Library Artwork Collection

The Library’s artwork collection has a wide selection of portraits, prints, paintings, maps, sculptures, and busts. It includes portraits of Duke faculty members, paintings of the US Army 65th General Hospital, and a bust and portrait of James B. Duke. The Chatham Collection contains prints from the 1800s and 1900s and was donated to the library in the 1930s by Thurmond Chatham and features Audubon illustrations, race horses, and numerous harbor scenes. One seascape painting is attributed to Sir William Osler. The Library is also the repository for various bronze plaques that were initially installed in the School of Medicine when located in the Davison building.

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Bell Building

Framed photographs and text honoring William S. Lynn, Jr., for his part in desegregating the Bell Building.

James B. Duke

Portrait of James B. Duke.

American Flamingo

Print 49. Pink Flamingo.

James B. Duke

Bronze bust of James B. Duke.

Mildred Maud Perkins Farrar

Portrait of Mildred Maud Perkins Farrar, mother of Judith Farrar.

Magic Mountain

Large, multi-colored wall hanging

Davison Building

Painting of the Davison building done by Duke medical artist, Bob Blake.

Davison Club poster

Framed poster of Wilburt Davison.

Grace Kerby

Portrait of Grace Kerby.

Susan Dees

Portrait of Susan Dees.