Collection Number: 40053

Collection Title: Library North Carolina Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1917-1972

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1000 items)
Abstract The North Carolina Collection is a special collection of the University Library; its purpose is to acquire and preserve all published materials dealing with North Carolina. Louis Round Wilson began developing the collection shortly after he became University Librarian in 1901, and in 1917 he hired Mary L. Thornton to be its first curator. The history of the North Carolina Collection as a distinct unit of the library dates from that time. Chiefly correspondence regarding reference questions, acquisition of materials, and administrative matters. Curators whose correspondence appears include Mary Lindsay Thornton and William S. Powell.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting these materials.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Library North Carolina Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40053, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Periodic transfer from the offices that create these records.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The North Carolina Collection is a special collection of the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its purpose is to acquire and preserve published materials (books, periodicals, newspapers, government publications, pictures, and maps) dealing with the state and its localities and people as well as significant works written by North Carolinians. It also contains some natable collections of both manuscript and published materials, including the Thomas Wolfe Collection and the Sir Walter Raleigh Memorial Collection. It also serves as a repository for printed materials issued by the University and by its various departments and organizations.

Dr. Louis Round Wilson began the development of a collection of North Caroliniana soon after he became University Librarian in 1901. With the completion of a new library building in 1907, a special room was set aside in which all books and other materials related to the state were consolidated. A gift from John Sprunt Hill provided an annual income for increasing the collection. In 1917, Mr. Hill provided funds for a full-time curator of the collection.

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The records of the North Carolina Collection, in a single box, include its general files and consist primarily of correspondence regarding reference questions, the acquisition of materials, and administrative matters. These are arranged chronologically and cover the period from 1917 to 1972.

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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