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2020 - 2021 ADA Collection Awards

Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University   /   Deadline: 01/31/21

The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library is accepting submissions for our 2020-2021 Collection Awards. This year we are seeking to add to the Archive up to four projects focused on racial inequality in the United States. We encourage documentary projects that delve deeply into the relationships between structures of power and racism, including: anti-racism movements, environmental justice, housing inequality, Black trans rights, among many others. All submissions must be a finished body of work. We cannot accept works-in-progress regardless of their proposed completion date.

We highly encourage BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and documentary artists working in their own communities to apply.

We are accepting documentary submissions in a variety mediums, including but not limited to: photography, audio, film, animation, poetry and theater manuscripts, and book arts (for example, handmade books such as the ones seen here). While the final work accepted into the Archive can be a digital or physical object, such as a printed portfolio, or celluloid film, all submissions will need to be in digital form and uploaded to a viewing platform. You may use hosting sites such as a personal website, Soundcloud, Vimeo, YouTube, etc. We are unable to accept or collect works, such as sculpture, or other large items.

ADA Website:

Submission Portal:


Archive of Documentary Arts, David M. Rubenstein Rare Books & Manuscript LibraryDuke University411 Chapel DriveDurham, North Carolina27708




- Applicants should not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of submission
- Applicant may not be an employee of Duke University
- Applicants are not eligible if their work is already held in the collections of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University
- Applicants may submit a maximum of one entry
- Applicants must be a US Citizen or permanent resident


Each award comes with an honorarium of $3,500, plus additional production support as agreed upon (for example to print a portfolio). Selected work will be preserved in the collections at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, and available for use by students, faculty, and independent researchers. The ADA also promotes collection material through exhibition and a variety of public programs.

Contact Information

Caitlin Kelly
Box 90185
Durham, NC 27708

P: 919-681-7963

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