Philanthropist, Environmentalist, Collector: Doris Duke and Her Estates

Doris Duke's Home Movies

At Home with Doris Duke: Selections from her personal home movies

Footage from the Doris Duke Foundation Historical Archives. This collection is housed at Duke University Libraries' Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library (


00:18 "I Know A Garden," Duke Farms, Somerville, NJ
00:58 James B. and Nanaline Duke
01:09 Doris riding behind her pony, "Princie Shep"
01:53 Doris with her parents, James B. and Nanaline Duke
03:38 Doris and friends boating at Duke Farms
04:25 Doris and furry pal canoeing

05:54 Rough Point Estate, Newport, RI, 1920s
06:26 Doris at Cliff Walk
07:36 Doris, her mother Nanaline, and friend

08:04 Duke Farms, Somerville, NJ, Summer 1929
08:09 Doris playing with her Airedale
08:28 Doris and friend kick up their heels

08:53 Duke Farms, Somerville, NJ, mid-1930s
09:00 Doris relaxes at Duke Farms

09:49 Newport, RI, 1937
09:54 Doris and friends at a polo match
10:19 Doris' Rough Point estate

10:54 Honolulu, HI, 1937, Getting to know the local customs
10:59 Doris and the Kahanamoku family
11:22 Marion Sims Wyeth, Doris' architect
11:50 Doris' husband James joins in on the fun
12:09 "Hale Kapu," the site of Doris' future home, was eventually renamed Shangri La

13:06 Construction of Shangri La, Doris' Hawaiian Estate, 1937-1938
16:33 Doris and Drew Baker, onsite architect, inspect construction of Shangri La

17:06 Doris' Travels in the Middle East, 1938
18:15 Palmyra, Syria
19:02 Iran
19:08 Aleppo, Syria
20:02 Isfahan, Iran
20:26 Chihul Situn, Isfahan, Iran

20:37 Duke Farms, Somerville, NJ, 1950s
21:11 Main Residence at Duke Farms

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