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Includes collections in the Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Rare Book Literary & Historical Papers, University Archives, and North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.


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What’s A Finding Aid?
Each collection has a Finding Aid that gives details about that collection. The Finding Aids on this website describe collections held on-site at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. A Finding Aid can usually tell you:

  • The number of items in the collection and their date range
  • The type of materials in the collection (photographs, papers, audio recordings, etc.)
  • How to cite the collection in a paper, project, or publication
  • Who gave us the collection and when
  • Any restrictions on viewing, using, or copying materials
  • Whether any items are digitized and available online

Please note that Finding Aids rarely describe individual items in a collection. Instead of listing “Receipt dated 4/6/1789 for 4 lbs of molasses,” you will likely see “Box 24: Receipts, 1785-1790,” and know to start your search there.

Our Finding Aids vary in their depth and detail. We sometimes have additional information about a collection that is not listed online. If you have further questions about a collection, please contact us.


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(Includes online finding aids, library web pages, online exhibits, and other pages for the Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, and University Archives and Records Management Services.)