M. Durwood Barbour, a white postcard collector, resident of Raleigh, N.C., and a member of the 1952 class of the University of North Carolina, became interested in picture postcards as an offshoot from his hobby of collecting North Carolina bank notes and his appreciation for early photographic images of the state. Over the course of twenty-four years Barbour accumulated a collection of over 7,800 picture postcards. The Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards contains nearly 8,000 picture postcards collected by M. Durwood Barbour, 1950s-1980s. Included are views of almost every town and city in North Carolina. There are also postcards depicting scenes related to African American history, parades and public gatherings, agriculture and industry, military history, scenic views, public buildings such as courthouses and railroad stations, and disasters such as fires, floods, and train wrecks. Also included are real photo postcards created by North Carolina photographers Thomas R. Draper in Beaufort County, N.C., E.C. Eddy in Southern Pines, N.C., sisters Edith Felch and Dora Felch in Sanford, N.C., M. B. Gowdy in Carteret County, N.C., J. J. Hitchcock and Walter Holladay in Durham, N.C., Frank Marchant in Hamlet, N.C., D. Victor Meekins in Dare County, N.C., John E. Spencer in Rockingham, N.C., H. Lee Waters in Lexington, N.C., and Bayard Wootten in New Bern N.C. The collection also includes printed postcards produced by several of the most widely known companies of the period, including the Albertype Company, the American News Company, the Artvue Post Card Company, the Asheville Post Card Company, the Auburn Greeting Card Company, the Commercial Colortype Company, the Curt Teich Company, the Dexter Press, the E.C. Kropp Company, the Ess and Ess Company, the Graycraft Card Company, the Hugh Leighton Company, the Illustrated Post Card Company, the Indianapolis Post Card Company, the PCK Series, Raphael Tuck & Sons, the Rotograph Company, Tichnor Brothers, the Valentine Post Card Company, and the W.M. Cline Company. The Addition of 2007 is an audio recording of an interview of Barbour by Fred Wasser concerning the donation and related exhibit of his postcard collection at the North Carolina Collection.