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Archival Collections

The North Carolina Collection houses an ever-growing collection of Durham-related archival collections. These collections consist of unpublished materials from people and groups associated with Durham. The below alphabetical list links to the research guides for these materials. You can also search across archival collections here.

We are currently in the process of migrating these guides to a new system, ArchivesSpace. Some links go directly to the new system and others open PDFs of the old version of the guide. Physical locations listed in the PDFs are not current. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

We have many collections that have not yet been processed. These are not in the below A-Z list, but you can view their basic accession records here.

To view an item in the archival collection, contact the North Carolina Collection at 919-560-0171 or

A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – K – L – M – N – O – P – Q – R – S – T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z


African American Quilt Circle of Durham Records

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter Cotillion Programs and Other Materials

Jean Bradley Anderson Papers


Henry Bane Papers

“The Best of Enemies” movie poster

Bethesda Elementary School Photographs

MaryAnn Black Papers

Blacknall Family Scrapbooks, Ledgers, and Other Materials

Robert Blake Photographs

Bobbin and Shuttle Company Ledger

Logan Bockius Photographs

John P. Bond, III Papers

Lila Markham Brogden Papers

Brogden Middle School Records

Bus Brown Collection

R. Kelly Bryant Papers and Obituary Collection

George W. Burch Family Papers


Cornelio Campos Papers

Carolina Theatre Records

Carrington Middle School Records

Cedar Fork Baptist Church Records

Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Durham Records

Howard Clement III Papers

Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet School Records

Colclough, Bragg, and Carpenter Families Papers

E’Vonne Coleman Papers

Committee to Investigate the Durham Police Department in the Duke Lacrosse Case Records

Community Chest of Durham Newspaper Clippings

Cranford Family Papers

Crest Street Neighborhood Materials Related to Expressway Extension

Stephen M. Cruse Papers


Debutante Ball Society Records

Lois DeLoatch Papers

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Eta Chapter Records

Delta Sigma Theta, Durham Alumnae Debutante Ball Programs

Frank DePasquale Papers

DeShazor’s Beauty College Ephemera

Downtown Durham Protest Mural Photographs

Benjamin N. Duke Calling Card

Duke Power Company Bus Tokens

Duke Protest Newspaper Clippings

Durham Centennial Scrapbook

Durham City Council of Parent-Teacher Associations Scrapbooks

Durham City-County Charter Commission Records

Durham City-County Unification Records

Durham City Market Stall Renters’ Bonds

Durham Civic Association Membership Application Card

Durham Civic Center Proposal Speech

Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project Collection

Durham Council on Alcoholism Records

Durham County Department of Health Scrapbook and Other Materials

Durham County Extension Service Photographs

Durham County Government Slides and Photographs

Durham County Library Records

Durham County Library Association Records

Durham County Personal Property and Poll Tax Registers

Durham County Tax Notebook

Durham County Youth Home Records

Durham-Duke Club Records

Durham Elks Posters

Durham Health Council Records

Durham High School Class of 1906 Papers

Durham High School Class of 1916 Scrapbooks and Photographs

Durham High School Class of 1931 Photographs and Guest Book

Durham Historical Photograph Collection

Durham Hosiery Mill Advertisements and Postcard

Durham Interagency Roundtable Records

Durham Jaycees Records

Durham LGBTQ+ Community Collection

Durham Merchants’ Association Scrapbook

Durham-Orange County Medical Auxiliary Records

Durham-Orange County Medical Society Records

Durham People’s Alliance Records

Collection of Durham Real Estate Magazines

Durham School of the Arts Records

Durham Public Schools Collection – Detailed inventory

Durham Senior High School Vocal Ensemble Recital Program

Durham Sit-Ins Flyer

Durham Urban Renewal Records

Durham Voters Alliance Records


E. K. Powe Elementary School Records

East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association Records

Wells Eddleman Papers

Edgemont Community Slides

Mary Elliott Photographs

Eno River Association Mailings and Publications

Eno River Festival Photographic Negatives and Proofs

Eno Valley Elementary School Class Photographs and Publication


Mary Reamey Thomas Few and Randolph Few Family Papers

Foushee Family Papers

Friday Morning Music Study Club Records

Friends of the Durham Library Records

Friends of West Point Records

Fuller School PTA Scrapbooks


Steve Gaddis Photographs

Golden Belt Manufacturing Company Ledger and Aerial Photograph

Saundra Gooch Scrapbook

Gorman Family Papers

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Records

Gregory Real Estate Company Photographs

Ernie Greup Papers

Wib Gulley Papers


Halcyon Club Records

Louise Hall Slides

Harris Family Papers

Theodore S. and Maude Heflin Papers

Becky Heron Papers

Hillandale Elementary School Records

History of the Arts in Durham Records

Judy Hogan Papers

Irwin Holmes Papers

Hope Valley Country Club Records

Hope Valley Elementary School Records


James Iredell Permission Pass


James E. Shepard Magnet Middle School Records


Sylvia Kerckhoff Papers

King’s Daughters Sara Barker Circle Records

King’s Daughters Sheltering Home Circle Records


Lakewood Park Community Association Records

William Lee Papers

K.P. Lewis Statement

Z.E. Lewis Letter

Little River Elementary School Photographs

Lucas Middle School Records


Wade Baldwin MacDonald Papers

Shirley Jones Mallard Genealogical Papers

Mangum and Latta Family Papers

Mangum Elementary School Records

A.B. Markham Genealogical Correspondence and Land Grant Notebooks

Charles Markham Family Papers

Merchants and Manufacturers Exposition Program

Emily Norwood Michie Genealogical Papers

Middle College High School Commencement Programs and Other Materials

Eugene Morehead Memorial Address

Morehead Montessori Magnet Elementary School records

William H. Murdock Papers


National Council of Negro Women – Durham Section Records

Negro Braille Magazine Records and Constance Merrick Watts Papers

Neighborhood Housing Services of Durham Records

Dallas W. Newsom and Dorothy Newsom Rankin Family Papers and Durham Ephemera Collection

Walter Cheek Newton Papers

North Carolina Authors Scrapbooks

Northern High School Records


Oak Grove Elementary School Records

Old North Durham Architecture Slides

Old North Durham Neighborhood Association Records

Old West Durham Neighborhood Association Records

Orange County Account Ledger and Other Materials

Louis Orr Etchings


Parker Family Papers

Parkwood Elementary School Photographs, Scrapbooks, and Other Materials

Pearl Cotton Mills Financial Records

Norman Pendergraft Papers

Frankie Perry Scrapbook and Other Materials

O. Gordon Perry Photographs and Clippings

Pleasant Pickett Family Papers

Pocket Theatre Records

Thomas Watson Poe Campaign Materials and Genealogical Notes

Pope Family Papers

Helen D. Pratt Papers

Jack Preiss Papers

Preservation Durham Records

The PRIDE of Durham Collection

George Pyne Papers

Milo Pyne Papers


R.N. Harris Magnet Elementary School Audiovisual Media and Other Materials

Rawls Family Genealogical Papers

Red Cross Durham Photographs and Chapter Histories

Bobbie K. Reddick Funeral Program Collection

The Regulator Bookshop Records

Grace Parham Rhodes Photographs

Clarence Dixon Rigsbee Family Papers

Riverside High School Records

Elizabeth Parker Roberts Scrapbooks

Sidney E. Rochelle Photographs

Maude Rogers Papers

Ralph Rogers Slides

Rogers-Herr Middle School Records

Steed and Mozette Rollins Family Papers

Rose Brothers Engineers Letter

Vivian Carr Rowe Scrapbook

Anne Ruffin Family Correspondence

Hildegard Ryals Papers


Yusuf Salim Collection

Scarboro’s Grocery Receipt

John Schelp Papers and Postcards

Steve Schewel Papers

Evelyn Schmidt Papers

Lina Scott Family Photographs and Genealogical Papers

Mary Semans Telegram

Sherwood Githens Middle School Newsletters, Pamphlets, and Handbooks

Charles W. Smith Property Appraisals

Southern Conservatory of Music Records

Southern High School Records

Southern Living Photographs

James Southgate Portrait Presentation

Southwest Elementary School Class Photographs

Asa T. Spaulding Collection

Sprinkle-Stanley Architectural Drawings

Billy Stevens Papers

Alvis Hatchett Stokes Papers

The Study Club Records

E.S. Swindell Papers


Lela Stone Taylor Papers

Nathan Thomas Local Elections Materials

Burnis H. Thornton Photographs and Other Materials

Three Arts Records

Mrs. S.F. Tomlinson Death Notices

Clinton W. Toms Scrapbook

Triangle Jewish Chorale Records

Triangle Land Conservancy Records

Trinity College Class of 1907 Album

Tuesday Morning Study Group Records

Walter N. Turner Land Records

Twaddell Music School Records

Tyson Family Papers


Umstead Family Genealogical Materials and Bank Receipts

United Daughters of the Confederacy–Julian S. Carr Chapter Scrapbooks and Other Materials

United Fund Records

Steven Unruhe Papers

Up-To-Date Club Records

USO Club Scrapbook


Andre Vann Collection of Selena Warren Wheeler Photographs and Funeral Program

Violet Park Cemetery Burial Records and Other Materials


Walk and Talk Club Records

Mamie Dowd Walker Scrapbook

Laura Valinda Watts Memorial Program

Bailey Daniel Webb Papers

William Franklin Warren Slides Depicting Durham City Schools

Thomas Whaley Family Papers

Willis Whichard Image Collection

Ernest R. Williamson Papers

Carol Wills Journals

Thomas Womble Papers

Women’s Clubs of Durham Collection

Woodcroft Women’s Club Records

World War I 113th Field Artillery Battery C Roster