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Old North Durham Architecture slides

Identifier: NCC-0128

Scope and Contents

The Old North Durham Architecture Slides depict houses and other buildings in the Old North Durham neighborhood from 1981-1984, including some images of renovation work done on many of the structures.


  • 1981 - 1984

Access Restrictions

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

These slides were found in the attic of a house in the Old North Durham neighborhood in 2014. It is unclear who created the slides or why they were in the attic of the house they were found in. 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 St. 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 Ave. 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.


0.5 Linear Foot (1 flat box)

Language of Materials



The organization of the slides reflects how they were found in a metal slide box, which appears to be in order of streets in Old North Durham. Some of the slides in the album are labeled and those addresses and buildings are listed below. Some entries list the name of the owner of the house at the time the photograph was taken.

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 Ellen Gartrell McGeorge

Related Materials

Old North Durham Neighborhood Association records (NCC.0129)

Durham County Government slides and photographs (NCC.0045)

Finding Aid for the Old North Durham Architecture Slides
Kristen Merryman
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2023 April: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace by Emma Parker.

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States