Donating Materials

The North Carolina Collection at the Durham County Library has many, many items and saves and preserves materials donated by local individuals and organizations. These materials usually take the form of photographs or papers of individuals and organizations. All kinds of people use these materials—university faculty and students researching Durham history, genealogists tracing their ancestors, architectural historians and private individuals researching historic houses and buildings, children doing school projects, and others.

Please think about what materials you might pass on to the North Carolina Collection to enhance the study of Durham city and county’s history and culture.

Benefits of Donating Materials to the North Carolina Collection:

  1. Materials will be processed, on the shelf, and ready for use within a year. This is an exceptional turn-around time.
  2. We will do a recorded interview with you related to your life and work.
  3. Materials will be selected for a display highlighting some of the significant items you have donated.
  4. Especially significant items will be scanned and made available on the computer so that people living elsewhere will have access to them.
  5. You will be invited to participate in a reception recognizing people who have donated their papers to the NC Collection.

To discuss a donation of materials to the Collection, contact:

Lynn Richardson, librarian
North Carolina Collection
Durham County Library
300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27701
lrichard@durhamcountync.gov
(919) 560-0171

Donors of some of the nearly 100 collections of papers in the NC Collection include:

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Jean Anderson
R. Kelly Bryant
Durham-Orange County Medical Society
Durham People’s Alliance
Durham Public Schools
Harvey Estes, M.D.
Howard Fitts
Sylvia Kerckhoff
Charles Markham
National Council of Negro Women
Billy Olive
Dr. Benjamin E. Powell
Helen Pratt
Preservation Durham
Milo Pyne
Battle Rankin Robinson
Ralph Rogers
Hildegard Ryals
John Schelp
Asa Spaulding
Doris Stanley
Bill Stokes
The Study Club
Tuesday Morning Study Club
Eileen Watts Welch