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Rebecca Sittler photographs, 2011-2013 2.0 Linear Feet — 1 flat box — 30 color prints (18x22.5" image size; 22x26.5" with borders) printed on Epson Luster Paper, originating as digital files.

Collection contains 30 color prints from Sittler's project All the Presidents' Men. This project combines photographs made in presidential museums and historic sites across the United States with images from Sittler's father and grandfather's homes.

Rebecca Sittler's series All the Presidents' Men was the winner of the 2015 Archive of Documentary Arts Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts. The ADA Collection Awards were established to diversify the ADA’s collection in order to better reflect the multitude of viewpoints and communities from which work is being made in the documentary arts today.

Sittler included the following abstract about her work:

All the Presidents' Men combines photographs made in presidential museums and historic sites across the United States with images from my father and grandfather's homes. In 1959, after a spontaneous all-night road trip, my 18-year-old father met former president Harry Truman out for a morning walk on the streets of Independence, Missouri. He doesn't remember what they talked about, only the thrill of meeting a "powerful," yet "unassuming" man. Nearly 50 years later, I visited Truman's presidential museum and noticed there was little evidence of the restlessness and uncertainty that have shaped my father's generation and characterized Truman's legacy.

I am intrigued by photography's increasing role within history museums, where historical narratives intersect with the complexities of photographs, replicas, and ephemera, and are interpreted through the viewer's imagination and personal experiences. In particular, I see presidential museums as archives of a particular version of American masculinity, informed by American dreams, fictional narratives, and political rhetoric. Presidential power is reified and celebrated within the history museum while aspects of presidential identities that are more revealing of their complexity, individual struggles or humanity are only rarely or subtly articulated. These "preferred" heroic narratives have their own blind spots that are also absorbed into our political and personal lives despite the tenuous grasp they hold on the complexities of history and the multifaceted lives of men.

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Richard M. Nixon Reference collection, 1934-1999 0.5 Linear Feet — 500 Items

Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994) attended the Duke University School of Law from 1934 to 1937, graduating number three in a class of twenty-six. During his three years at Duke, Nixon was active in the Duke Bar Association and was elected President in his senior year. The Richard M. Nixon Reference Collection contains academic transcripts, personal and administrative correspondence related to law school, letters of recommendation, newspaper clippings, and reference inquiries and correspondence related to both the honorary degree controversy in 1954 and the Watergate scandal in the early 1970's when he was President of the United States. This collection was compiled from a variety of sources by the University Archives for use in reference and research.