Duke Ethnobotanical Archives

Duke Ethnobotanical Archives & Teaching Gardens

Our goal is to provide greater access to plants in peril, creating opportunities for the public to learn about the medicinal plants this community holds dear. Our newly opened Archives are the biggest collection of Jim Duke’s prolific herbal writings, Peggy Duke’s incredible botanical drawings, along with the couple’s notes, files, and herbarium—preserving their extensive research for the public to see in one central locale. And we want to make it accessible to all!

The Duke Library is located in the new center and curated in hand-made red oak bookshelves that have locking glass doors. Notes and other materials are stored in the filing cabinets below. We will be working next on a digital searchable database of the books and cataloging the extensive slide collection of plants from the Amazon, Costa Rica, Appalachia, Maine, and other locations that the Dukes traveled and studied.

Furthermore, we will be curating a small herbarium collection from Jim Duke as well as plants from the Sanctuary in Ohio. We are at the planning stage for a teaching garden and hope to be able to announce ethnobotanical fellowship research opportunities for 2023.


The ONLINE Duke Ethnobotanical Archives

Jim Duke’s library has now been catalogued and is ready to explore. We are now working on a database that alphabetically lists Jim Duke’s extensive filing system. Once that is complete, we will begin scanning his slides and photography. Stay tuned as we continue to curate the Duke Ethnobotanical Archives.



Read about the lives of Jim and Peggy Duke

Jim and Peggy Duke

Thank you to our Foundational Contributors!

A Wild Soap Bar
Jeff Bernath
Jody Berry
Donna Nussinow Burns
Sharon Christie
Jennifer Dennis
Leslie Feingold
K. Camille Freeman
Thomas Hitchcock III
Horst Mueggenburg Foundation
Julie Irwin
Rudayna Ghubash
Kathleen Gilday
Cristina Goncalves
Jill Karkosak
Sara Katz
Elizabeth Lambert
David & Celia Larsen
Charles Leopold
Julie Levin
Laura McQuaid
Nativa Medica
Sarah Raposa
Marsha Scheppler
Trace Shapiro
Eddie Smith
Terri Wright-Knapke
The Metzman Family Tzedakah Fund

Teachers of the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism and the Academy for Astrological Medicine

If you would like your name to be listed differently let us know by emailing office@unitedplantsavers.org.