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Durham County Library archives

Identifier: NCC-0046

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the history of the public library in Durham, North Carolina. The materials date from 1897, a year before the first public library in the state opened in Durham, to the present. Much of the material is from the more recent past, with the bulk between 1960 and the present. Besides written materials, the archives also contain photos, slides, newspaper articles, and recordings.


  • 1893-2013 and ongoing

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

For historical information see:


106 Linear Feet (162 boxes: 122 document boxes, 29 binder boxes, 11 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into nine series: General Files, Benjamin Powell Papers, Administrative Files, Library Outreach, Historical Material, Ledgers, Scrapbooks, Audiovisual Material, and Photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Durham County Library

Finding Aid for the Durham County Library Archives
In Progress
Hayley Wilson
April 25, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Archives Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States