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Collection Number: 05297

Collection Title: RTPnet Records, 1989-2005

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 section for more information.


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Size 5.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4,200 items)
Abstract RTPnet is an online community network for the Research Triangle Park area (including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and surrounding towns) of North Carolina. It is a volunteer-driven, membership-based service of Public Information Network Inc., previously known as Triangle Free-Net, and is dedicated to helping North Carolina nonprofit organizations leverage Internet tools to promote and support their missions. The collection documents the organizational progress, 1989-2005, of RTPnet. Included in the chronological files are drafts of policies, meeting agendas and minutes, organizational charts, user guides, materials related to RTPnet publications, conference materials, project descriptions, correspondence regarding requests for public access terminals at the Chapel Hill Public Library, quarterly status reports to Orange County, financial information, grant proposals, and Community Networking newsletters, among other items. Clippings and copies of local news articles and other publications from the 1990s that discuss affordable Internet access and its potential benefits, the emergence of electronic democracy, and other technology issues are also included. Subject folders contain tax information, user guides, certificates, bylaws, attendee lists, evaluation forms, emails, and other items. Other materials include correspondence between RTPnet and individuals and groups that used RTPnet's Internet services and disk space and a videotape, "Community Computing: If it plays in Peoria ...," which describes the Heartland Free-Net of Peoria, Ill., one of the largest freenets of the early 1990s.
Creator RTPnet.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the RTPnet Papers #5297, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Judith Hallman of Chapel Hill, N.C., in September 2006 (Acc. 100514)
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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RTPnet is an online community network for the Research Triangle Park area (including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and surrounding towns) of North Carolina. It is a volunteer-driven, membership-based service of Public Information Network Inc., which is dedicated to helping North Carolina nonprofit organizations leverage Internet tools to promote and support their missions. Public Information Network Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation incorporated in August 1990, doing business as RTPnet, and previously known as Triangle Free-Net.

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The collection documents the organizational progress, 1989-2005, of RTPnet, an online community network for the Research Triangle Park, N.C. Included in the chronological files are drafts of policies, meeting agendas and minutes, organizational charts, user guides, materials related to RTPnet publications, conference materials, project descriptions, correspondence regarding requests for public access terminals at the Chapel Hill Public Library, quarterly status reports to Orange County, financial information, grant proposals, and Community Networking newsletters, among other items. Clippings and copies of local news articles and other publications from the 1990s that discuss affordable Internet access and its potential benefits, the emergence of electronic democracy, and other technology issues are also included. Subject folders contain tax information, user guides, certificates, bylaws, attendee lists, evaluation forms, emails, and other items. Other materials include correspondence between RTPnet and individuals and groups that used RTPnet's Internet services and disk space and a videotape, "Community Computing: If it plays in Peoria ...," which describes the Heartland Free-Net of Peoria, Ill., one of the largest freenets of the early 1990s.

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Contents list

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About 3600 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Includes drafts of policies, mission statements, and bylaws, meeting agendas and minutes, organizational charts, user guides, materials related to RTPnet publications, conference materials, project descriptions, volunteer management, correspondence regarding requests for public access terminals at the Chapel Hill Public Library, quarterly status reports to Orange County, financial information, grant proposals, and Community Networking newsletters, among other items. Clippings and copies of local news articles are included from the early 1990s which discuss affordable Internet access and its potential benefits throughout society, emergence of electronic democracy, and other technology issues.

Folder 1

1989 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 1

Folder 2-4

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

1990 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 2-4

Folder 5-7

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

1991 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 5-7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1992 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 8-9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

1993 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 10-11

Folder 12-16

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

1994 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 12-16

Folder 17-22

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

1995 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 17-22

Folder 23-25

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

1996 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 23-25

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

1997 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 26-27

Folder 28-30

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

1998 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 28-30

Folder 31-32

Folder 31

Folder 32

1999 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 31-32

Folder 33-34

Folder 33

Folder 34

2000 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 33-34

Folder 35-42

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

2001 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 35-42

Folder 43-49

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

2002 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 43-49

Folder 50-54

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

2003 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 50-54

Folder 55-59

Folder 55

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

2004 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 55-59

Folder 60-63

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

Folder 63

2005 #05297, Series: "1. Chronological Office Files, 1989-2005." Folder 60-63

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Files kept by the organization in separate subject folders contain tax information, user guides, certificates, bylaws, attendee lists, evaluation forms, emails, and other materials. Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 64

Attendee Lists #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 64

Birchwood Learning Center #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 64

Bylaws #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 64

Certificates #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 64

Community Technology Center net #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 64

Folder 65

E-mail #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 65

Evaluation forms #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 65

Exploring RTPnet #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 65

Exploring the internet #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 65

Folder 66

Getting started using a computer #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 66

Forums #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 66

WWW Board #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 66

Folder 67

File Management #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 67

Job hunting online #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 67

National Public Telecomputing Network #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 67

Folder 68

Public terminals #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 68

Students engaged in technology #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 68

Folder 69

Tax forms #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 69

Folder 70

Training #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 70

Web #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 70

Word processing #05297, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1989-2005." Folder 70

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About 300 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Contains correspondence between RTPnet and individuals and groups who utilized RTPnet's Internet services and disk space. Also included is a videotape, "Community Computing: If it plays in Peoria ...," which describes the Heartland Free-Net. Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 71

Old Users (A-C) #05297, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1989-2005." Folder 71

Folder 72

Old Users (D-G) #05297, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1989-2005." Folder 72

Folder 73

Old Users (H-M) #05297, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1989-2005." Folder 73

Folder 74

Old Users (N-Q) #05297, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1989-2005." Folder 74

Folder 75

Old Users (R-S) #05297, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1989-2005." Folder 75

Folder 76

Old Users (T-Y) #05297, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1989-2005." Folder 76

Videotape VT-5297/1

"Community Computing: If it plays in Peoria ...," (14:28) from the National Public Telecomputing Network, 1991. #05297, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1989-2005." VT-5297/1

Describes Heartland Free-Net of Peoria, Ill., one of the largest freenets of the early 1990s.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jessica Sedgwick, November 2006

Encoded by: Jessica Sedgwick, November 2006

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