The Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History in Duke's Rubenstein Library acquires and preserves printed material and collections of textual and multimedia resources and makes them available to researchers around the world. Through these collections and related programming, the Center promotes understanding of the social, cultural, and historical impact of advertising, marketing, and sales.
Travel Grants Program Endowed and Named
Alvin A. Achenbaum has generously committed to endowing the Hartman Center’s travel grant program, which will be named in his honor. Learn more about this and the dedication of his papers here.
New Reference Archivist
The Hartman Center welcomes Joshua Larkin Rowley as our new Reference Archivist. Josh has spent the last four years in the Rubenstein Library's Research Services, but is new to working with the advertising collections. We are happy to have him working with us!
New Pan Am Research Guide!
Check out our new research guide to Hartman Center collections documenting the history of advertising done for Pan American Airlines (Pan Am) here.
The Hartman Center announces new online finding aids for the following collections:
For a more complete list, see our Newly Available Collections page.
These and other Hartman Center finding aids can be found and searched from the Archival Finding Aids page.
An image database of over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.
Emergence of Advertising in America
A database of over 9,000 advertising items and publications (1850 - 1920), illustrating the rise of consumer culture, and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry.
Medicine and Madison Avenue
A database of over 600 health-related advertisements printed between 1911 and 1958, as well as 35 selected historical documents relating to health-related advertising.
ROAD: Resource of Outdoor Advertising Descriptions
A database of over 50,000 descriptions of images of outdoor advertising dating from the 1920s through the 1990s, pulled from four outdoor advertising collections including the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). No images are available from this website.
A subset of the original ROAD (see above), this resource contains over 27,000 images of outdoor advertising dating from the 1920s through the 1990s, including the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). Additional images will be added over the summer.
Advertising Age Encyclopedia of Advertising
Three-volume encyclopedia available for purchase through the Routledge website.
The Power of Refined Beauty: Photographing Society Women for Pond's, 1920s - 1950s is the latest exhibit curated by the Hartman Center. Portraits of high society European and American women photographed by prominent photographers Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and others, are shown with related Pond's advertisements. The traveling form of this exhibit is now available to museums and cultural institutions.
Following up on the popular exhibit Not Just Mad Men: Real Advertising Careers in the 1960s, there are now two videos related to this exhibit available on YouTube. A short video includes highlights of the Fall 2008 exhibit. The second video documents The Reality of 'Mad Men' event, a lively discussion with panelists Charlotte Beers, Wally O'Brien, and Doug Alligood on their experiences of 1960s Madison Avenue in comparison to the television show Mad Men on AMC. The traveling form of this exhibit is available to museums and cultural institutions.
Maxwell Did It! Photographing the Atlantic City Boardwalk, 1920s–1950s highlights Atlantic City signs and scenes.
The Hartman Center is pleased to be a co-recipient of the 2007 Leab Award (Division Three) for the printed catalog produced in conjunction with the 2006 exhibit, Maxwell Did It! Photographing the Atlantic City Boardwalk, 1920s-1950s. The award is granted by the Rare Book and Manuscript Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
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