Special Collections

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Special Collections serves the research needs of UNCW students and faculty, as well as the wider community, by acquiring, preserving and providing access to books and archival materials that describe the history and culture of Southeast North Carolina.

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University Archives

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University Archives collects official records of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) as well as other items related to the history of Wilmington College and the University. We provide access to these materials in accordance with the General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule for the University of North Carolina System. 

Digital Collections

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Our digital collections are the product of collaborative projects within the library, the university, and the wider community. They include digitized artifacts, art, diaries, letters, newspapers, photographs, oral histories, and reports. These collections focus on the history of the University of North Carolina Wilmington as well as the history of Southeast North Carolina and the Lower Cape Fear Region.

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Randall Library, 2nd Floor, Room 2042

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(910) 962-7810


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Updates from Special Collections & University Archives

UNCW Faculty, Staff, Administrators--Choose from four convenient workshops, including virtual. No Registration, See You There!

Special Collections Public History practicum student Tess Will shares her progress and what she's learned so far.

Please meet our Special Collections Practicum Student, Tess Will, a graduate student in UNCW's Public History program. During the course of this spring practicum, Tess will build upon what she's already learned in Special Collections to further expand her archival knowledge and collection processing experience. We are so glad she's here!