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Friends of CDS Overview

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), located on the edge of the Duke University campus, is much more than a traditional educational center. Through diverse programming and active community engagement, CDS offers opportunities for participation by people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of expertise. Open six days a week, with exhibitions in its galleries and numerous courses and other activities year-round, CDS invites you to join the documentary community today. 

The best way to get involved at CDS is to support the documentary arts. This is easy to do, by making a contribution through Friends of CDS. 

Through their contributions, Friends of CDS help to support the Center for Documentary Studies, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Duke University. 

Because its founders envisioned an organization that would bridge campus and community life, CDS was established as neither an academic department nor a traditional university educational center. Rather, CDS functions as an independent not-for-profit organization, with its own budget and fundraising goals.

As you consider your contribution to Friends of CDS, we would greatly appreciate your support at the highest level possible. 


Two Ways to Give

1) You may make a secure on-line donation:

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2) You may send a check payable to "Center for Documentary Studies."

Send to: 

Friends of CDS
1317 W. Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27705

For More Information on Friends of CDS:

Lynn McKnight, Associate Director for Programs and Development
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

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Image above: Opening reception for the exhibition We’re One House: Large Format Photography (detail). Photograph by Nick Pironio.

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