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University Archives

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

Using the Research Room

The UNCSA Archives is open to all UNCSA students, faculty, staff, and the public at large.

Please note that using archival materials is different than other library materials. Archival materials cannot be checked out, but are available for use in the Archives Research Room, which is open by appointment only. Please contact the University Archivist or stop by to discuss your topic of interest and to schedule an appointment to view materials.

Before your visit, please note:

  • You may use pencils or laptops for note-taking, and there are pencils and paper available for use in the Research Room.
  • Food, beverages, and chewing gum are not allowed in the Research Room. Lockers are available to store personal items (food, beverages, bags, etc.) during your visit.
  • Stack areas are closed to researchers. Archives Staff will retrieve and reshelve material for you.
  • Visitors are asked to handle all material with care. Gloves may be required to handle some material, particularly photographs, negatives, and artworks. Visitors are asked to maintain the original filing order of the materials. 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.
  • Access to some materials may be restricted for reasons of format or fragility.
  • Access to some materials may be restricted for reasons of confidentiality and legality, including:
    • Individual education records of living students or living former students as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. 
    • Individual employment records of living, current or former faculty members, administrators or other staff members. 
    • Records which have been restricted for a certain period of time by Deed of Gift.
    • Unprocessed collections are unavailable for research until they have been reviewed for material that may contain sensitive or private information.

Citing Archival Material

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

Preferred citation: [Item Title/Description, Date, and Creator. Collection name], University Archives, University of North Carolina School of the Arts