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Durham County Government slides and photographs

Identifier: NCC-0045

Scope and Contents

The collection includes slides and photographs of Durham County commissioners, services and buildings, including many schools in the Durham City School system before the county and city school system merged. The collection also includes photographs and slides from the Old North Durham Neighborhood Improvement Project and work done by the nonprofit organization Neighborhood Housing Services in the late 1970s and 1980s to renovate houses and apartment buildings in Old North Durham.


  • 1950 - 2001

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Administrative History

Durham City Schools and Durham County Schools merged in 1992 to become Durham Public Schools.

Old North Durham is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Durham. The location of the neighborhood was converted from farmland into one of Durham’s first suburbs in the late 1800s. A trolley line built in 1901 ran north from Main Street along Mangum Street, which spurred development in the area. It was a thriving area in Durham through the 1950s. Following integration in the 1950s and 1960s in Durham, East Trinity Street became one of the first areas in Durham where African-Americans bought homes and lived in primarily white neighborhoods. In the late 1960s Old North Durham experienced a social and economic decline similar to many other urban neighbohoods across the country as the population migrated from urban areas to outlying suburbs. However, during the late 1970s and early 1980s a major effort was undertaken to revitalize the neighborhood. With the creation of Durham Neighborhood Housing Services in 1981, neighborhood residents joined city officials, business, and banking leaders to secure the financial support for home improvements and renovations.


2 Folders

1 Linear Foot (2 binder boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Access Restrictions

Some of our materials are stored offsite. These items are not available for same day access and require advance notice to retrieve. Contact North Carolina Collection staff at to plan your visit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Deborah Craig-Ray, Assistant County Manager for Public Information

Related Materials

Neighborhood Housing Services of Durham papers (NCC.00123)

Old North Durham architecture slides (NCC.0128)

Old North Durham Neighborhood Association records (NCC.0129)

Finding Aid for the Durham County Government Slides and Photographs
Kristen Merryman
2015 October 27
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2022 January: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace by Beth Morris Weiss.

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States