The Diary of Nicholas W. Schenck

Nicholas W. Schenck's (1830-1916) diary was written around 1905 and recalls Wilmington before and after  the civil war. The transcribed diary is 138 pages and features several hand-drawn maps.


World War II: Through the Eyes of the Cape Fear

Art, maps, photographs of artifacts and interview transcripts document the important role the Cape Fear region's people played in the Second World War.

Montford Point Marines

Our online collection contains photographs, interview transcripts from over sixty interviews conducted with Montford Point veterans and other artifacts from the Montford Point Marines. You'll get a sense of the importance of the role that these men played in both Marine Corps and American history.

Cape Fear Surfing Archive

The Cape Fear Surfing Archive was created in 2002 and is a subset of Special Collections at UNCW’s Randall Library. The archive’s collections focus primarily on preserving the heritage of surfing along North Carolina’s southeastern coast although some materials reflect surfing history at the regional, national, or international level.

1898 Foundation

This is the archived website of the 1898 Foundation, formed to commemorate the events of 1898 in its centennial year, and make their significance known, with the overall goal of improving racial relations in the community.

Centuries of Service: Military Chaplains

This site both celebrates and illuminates the history of the US Military Chaplains. This site contains: transcriptions of interviews with Chaplains; numerous histories in searchable full-text digital format; bibliography to print and electronic sources; and links to associated websites.

Digital Collections

Our Digital Collections include a wide variety of digitized art and documents. Much of it can be accessed through our searchable Digital Collections website. Other collections have their own websites shown below.

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About Special Collections

Access to Special Collections is by appointment only.


Please contact Rebecca Baugnon:



MapUNCW Randall Library
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC

Second floor, Room 2042

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William Madison Randall Library Special Collections, located at the west end of the second floor, contains rare books, manuscripts, and other materials that have special historical significance for the Lower Cape Fear Region. Special Collections include the following:

University Archives

Open by Appointment.

Room 2008

UNCW Randall Library
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC

Second floor, Room 2008

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University Archivist

Adina Riggins

University Archives Specialist

Nina Herzog

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.