We recently digitized yearbooks from the Duke University School of Medicine, spanning years 1950-2013. A few of these in particular stand out and offer insight into the social culture of the era. The 1950 yearbook is bursting with recently married post-war couples and their baby boomer babies, and yearbooks for decades afterwards continue to list spouse and children’s names next to the graduate’s photo.
The 1968 yearbook includes a stunning photographic essay chronicling Durham and its community, hospital patients, medical students, and the Duke campus.
The 1970 yearbook provides perspectives on the war in Vietnam and views on the social unrest and protests in the States. It includes a short article on the booming drug culture titled “Give Me Librium or Give Me Meth,” as well as a full-page photo declaring that “Smithfield is KKKK [sic] country.”
View more yearbooks from the Duke School of Medicine here. These volumes are shared online by the Duke University Medical Center Archives.