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To view the items listed, you will need to visit the North Carolina Collection or, if you do not live in Durham County, follow the Request Materials guidelines.

Papers of Local Individuals and Organizations
The North Carolina Collection is home to over 150 collections of papers, including such treasures as 2000-plus African-American funeral programs, the diary of imprisoned Civil War Captain John C. Gorman, photos and papers documenting Durham’s urban renewal program, and extensive materials from Jean Anderson, the woman who wrote the book on Durham County history.

Biography File of Durham Citizens
A file of newspaper clippings and other materials about Durhamites past and present.

Maps and Plans
Find all kinds of maps—street and road, land planning and land use, historic, aerials, and more, as well as plans for city and county facilities, homes, churches, and commercial buildings.

Subject Files
A file of newspaper clippings and other materials about various subjects as they apply to Durham, such as arts and artists, Watts Hospital, traffic accidents, schools and the YWCA.

Newspapers, Newsletters, & Periodicals
The North Carolina Collection has current and/or back issues of a number of Durham and North Carolina-related periodicals.

Guides for conducting genealogy and family research including online resources as well as resources in the North Carolina Collection.

External Resources
Links to online resources on Durham and North Carolina history at other libraries and institutions.