Collection Number: 40054

Collection Title: Library North Carolina Union Catalog of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1934-1979

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the Duplication Policy section for more information.


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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract The North Carolina Union Catalog grew from the Joint Committee on Intellectual Cooperation, created in 1933 by the University of North Carolina and Duke University. The libraries of the two schools agreed to copy and exchange catalog cards for their holdings. In 1937, North Carolina State College added copies of its cards to the University of North Carolina file, which then became the union catalog. By 1957, 15 libraries were contributing cards. The University of North Carolina Library continued to house and maintain the union catalog, which became the chief bibliographic tool of its Interlibrary Center, estabished in 1958 to check interlibrary loan request against the Library's catalog and the union catalog and to refer requests as appropriate. By the early 1970s, over 100 libraries in the state were contributing cards. In 1977, the catalog was moved to the State Library of North Carolina. Correspondence, policy statements, progress reports, minutes of the Advisory Committee, the 1972 finding aid to the microfilm edition of the catalog, and two studies of the catalog.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Union Catalog.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Library North Carolina Union Catalog of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40054, 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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These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

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The North Carolina Union Catalog (NCUC) was established in 1933 through the cooperative efforts of the University of North Carolina and Duke University. With initial funding of $12,500 from a General Education Board grant, the libraries of the two schools agreed to copy and exchange catalog cards for their holdings. In 1937 North Carolina State College began adding copies of its cards to the University of North Carolina file, and by 1957, the number of participants had grown to fifteen. The catalog was originally housed in the Reference Department of Wilson Library, but as it grew, it required its own separate area and staff. In 1977, the entire catalog was transferred from Chapel Hill to the state library in Raleigh.

The NCUC functioned as a tool for researchers and library users in North Carolina by providing "a complete record of the bibliographic resources of the libraries" in the state. Its primary purposes were to give greater access to books and materials held in these libraries, to serve as a verification tool for interlibrary loan departments, and to enable acquisitions departments to determine holdings in other libraries.

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Records include minutes of the meetings of the North Carolina Union Catalog Advisory Committee, correspondence and policy concerning additions to the catalog, the finding aid to the microfilm edition of the catalog, and two studies regarding the catalog.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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