Durham History Bibliography
Anderson, Jean Bradley. Durham County.
Durham: Duke University Press, 1990. History of the county and city from the 1740s to the 1980s. This is the most recent thorough history of the county.
Boyd, William Kenneth. The Story of Durham: City of the New South.
Durham: Duke University Press, 1925. Classic history of Durham by a Duke history professor.
Brown, Leslie. Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender, Class, and Black Community Development in the Jim Crow South.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2008. ”Brown paints Durham in the Jim Crow era as a place of dynamic change where despite common aspirations, gender and class conflicts emerged.”
Davidson, Osha Gray. The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2007. Story of the relationship between C. P. Ellis grew up in the poor white section of Durham, North Carolina, and as a young man joined the Ku Klux Klan and Ann Atwater, a single mother from the poor black part of town who quit her job as a household
domestic to join the civil rights fight.
Dula, W.C. and A.C. Simpson. Durham and Her People: Combining History and Who’s Who in Durham of 1949 and 1950.
Durham: Citizens Press, 1951. History of Durham from 1885-1950, including photographs and a detailed index.
Greene, Christina. Our Separate Ways: Women and the Black Freedom Movement in Durham, North Carolina.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005. Community study of several generations of black and white women who shaped the struggle for black freedom in Durham.
Howard, Chris D. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: The Black Struggle for Civic Equality in Durham, North Carolina, 1954-1963.
Honors paper in History, Duke University, 1983.
Kostyu, Joel A. and Frank A. Kostyu. Durham: a Pictorial History.
Norfolk, Va.: Donning, 1978. Over 350 photographs of Durham past and present.
Roberts, Claudia P. Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory.
Durham: City of Durham, 1982. An excellent building-by-building history of Durham and of its architecture. Thoroughly indexed.
Wise, James E. Durham: A Bull City Story.
Charleston: Arcadia, 2002. The history of Durham from its beginning to the 1990s, told through stories and first-hand accounts.