Box 23
Publicity Mailing circa 1998-1999
Box 23
Double Take Documentary Film Festival 1998 April
Box 23
Publicity Mailing 1999
Box 23
Twenty-five and Under/Photographs 1997 January-March
Box 23
The New American Ghetto 1997 October-December
Box 23
Mexico City 1941, Helen Levitt; Bearing Witness, Gertrude Blom 1998 February-May
Box 23
Porch Gallery Mailer 1998-1999
Box 23
Literacy Through Photography Program circa 2000
Box 23
Thirteen-Month Crop circa 2000
Box 23
Youth Document Durham, Home Made Visible 2002-2004
Box 23
Putting Documentary Work to Work 2001
Box 23
CDS Exhibit Collections circa 2009
Box 23
S.E.E.D.S. Exhibition 1999 June-July
Box 23
E. K. Powe Neighborhoods Project 1999 June-September
Box 23
On the Plains, Photographs by Peter Brown 1999
Box 23
Old Five Points Photo Project 1998 September-October
Box 23
Robert Frank: The Americans 1995-1996
Box 23
I-26, Corridors of Change, Rob Amberg and Sam Gray 1998 April
Box 23
Wendy Ewald: Portraits and Dreams circa 1993
Box 23
Undraborn/Extraordinary Child Photographs, Mary Ellen Mark 2009-2010
Box 23
The South in Black and White 2011
Box 23
The South in Black and White Posters
Oversize Folder 1
Event Posters
Oversize Folder 2

Historical Note

The Center for Documentary Studies opened in January 1990 and is an outgrowth of and replacement for the Center for Documentary Photography (1980-1990). Creation of the CDS was approved by the Board of Trustees in February, 1989. It was a non-profit support corporation for the University, and was initially funded through a $5 million gift from the Lyndhurst Foundation (1988). The Center combines traditions of documentary photography and film, writing, oral history, and scholarly analysis in seeking to capture life experiences, particularly in four areas of research: the American family, African American life and race relations, law and politics, and ecology and the environment. Directors: Iris T. Hill, 1990-1998; Tom Rankin, 1998-.

Subject Headings

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  • South African photograph collection. (Rubenstein Library, Duke University.)
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Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Center for Documentary Studies records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1990, 1992, 2000, 2010-2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, November 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, February 2007

Updated by Kimberly Sims, March 2011

Updated by Rosemary K. J. Davis, November 2011

Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.