There are a number of tools to assist users of the The John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture in identifying materials for their research.
The Duke University Libraries Catalog is the first place to check for information about our holdings. For printed and other resources, the online catalog of the Duke University Library may be consulted.
- Advanced Search Option: to limit searches to the Franklin Research Center materials, users should use the advanced search option, selecting the location option for "Franklin Research Center." To search manuscript and archival materials, set the format option to "mixed" or "manuscript."
- Archival Finding Aids
More detailed records for manuscript and special collections are often available in the archival finding aids (both linked to the catalog record and searchable separately). These finding aids are online descriptive tools which serve as the primary point of intellectual access to archival collections in archives and manuscript repositories. You can browse or search these extensive guides to over 300 collections. Please note that archival finding aids have been created for only a small subset of our collections.
- Published Guide to the Manuscript Collections
Information on 5991 archival collections acquired up to 1980 by the Manuscript Department of Perkins Library, now part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Originally a published resource available at select libraries, it is now available for browsing and searching via the web.
- Collections and Guides
May provide helpful direction if you are beginning a research project. Please note that these guides provide highlights, not comprehensive lists.
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- Guide to Citing Special Collections Materials
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Please note that the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library also maintains a number of legacy card catalogs and files that may be useful for further identifying resources. Library staff can assist patrons in the use of these files.