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North Carolina Collection Honors Donors of Materials

Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection seeks out and makes available materials that no other institution in the world has. The collection 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.

On Sunday, November 10, the collection held a reception recognizing donors from the past five years. From the scrapbooks of Irwin Holmes, first black athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, to the papers of Becky Heron, long-time county commissioner, attendees learned about some of the “hidden treasures” of the Collection and met the people who donated them.

For a list of all items in the North Carolina Collection visit

If you would be interested in donating materials to the North Carolina Collection, please contact NCC librarian Lynn Richardson at 919-560-0171 or

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