University Archives Mission

University Archives serves as the repository for official records of all divisions of the University of North Carolina Wilmington as well as other items related to the history of the University. We collect, preserve, arrange, describe, and make available these materials in accordance with the Records Retention and Dispositions Schedule for Institutions of the University of North Carolina System.

Collecting Areas

University Archives contains and collects the following types of material related to the history and work of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, including

  • meeting minutes
  • contracts, resolutions, and legal materials
  • planning documents
  • theses and dissertation
  • newspapers
  • correspondence
  • photographs
  • art and posters
  • objects, clothing, textiles
  • maps and architectural plans
  • audiovisual materials
  • publications of the University and its various offices
  • oral histories 

Finding Information in University Archives 

Contact ArCHIVES 

At any point in your research, contact us for assistance.

Digital Collections

Randall Library offers a variety of digital collections such as university yearbooks, student newspapers, and the Board of Trustees minutes, all of which are freely accessible from your PC or mobile device. 

UNIVERSITY Archives and Special Collections Database

The University Archives and Special Collections Database contains finding aids to collections, including box inventories and descriptions of materials. Cite items of interest, and make an appointment with the Archivist to visit.

Brief citations will help when you visit Archives. If you are not sure, bring your research questions or topics.

Brief citation from University Archives and Special Collections Database 

Search archival and non-archival library resources from Library Home.

Contact ArCHIVES 

At any point, contact us for assistance.

Policies and Procedures for Visitors

Archival materials require special handling and care. Archives collections do not circulate and cannot be removed from Archives. Appointments to conduct research are strongly encouraged. Contact archives. Photocopying and digitization services are carried out in accordance with U.S. and International Copyright laws and treaties. Photocopying and digitization requests may be denied if materials are fragile.

No food or drink allowed in Archives.

No pens. Pencils and phones/cameras are permitted. You may bring take photographs unless the material is fragile or restricted.

Upon arrival, complete a registration form and show picture ID. 

Do not use your personal belongings while conducting research in Archives.