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Durham-Related Websites

Cemetery Census
Cemetery Census is a strictly volunteer effort to record the burials in local family, religious, and municipal cemeteries—a  labor of love by the many volunteers who collect, record, photograph, and make available these resources.  Allen Dew is the originator and driving force behind Cemetery Census.

Digital Durham
The Digital Durham web site offers students, teachers, and researchers a wide range of sources (many primary) including letters, store ledgers, photographs, book excerpts, and more that can be used to investigate Durham’s post-bellum economic, social, cultural, and political history.

Durham Urban Renewal Records
These records—part of “DigitalNC”—document the plans for the urban redevelopment of Durham in the 1960s and 1970s. Created in 1958, the Durham Redevelopment Commission oversaw seven projects of urban renewal aimed at combating “urban blight,” one in Durham’s downtown and the other six in historically black neighborhoods including Hayti and Northeast Central Durham.

Dividing Durham: HOLC’s Survey of the Bull City
Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) made low-interest mortgages to homeowners threatened by the dramatic increase in foreclosures resulting from the Depression. In 1935, HOLC began its City Survey Program which appraised real estate in urban areas; HOLC staff in partnership with local real estate brokers “produced detailed reports for each city along with a series of now infamous maps that assigned residential areas a grade from one to four.” This project examines the HOLC survey of Durham in 1937 and applies it to the Main Street Carolina software, which overlays a georeferenced version of the Durham City Survey Map over Google Maps.

Downtown Durham, Inc.
DDI, Inc. is a 501 (c) 6 organization formed in 1993, with a mission to create an environment for private development in downtown Durham. The site leads users to services, space for sale and rent, shopping, food, and entertainment.

Durham City/County Planning Department
The Durham City-County Planning Department is the agency that develops long-range and special area plans that direct city and county growth. The site leads users to planning-related ordinances, boards and commissions (including the Historic Preservation Commission), zoning and development information and more.

Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau
This official Durham site includes comprehensive information for Durham visitors, newcomers, journalists, meeting planners and others as well as portals to other Durham-related sites.

Museum of Durham History
The mission of the Museum of Durham History is to serve Durham residents and visitors by presenting Durham’s history and encouraging research, interpretation, and appreciation.

Old West Durham Neighborhood AssociationThe Old West Durham Neighborhood Association, whose motto is “Diversity, Harmony, Community”, was founded in 1995 to renew community development in the neighborhood (roughly located between Broad Street, the Durham Freeway, and Club Boulevard) and the celebration of its place in Durham’s history.

Open Durham
This site is a treasure trove of information about land use, history, architecture, and sustainable development in Durham.

Preservation Durham
Preservation Durham’s mission is to protect Durham’s historic assets through action, advocacy and education. Find out about events, endangered properties, local and national historic districts, and more through this site.