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UNCSA Archives

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

Archives Instruction

The UNCSA Archives provides hands-on learning experiences with primary source materials based on a variety of topics, including UNCSA's institutional and regional history and the artistic legacy of alumni and faculty artists. Archives staff will work with you to tailor material and session plans to suit your curricular needs, with learning objectives focused on critical primary source literacy skills, including:

  • conceptualizing research topics
  • searching primary source databases and collections for relevant material
  • evaluating and interpreting sources
  • synthesizing materials and ideas into a research or creative project.

Class around table examining archives documentsSessions can include an introduction to archives, material show-and-tell, student-driven research, and can include one or multiple visits. Presentation-only sessions can be held in your classroom; sessions using Archives material are held in the Archives Research Room, which can comfortably seat up to 10 people. If you would like to visit with a larger group, please contact us and we will work on alternate arrangements.

Schedule a Session

To schedule an instruction session, contact the Archives. If possible, please contact us before the start of the semester to ensure availability and allow sufficient time to prepare materials and session plans.