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Collecting Policy for the Southern Historical Collection

Journalists and Journalism

Collecting History

Journalism holdings developed early in the SHC's history, growing from associations between prominent journalists and the University. Collections have been acquired from many places throughout the South, but especially from journalists with strong ties to UNC. The Daniels family, for example, long-time publishers of the Raleigh News & Observer, has generations of UNC ties and the SHC holds several related collections. The UNC School of Journalism's growth to national prominence spurred further collection growth in this area.

Current Collecting

The SHC collects the papers of journalists who have contributed significantly to reporting on the South and prominent journalists who have connections with the University and whose scope has been more national or international. The SHC also collects the records of southern newspapers or other news organizations, especially those that have made important contributions to southern communities. Collections of interest will include substantive primary source materials, such as correspondence relating to news reporting and newspaper production, and significant documentation of stories beyond what has been published. The SHC does not collect runs of newspapers.