Guide to the Signs and Symbols Reference collection, 1972-ongoing


The Signs and Symbols Reference Collection contains material concerning Duke University's insignia, logos, motto, seal, color, and other emblems and identifying marks. Information about marketing and licensing is also included.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
Signs and Symbols Reference collection
Duke University. University Archives
0.2 Linear Feet, 200 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains files of clippings, memoranda, artwork, textiles, and printed materials concerning the history, development, and use of the University seal, shield and other emblems, and trademarks, insignia, the school color, and the motto, “ Eruditio et religio ” .

Restrictions on Access & Use

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warning Access Restrictions

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

Collection is open for research.

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

Box 1
Duke Blue (color)
Box 1
Duke Shield
Box 1
Eruditio et religio (motto)
Box 1
Logos and trademarks
Box 1
Box 1
Marketing and licensing
Box 1
Seal of the University
Box 1
University Flag
Box 1

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Signs and Symbols Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Signs and Symbols Reference Collection was compiled by University Archives staff from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas Harkins, July 2004

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, September 2006

Updated by Molly Bragg, July 2011

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