Membership & Benefits

The James B. Duke Memorial Library focused work on the Peeler Collection of photographs and negatives and the Black Media Association video collection.

James Gibson Peeler's work as a photographer documented the African-American population of  Charlotte, North Carolina from the 1940's through the 1990's. He documented daily life as well as significant sit-ins and protests of the Civil Rights Movement. Peeler's subjects included residents of Charlotte as well as figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jessie Jackson, and Thurgood Marshall.

The Archives in the Duke Library hold more than 250,000 photographs and negatives in the Peeler Collection. There is a large demand for this collection and now almost 3,000 of these images have been digitized and are available at the Archives' SmugMug site.

The Black Media Association (BMA) was created by the Charlotte Association of Black Journalists in 1979 and was primarily launched to study how Blacks were being portrayed in television commercials and printed advertisement. Johnson C. Smith University's communication arts students partnered with the BMA in the 1980's and 1990's to produce the "BMA Live" television show, which was intended to portray positive images of African-Americans  in the media as counter-attack to the abundance of negative Black portrayals on commercial television. Fifty VHS videos from this collection were digitized as a part of the HBCU Preservation Project.  


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Mrs. Inez Moore Parker, University Archivist, interviewing alum Mr. E.L. James, class of 1928, onsite at the Black History and Culture Center in the James B. Duke Memorial Library (soon to be known as the Inez Moore Parker Archives and Research Center) on July 1, 1981.



Hair styling demonstration at a pageant and competition in Charlotte, NC, n.d.