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Collection Number: P0085

Collection Title: North Carolina Collection Image Reference Cards, 1839-1990

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Size 11 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 9,000 items)
Abstract Image reference cards relate to frequently requested, popular, and important images from the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, the North Carolina Collection, and a few private collections not held in Wilson Library Special Collections. They were compiled by members of the North Carolina Collection reference staff starting in 1970 and ending in 1990. The collection consists of cards containing reference copies of selected images, chiefly 1839-1980, and information related to content and origination of each image. Most of the items come from collections in the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives and the North Carolina Collection. Each index card includes information about a copy negative made of a photograph or printed item. Most cards also include a contact print of the image, as well as the approximate date, subject, photographer or source, and some indication of provenance. The images are in four alphabetical runs: North Carolina counties; portraits; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; miscellaneous subjects; and printed items, which include reproductions of book covers, book title pages, maps, pamphlets, engravings, newspapers, and journals.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Restrictions to Use
No image in this collection may be reproduced without the permission and consent of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the North Carolina Collection Image Reference Cards #P0085, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Compiled over a period of decades primarily originating from from materials within the North Carolina Collection.
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.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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Reference personnel in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill began indexing small reference copies of frequently requested images from the North Carolina Collection in the early 1970s. Over a period of approximately 15 years, the reference images were placed on index cards with information related to the origination and content of the original materials. The cards provided patrons and reference personnel of the North Carolina Collection with a quick way of finding relevant images. As the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives grew and electronic access to collection information became more prevalent, this practice declined and the collection was no longer being added to by 1990.

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The collection is a compilation of images and information from other collections in the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, the North Carolina Collection, and a few private collections not held in Wilson Library Special Collections. Each index card includes information about a copy negative made of a photograph or a printed item. Most cards also include a contact print of the image, the approximate date of the original, subject information, photographer or source of the image, and information related to the provenance of the original material.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s.

Approximately 3600 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by location (county), subject/location within county.

The images in this series appear to have originated mostly from the North Carolina County Collection (P0001), but are supplemented by images from other collections, including the Mary Grace Canfield Collection (P0042). Most of the cards include a contact print of the image, location, subject, approximate date, copy negative number, source or photographer information, and information related to provenance. Original materials depicted in this series date circa 1839-1980s.

Box 0001

Alamance County through Carteret County #P0085, Series: "1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s." Box 0001

Box 0002

Caswell County through Columbus County #P0085, Series: "1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s." Box 0002

Box 0003

Craven County through Duplin County #P0085, Series: "1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s." Box 0003

Box 0004

Durham County through Hyde County #P0085, Series: "1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s." Box 0004

Box 0005

Iredell County through Montgomery County #P0085, Series: "1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s." Box 0005

Box 0006

Moore County through Rockingham County, NOT Orange County #P0085, Series: "1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s." Box 0006

Box 0007

Orange County #P0085, Series: "1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s." Box 0007

Box 0008

Rowan County through Vance County #P0085, Series: "1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s." Box 0008

Box 0009

Wake County through Yancey County #P0085, Series: "1. North Carolina Counties, 1839-1980s." Box 0009

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Approximately 2400 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by surname.

The images in this series appear to have originated mostly from the Portrait Collection (P0002), but are supplemented by images from other collections. Images may be of engravings or illustrations rather than photographs. Most of the cards include a contact print of the image, the subject's name, contextual information, approximate date, copy negative number, source or photographer information, and information related to provenance. Original materials depicted in this series date circa 1839-1980s.

Box 0010

A through B #P0085, Series: "2. Portraits, 1839-1980s." Box 0010

Box 0011

C through E #P0085, Series: "2. Portraits, 1839-1980s." Box 0011

Box 0012

F through H #P0085, Series: "2. Portraits, 1839-1980s." Box 0012

Box 0013

I through Morgan #P0085, Series: "2. Portraits, 1839-1980s." Box 0013

Box 0014

Morris through Sloop #P0085, Series: "2. Portraits, 1839-1980s." Box 0014

Box 0015

Smith through Z #P0085, Series: "2. Portraits, 1839-1980s." Box 0015

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Approximately 2000 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by subject.

The images in this series appear to have originated mostly from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Collection (P0004), but are supplemented by images from other collections. Most of the cards include a contact print of the image, information related to subject, approximate date, copy negative number, source or photographer information, and information related to provenance. Original materials depicted in this series date circa 1839-1980s.

Box 0016

Alumni through Buildings and Grounds: Carmichael Auditorium #P0085, Series: "3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1839-1980s." Box 0016

Box 0017

Buildings and Grounds: Carolina Inn through Buildings and Grounds: Monuments #P0085, Series: "3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1839-1980s." Box 0017

Box 0018

Buildings and Grounds: Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower through Buildings and Grounds: South Building #P0085, Series: "3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1839-1980s." Box 0018

Box 0019

Buildings and Grounds: Spence Hall through Organizations #P0085, Series: "3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1839-1980s." Box 0019

Box 0020

Personnel through Students #P0085, Series: "3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1839-1980s." Box 0020

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Approximately 1750 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by subject.

The images in this series appear to have originated mostly from the Miscellaneous Subject Collection (P0003), but are supplemented by images from other collections. Images may also be of engravings or illustrations rather than photographs. Most of the cards include a contact print of the image, information related to subject, approximate date, copy negative number, source or photographer information, and information related to provenance. Some of this information may be missing on individual cards. Original box labels have been transcribed as found.

Box 0021

"Agriculture" through "Civil War: Naval Operations" #P0085, Series: "4. Subjects (Miscellaneous), 1839-1980s." Box 0021

Box 0022

"Civil War: Negroes" through "Indians" #P0085, Series: "4. Subjects (Miscellaneous), 1839-1980s." Box 0022

Box 0023

"Intercoastal Waterways" through "Potatoes" #P0085, Series: "4. Subjects (Miscellaneous), 1839-1980s." Box 0023

Box 0024

"Pottery" through "Whig Party" #P0085, Series: "4. Subjects (Miscellaneous), 1839-1980s." Box 0024

Box 0025

"White, John Drawings" through "World War II" #P0085, Series: "4. Subjects (Miscellaneous), 1839-1980s." Box 0025

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Approximately 400 items.

Arrangement: By original format (loosely).

The images in this series appear to be copies of items in the North Carolina Collection and various collections within the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives. Original printed items include book covers and title pages, maps, pamphlets, engravings, newspapers, and journals. Index cards have been loosely grouped according to original formats.

Box 0026

Printed Items #P0085, Series: "5. Printed Items." Box 0026

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Processing Information

Processed by: Tracy M. Jackson,

Encoded by: Tracy M. Jackson, November 2010

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