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About the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives

The North Carolina Collection, a department in the Academic Affairs Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, began the formal development of a photographic archive in 1929. Today the photographic holdings total an estimated 1.5 million images that include examples of all major formats from the daguerreotype of the 1840s to the contemporary. The photographs are historically descriptive and documentary in nature. They provide a visual record of North Carolina's people, places, and events. Files 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.

The North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives preserves the work of amateur and professional photographers alike, including the collections listed below.