Medical Center Archives works with offices, donors, and researchers in order to provide access to, and ensure the preservation of, departmental archives, historical collections, and oral history materials. The Archives staff provides a range of research services to on-site and remote researchers, including assistance with locating historical records and answering questions related to DUMC projects and activities. While Medical Center Archives attempts to provide full access to its holdings, individual collections may be restricted due to Federal/State regulations, University policy, or individual donor wishes. Contact Archives staff to determine individual restrictions prior to visiting our repository.


We are located about two miles from Duke University Medical Center campus in Durham, NC. There is no shuttle service between our location and the campus. Free parking is available.


We are located on the first floor of the Seeley G. Mudd Building, Level 1, Room 102A in the Medical Center Library. As our collections are stored at the Medical Center Archives and off-site, advance notice is required for viewing materials at our office.

History of Medicine Collection

Many items from the Historical Images in Medicine digital project are housed in the History of Medicine Collections in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Please visit their sites to learn more about their materials.


Every effort is made to maintain convenient hours, but we reserve the right to close for brief periods when a staff presence cannot be maintained. Persons coming from a distance should make arrangements ahead of time to insure that they can be accommodated. Advance notice is required to use records that are stored off site at the Library Service Center. Whenever possible, please review collection finding aids and subject guides prior to your visit. Finding aids will help you determine which collections or files may be applicable to your research. If you plan to conduct research in a restricted collection, you may need written permission. Contact the Medical Center Archivist to begin the permissions process.