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UNCSA Archives

The archives exists as the institutional memory of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Hours & Location

The UNCSA Archives is open for research by appointment. Please contact us to discuss your area of interest and schedule a visit.

The Archives is located on the third floor of the University Library Annex, and is accessed through the third floor bridge from the main Library. For directions to UNCSA and a campus map, see the campus Directions & Parking page.

Research Room Guidelines

The UNCSA Archives is open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public. Due to their value, condition, and unique nature, Archives materials may only be used in the Research Room. We appreciate your observing the following handling and safety precautions, which are required to ensure the long-term preservation of our collections.

  • You may use pencils and paper, laptops, or phones for note-taking; there are pencils and paper available for use in the Research Room. Pens and highlighters are not permitted.
  • We ask that you leave all other personal items (bags, coats, food, beverages, etc.) in lockers during your visit.
  • Food, beverages (including water bottles), and chewing gum are not allowed in the Research Room.
  • Stack areas are closed to researchers. Archives Staff will retrieve and re-shelve material for you.
  • Visitors are asked to handle all material with care:
    • Use only one box at a time, and only remove one folder at a time.
    • Keep material in the original filing order within in each folder, and of folders within each box.
    • Gloves are required to handle some items, particularly photographs and artworks.
    • Some material may require Archives Staff to assist in handling due to its fragility or size.
  • Visitors may take photographs of material for individual reference purposes only. Examining materials from the Archives does not convey the right to publish, exhibit, or otherwise reproduce or distribute them in full or in part. See below for additional copyright information.
  • Access to some materials may be restricted for reasons of format or fragility, or for reasons of confidentiality and legality, including:
    • Individual education records of living current or former students as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
    • Individual employment records of living current or former University employees.
    • Records which have been restricted for a certain period of time by Deed of Gift.
    • Unprocessed collections require special permission to access. They are unavailable for research until they have been reviewed for material that may contain sensitive or private information.


The UNCSA Archives supports and encourages physical and virtual access to the materials in our collections. However, examining or acquiring reproductions of materials from the Archives does not convey the right to publish, exhibit, distribute, or otherwise reproduce the materials in full or in partFor any use of reproductions beyond private study, scholarship, and research, users of materials are responsible for identifying copyright holders and understanding and complying with U.S. copyright law. Visit the Society of American Archivists' Copyright and Unpublished Materials brochure for additional information on copyright for archival research.

While the Archives may hold a physical object, we may not be the holder of the copyright. For materials whose copyright is held elsewhere, the Archives staff may be able to assist users in identifying a copyright owner; however, securing publication or exhibition permissions is the sole responsibility of the user. In cases where UNCSA owns the copyright, researchers may request permission to publish by contacting us.

Citing Archival Material

The UNCSA Archives requests full citation of all material published or referenced in any publication, presentation, or performance.

Preferred citation: [Creator]. [Item Title/Description (identifier or Box/folder number), Date]. [Collection name], UNCSA Archives, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Eislick, Kurt. Romeo and Juliet (44.03.1989.0510.3817), 10 May 1989. Photograph Collection, UNCSA Archives, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Giannini, Christina. Costume design for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater production of Phases (Box 1, Folder 8), 1980. Christina Giannini Collection of Design Drawings, UNCSA Archives, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.