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Duke University Libraries Digital Collections

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Duke University Libraries Digital Collections provide access to Duke's library and archives for research, teaching and private study. Some collections supply digital images of photographs, manuscripts, and printed materials or searchable, full text of manuscripts or printed material. Others provide only bibliographic information. Search and advanced search functions are possible. Find a Collection also provides search and advanced search functions as well as an A-Z list. Browse All Items lets a user select a collection and scan all items within it. Results can be narrowed by options provided in the left margin.

A currently featured resource is Ad*Access, which has more than 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements from 1911-1955 in five product categories. The categories are beauty and hygiene, radio, television, transportation, and World War II propaganda. One 1943 magazine ad for War Bonds called Warning was sponsored by Ipana Tooth Paste (Bristol-Meyers). Dont listen to Optimistic Olivers, the ad cautioned. Theres no short cut to victoryits a long road -- an expensive trip!

Another resource, Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South comprises 410 recorded oral history interviews. Audio files and accompanying transcripts are collected by state. One recording under Arkansas is a talk with Tolbert T. Chism (48:36) who recounts his experiences growing up in Colt, Arkansas.

Yet another resource Hugh Mangum Photographs, (ca. 1890) - 1922  houses hundreds of portraits by an itinerant photographer in small towns In North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.


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