North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives

a boat with fishermen on a beach

The North Carolina Collection, a department in the Academic Affairs Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, began the formal development of a photographic archive in 1929. Today the photographic holdings total an estimated four million images that include examples of all major formats from daguerreotype to digital.

The photographs are historically descriptive and documentary in nature. They provide a visual record of North Carolina’s people, places, and events. Images exist for all 100 of the state’s counties.  The photographic archives is also the major repository for historical images documenting the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.