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John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture"

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The John Hope Franklin Research Center in the Rubenstein Library collects, preserves and promotes the use of published and unpublished primary sources for the exploration, understanding and advancement of scholarship of the history and culture of Africa and people of the African Diaspora in the Americas.

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Teaching with Primary Sources

Utilize these modules for remote instruction and teaching to expose students to digitized primary sources from the Rubenstein Library's collections focused on special topics of the African Diaspora.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

American Slavery Documents

Desegregating Durham

Wilmington Massacre

Freedom, Fear, and Independence in Haiti

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Keep up to date with news and events from the Franklin Research Center by subscribing to our email list.


NEH Implementation Grant to Expand Access to Behind the Veil Oral History Collection

This summer Duke University Libraries will launch a project to provide expanded digital access to the Behind the Veil: Documenting African-American Life in the Jim Crow South oral history collection...(read more)


Our Story, Our Terms Project Receives Funding

A new initiative developed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project (SLP), the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Duke Libraries, the New Georgia Project, BYP 100 and the Ohio Voice and made possible by a $630,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to document how today's activists built their social and political movements...(read more)

Affliated Projects

The SNCC Digital Gateway

SNCC Digital Gateway

Made possible with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The SNCC Digital Gateway: Learn From the Past, Organize for the Future, Make Democracy Work is a collaborative project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinator Committee, Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, and the Duke University Libraries. This documentary website tells the story of how young activists in SNCC united with local people in the Deep South to build a grassroots movement for change that empowered the Black community and transformed the nation.