Celebrate Halloween with the DUMC Archives!

DUMC Archives Event Poster

It Came from the Archives! Halloween Highlights from the DUMC Archives Location: Medical Center Library & Archives, Level 2, Room 212E   Date: Friday, October 31, 11am – 1pm

The Duke University Medical Center Archives is hosting a Halloween event at the MCL&A featuring a selection of eerie, fascinating, and rarely seen materials from our collections. Brave souls are invited to gaze upon spine-chilling artwork, stare into the faces of frightening death masks, behold macabre medical artifacts and instruments, and much more! Halloween candy will be available…for those who haven’t lost their appetite.

The event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Jolie Braun at (919) 383-2653 or jolie.braun@duke.edu.  






As soon as we saw the ad for this we KNEW we would be attending this exhibit. My Husband and I skipped lunch to make sure that we would be there on time. The staff members were so polite and very knowledgeable ! To see a few of the original medical drawings by the amazing legend Bob Blake was a thrill to me. It felt "sacred" and awe inspiring. Now I want to know so much more about this wonderful artist and see more of his works. One of the original plaques from the columbarium with the sweetest story was exceptional. I have a personal connection to columbarium. For over 23 years I have been engraving the small brass pieces for the inside containers. The death masks were oddly beautiful. Other items not mentioned here
were just perfect for this exibit. The only down side was we wanted to see MORE! I SAY BRAVO & ENCORE for MORE.
For the first time exibit this was quite well done !!!! We have been so happy that we had this extraordinary opportunity.
I WISH that the exhibit would have been packed with a line waiting so that others could have had the joy of learning little
known facts in the fasinating history of Duke. We were truly Blessed!!!!

Brenda, Thanks for coming to the event and your kind words about it -- we're so glad you enjoyed it! We have plenty more of Bob Blake's work. If you're interested, you can get a better sense of what we have here (on the finding aid for his collection: https://archives.mc.duke.edu/mcablakerobert.html ; you can also see a few pieces we've digitized on MEDSpace: https://medspace.mc.duke.edu/subjects/blake-robert-l ). We had a good turnout, so we're hoping to do it again next year.

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