The Audiovisual Materials Unit is part of the Special Collections Branch of the State Archives of North Carolina. This unit manages the State Archives' vast holdings of photographic negatives, print photograph and image collections, audio recordings, motion picture films, and other moving image media.
Tools and Guides for Audiovisual Materials
Reference Services for Audiovisual Materials
The Audiovisual Materials Unit provides reference services to the general public, historians, genealogists, publishers, interior designers, advertising agencies, news agencies, and any other individuals or entities desiring to use the collections. Researchers should contact the Audiovisual Materials Archivist in advance of a visit. Often our staff is able to assist researchers by e-mail and telephone, and an in-person visit may not be required. We can make copies of most of the photographs, images, videos, and digital media in our collections for reasonable fees.
Currently, black and white photographic negatives comprise the bulk of the Audiovisual Materials Unit's holdings and number more than one million in quantity. The negative collection includes thousands of images photographed by division photographers from the early 1950s to the present, thousands of historical and family images the public has graciously brought to our attention and allowed us to copy, as well as negatives made by staff photographers of The News & Observer newspaper from 1938 to 1999. The negative collections are partially accessible through the State Archives Online MARS Catalog and through a tradition card catalog on site at the State Archives. Please contact the AV Materials Unit for research in the negative collections.
The Audiovisual Materials Unit collects photographic negatives, print photograph and image collections, audio recordings, motion picture films, and other moving image media that document the history, culture, and people of North Carolina and/or that supplement or complement the public records of the state.
Contact Information and Hours
Please contact Kim Andersen, Audiovisual Materials Archivist, before your visit. The Audiovisual Materials Unit is presently not equipped to handle walk-ins. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Your experience with the Audiovisual Materials Unit will be greatly enhanced if the staff has adequate time to fully address your research needs.
Audiovisual Materials Unit
State Archives of North Carolina
Special Collections Section
4614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4614
Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm by appointment only
The unit is closed to the public Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and state government recognized holidays.
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