April 24, 2019

New Online: Duke University Libraries Digitizes and Releases Digital Collection of Over 2700 Sermons Recorded at Duke University Chapel (1946-2002)

From a Duke U. Libraries Bitstreams Blog Post By Jessica Serrao:

I think I speak for all of us in the Digital Collections Program when I say how excited we are to roll out this complex collection of digitized audio, video, and manuscripts that document sermons at Duke Chapel from the 1940s to early 2000s.  You can now watch, listen to, and read sermons given at the Chapel by an array of preachers, including Duke Divinity faculty, and notable female and African American preachers.  Many of the recordings contain full worship services complete with music by the Chapel’s 100-voice choir and four pipe organs.  There are also special services, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials, Good Fridays and Christmas Eves,Baccalaureates, and Convocations.

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Digitization of this collection was made possible through our collaboration with Duke University’s Divinity School,Duke Chapel, University Archives, and Duke University Libraries’ Digital Collections Program.  In 2015, the Divinity School received a Lilly Endowment Grant that funded the outsourcing of A/V digitization through two vendors, The Cutting Corporation and A/V Geeks, and the in-house digitization of the printed sermons.

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The Lilly Grant also provided funding to generate transcriptions of the audio-visual items, which we outsourced to Pop Up Archive, a company that specializes in creating timestamped transcripts and tags to make audio text searchable.

Direct to Duke Chapel Recordings Digital Collection

Much More in Complete Blog Post About the Content and Project

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