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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 Archives is open for in-person research for UNCSA students, faculty, and staff by advanced appointment. Please contact us to discuss your area of interest and schedule a visit.

Following the UNCSA Community Health Standards, face masks that properly cover your mouth and nose must be worn at all times in the Archives. We ask that you delay your visit if you are unable to wear a mask.

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 special handling and security precautions listed below, which are required to ensure the long-term preservation of our collections.

  • You may use pencils and paper or laptops for note-taking; there are pencils and paper available for use in the Research Room. All other personal items (bags, coats, food, beverages, etc.) must be stored in lockers during your visit.
  • Food, beverages (including water bottles), and chewing gum are not allowed in the Archives.
  • 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 may be required to handle some material, particularly photographs, negatives, 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 the materials in full or in part. See below for additional copyright information.
  • 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. 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 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: [Item Title/Description, Date, and Creator. Collection name], UNCSA Archives, University of North Carolina School of the Arts