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UNCW Archives is proud to present the UNCW Board of Trustees Digital Collection

You may search across Meeting Minutes, browse by date, and read online. You may also download each meeting to pdf.

We are excited that these vital documents are now available worldwide, from anyone's desktop or mobile device. These primary sources serve as a gateway to the university's history while documenting the governing role of the Board of Trustees.

UNCW Archives had a two-part strategy to digitizing these volumes. For the minutes beginning in 1983, every page was scanned in Archives, reformatted and assembled into pdfs, made full-text, keyword-searchable, and lastly input into a searchable database powered by ContentDM.

The pre-1983 minutes were scanned from microfilm by an outside vendor. Although the original paper documents are also in Archives, we elected to digitize from archival microfilm at a significant cost and time savings. UNCW Archives staff members and volunteers uploaded the pre-1983 minutes to the ContentDM database and providing cataloging information to enhance searchability.

Thank you to the Office of the Chancellor for their support, University Librarian Sarah Barbara Watstein, Randall Library Systems and Laura Wiegand, the student assistants in Archives, and to Ty Rowell, who has volunteered for this project since its inception last August.


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UNCW has participated in an exciting project to digitize historical and current publications about the university. This project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program making digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country.

Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, items were scanned from cover-to-cover and in full color. You can choose from a variety of formats: page through a book by choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF or Kindle file, or search the full text version.

UNCW also partnered with the NC Digital Heritage Center on mass digitization. The center digitized UNCW yearbooks and published them on the Internet Archive. 

To view and search these collections, simply visit Internet Archives: UNCW Collection, also linked from Digital Collections and the Randall Library A-Z E-resources list.

The most frequently viewed book in the digital collection is UNCW Magazine (1990-1995). It has been downloaded more than 1,000 times since it went online in June 2011.

Here are the major titles available. All are non-fiction. Most are published by UNCW and/or are about UNCW; some are references of regional and statewide historical interest.

Campus Communique: Official Bulletin of UNCW (1970-2004)

Weekly newsletter for UNC Wilmington employees

Fledgling UNCW Yearbook (1950-1989)

All existing copies of UNCW's yearbook.

From These Beginnings: Wilmington College 1946-1969 by J. Marshall Crews

A history of Wilmington College through 1969, when the college entered the University of North Carolina system and became University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The Multicampus University Comes of Age, 1956-1986 by Arnold K. King

A history of the UNC System by the namesake of UNCW's King Hall. This administrative history covers a momentous time in twentieth-century NC politics, including the expansion of the UNC system to include UNC Wilmington in 1969, the Speaker Ban law, and the system's elimination of "racial duality."

Pea Ridge, 1919-1931: My Childhood Memories in the West Tennessee Country by J. Marshall Crews

The late J. Marshall Crews, a UNCW faculty member and administrator, wrote this memoir about growing up in rural Tennessee.

Register of Deaths and Burials--Bellevue Cemetery Company: July 1876-May 1988, Volume A. Alphabetical Listing of Names. Volume B. Listing of Burials by Cemetery

A reference book about Bellevue Cemetery in Wilmington, NC, this resource for genealogists and historians of regional and local history was published by UNCW Randall Library in 1999.

SACS Self-Study Accreditation Reports (1982, 1992, 2002)

Prepared by UNCW for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

UNCW Undergraduate and Graduate Course Catalogs (1947-Present)

In addition to course descriptions and requirements for majors, the catalog includes biographies of the institution’s leaders, summaries of campus traditions, maps, photographs, campus building histories, tuition rates and student fees.

UNCW Magazine (1990-Present)

Published for alumni and friends of the university.

UNCW Student Handbook/Code of Student Life (1962-Present)

Rules of conduct, judicial procedures, requirements for student organizations, lists of student organizations, and information about campus resources, guidelines, and facilities

University of North Carolina at Wilmington Factsheets (1975-2001)

Statistical data on UNCW

Williston College Catalog Bulletins 1-2 (1955-1959)

Course catalogs from Williston College, the unit of Wilmington College for African American students during segregation

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This collaborative project between UNCW Athletics and UNCW Archives documents the accomplishments of student athletes through photographs of trophies, plaques, certificates and other memorabilia from UNCW athletics programs. The online collection highlights items in the display cases in Trask Coliseum and in Archives in Randall Library.


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For more information contact:  

Adina Riggins, UNCW Archivist, at 910-962-4233 or

Joe Browning, Senior Associate Athletic Director, at 910-962-3236 or


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"Blast from the Past: Tap into your Seahawk Legacy," was on display from March 23, 2009 through April 7, 2009 in the Sherman Hayes Gallery, W. M. Randall Library.  Now you can enjoy the online exhibit.  Explore concerts, celebrity guests, a Campus Pub, football at UNCW, student newspapers, and the Seahawk mascot. 

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The State Library of North Carolina is excited to announce a short, easy-to-understand tutorial on file naming. Designed to help people take small and everyday steps to preserve their files, this four-part tutorial video describes why file naming is important, how to change a file name and the dos and donts of file naming.

They are part of a new series, Inform U, which will feature tutorials on digital preservation. Digital preservation means taking practical and conscious steps to keep digital files around for future access and use.

View the tutorials and more information about digital preservation at Contact for more information.

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