Duke Photography, formerly called Duke University Photography, was the official photographic service of Duke University. The Duke Photography Records include many of the original photographs taken by the service from the 1960s through the 2010s.
The collection includes many of the photographs taken by Duke Photography in the course of its work as the official photographic service of Duke University. Photographs include images of administrators, students, faculty, staff, visiting speakers, artists, and celebrities, campus and classroom scenes, athletic events, buildings and construction on campus, theatrical and other performances, members of the Board of Trustees, parties and events, and many other subjects.
Photographs include both analog and digital formats; the majority of the analog photographs are on 35-mm, 120-mm, and 4x5 film, although other photographic mediums may be present. Most jobs include all or most of the original images and may or may not indicate which images were selected for use. Some indication of which images were selected for use were written on the original storage envelopes, which have not been kept as part of the collection. These notes may be indicated in the scope and contents note for that job number. Also included are notes when it is known there are missing items, instances of mislabeled photographs, and any additional materials included with the job number.
Job numbers may contain images from multiple events. Multiple job numbers are listed in the finding aid but only the first listing of each job contains a physical description of what is included in the folder. Some folders may contain multiple job numbers. It may not be indicated which images are from which event.
The description for images included in this finding aid was provided by Duke Photography in the course of their record-keeping and is incomplete. Broad subject categories divised by Duke Photography were often applied to jobs, but this categorization was not always applied or consistent. The vast majority of job numbers have some description indicating the topic, event, or individuals featured, but does not include identification of every individual, event, or date. Some job numbers do not have any description provided.