Get to know Carolina history through virtual tours

August 16, 2023

Want to learn more about the nation’s first public university? Whether you’re mapping out campus for the first time or diving deeper into everything Carolina, the Library’s virtual tours can show you the way. 

Use the tours as a guide while you explore campus at your own pace or immerse yourself in campus history from the comfort of home. You’ll learn about the people who shaped Carolina history and get to know more about significant spaces on campus. Each tour offers a unique perspective – pick one or explore them all. 

The Black and Carolina Blue Tour 

Learn about Black life and history with this iconic UNC-Chapel Hill experience. Initially developed by Carolina students as part of an African American Studies course, this tour has introduced students and visitors to local histories of slavery, racism, memorialization and activism for more than 20 years. In 2023, the University Libraries revised and expanded the self-guided version of the tour, ensuring it remains accurate and accessible. 

Climbing The Hill: Women in the History of UNC 

Explore women’s history at Carolina through the spaces in which it took place. Originally curated by students in a Carolina history course, the tour explores women’s experiences as students, workers and community members on campus as they were shaped by race, class, age and sexuality. Scroll through the photo and document galleries and then follow the links within to learn more.  

Queerolina: Experiences of Place and Space Through Oral Histories 

Hear about queer life at Carolina in the words of those who have lived it. Queerolina collects oral histories of LGBTQIA+ students and links them to a map of campus. As you explore each space, the associated stories will highlight how LGBTQIA+ people are – and always have been – part of Carolina’s history.