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UNCSA Archives

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

UNCSA Archives Closed

The UNCSA Archives is closed for in-person research for the 2020-2021 school year. We will make every effort to  accommodate reference and research inquiries, but please expect longer than normal turn-around times.

In the meantime, browse the UNCSA Archives Collections Database, explore Digital Collections, and find information about UNCSA History, all available online.

Using the Research Room

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

Please note that Archives 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 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. While the Archives may hold a physical object, we may not be the holder of the copyright. This includes all documents, photographs, ephemera, and works of art. The Archives may grant permission for the reproduction and use of content for which UNCSA is the copyright owner. For materials whose copyright is held elsewhere, the University Archivist may be able to assist users in identifying a copyright owner; however, securing publication or exhibition permissions is the responsibility of the user. Examining or acquiring reproductions of materials from the Archives does not convey the right to publish, exhibit, or otherwise reproduce the materials in full or in part.

Citing Archival Material

The UNCSA 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], UNCSA Archives, University of North Carolina School of the Arts