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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Outdoor Drama
Campus Box 3240
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3240

The Institute of Outdoor Drama maintains an extensive collection of amphitheater blueprints (57 sites) of outdoor drama sites throughout the nation, ranging in dates from 1950 to 1989.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Collection
Wilson Library, CB #3930
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890

The North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill includes the following advertisement pamphlets for North Carolina architectural firms (dates refer to publication date):

Atwood & Weeks, Inc., Durham, 1936
Barrett, Charles W., Raleigh, n.d., ca. 1903
Carolina Model Homes Corporation, 1961
Coble, H. L. Construction Company, 1956?
Eastern Drafting Service, Goldsboro, 1963
Freeman-White Associates, Charlotte, 1969?
Haskins & Rice, Raleigh, 1957
Hayden, Wheeler & Schwend, Charlotte, 1898?
Hook & Sawyer, Architects, Charlotte, 1902
J. A. Jones Construction Company, 1945
Leckwell Associates, Charlotte, 197?
McKim, Mead & White, 1936
Milburn, Frank P., 1901 & 1905
Nelson, G. Murray & Thomas W. Cooper, Architects, Raleigh, 1921
Odell Associates, Inc., Charlotte, 1978
Thompson, Frank K., 1910

A. J. Davis Collection

Includes photostats of six plans for campus buildings at the University of North Carolina, 1844-1856. Photostats made in 1944 from originals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Drawings

Microfilm of the North Carolina survey from the HABS Catalog, 1941. (Microfilm made in 1974.)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Collection
Photographic Services Division
Wilson Library
Chapel Hill NC 27599

The Photographic Services Division of the North Carolina Collection maintains a collection of over 400,000 photographs, 1840s-present. Most of the photographs are arranged by county. The following specific collections relate to architecture:

Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection

Photographic collection of Frances Benjamin Johnston documenting numerous buildings, especially houses exemplifying colonial architecture. Many of the photographs appear in her book, "The Early Architecture of North Carolina" (1941 and 1947). The bulk of the collection dates from 1935 to 1940.

Tobacco Collection

Collection documents the growing and farming of tobacco throughout the United States. Includes photographs of numerous barns and structures used in the tobacco industry, 1900-1970s.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Photographs of the buildings and grounds of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Includes many construction photographs.

Bayard Wootten Collection

Collection of photographs that document Wootten's entire body of work including her architectural photography.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Southern Historical Collection
Wilson Library
Campus Box 3926
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3926

Manuscripts Department

John Volney Allcott Papers (1725-1980) Collection # 4480

Correspondence, subject files, and photographs collected by John V. Allcott, (1905- ) professor of art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and architectural historian. The collection documents his research into the architectural heritage of North Carolina.

Burgwin Family Papers, Collection # 1687

Architect's specifications by Gridley J. F. Bryant, Boston, MA, for a dwelling at Thornbury plantation, Northampton County, North Carolina, prepared for Henry King Burgwyn in 1842(?).

Bennehan Cameron Papers, Collection # 3623

Series 9 of the collection includes the following architectural records:

  • Blueprints for a stable and alterations to the Cameron residence in Raleigh, 1901, by Noland & Baskervill, Richmond, Virginia. Includes details and floor plans.
  • Blueprints for a "Combined Passenger & Freight Station of the Lynchburg & Durham R.R.," 1899. (Station to be built at Fairntosh, NC.)
  • Blueprints and specifications for a stable for P. H. Mayo in Raleigh, 1905 (no architect).
  • Original colored drawing on linen showing the Peck-Hammond Company's system of heating for the Cameron residence.
Cameron Family Papers, Collection # 133, Subseries 5.12

Architectural drawing subseries includes:

blueprint of a flower pit at Hillsborough, n.d.
details, 2 chimney caps (1833?)
details of a column shafts and sketch for anchoring it into the foundation, n.d.
details of a "Font for St. Stephen's Church, Pittsfield" (1853 ink on linen)
pencil drawings (floor plans and elevations) for cottages, n.d.
sketch and specifications for a barn, 1811
specifications for a "Brick Building on the Grounds of St. Mary's Seminary, Raleigh
specifications for a "dwelling house, a state house," n.d.

Dabney Cosby Papers (1843-1865) Collection # 1071-Z

Chiefly personal letters from Cosby to his son in Virginia serving in the Confederate army. Cosby was a Raleigh builder.

Davidson College Architect's Drawings Collection # OP-3643

Floor plans, various elevations and details for the first Chambers Building (1858) designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), architect of New York City. Includes 12 photostats made in 1948? from original plans located at Davidson College Library.

Robert Brent Drane Papers, Collection #2987

Records relating to the building of Edenton Academy, Edenton 1800.

Fort Defiance, Incorporated Records (1964-1978) Collection # 4042

Organizational records relating to the restoration of the home of Revolutionary War general William Lenoir (1751-1839), in Caswell County.

James Clarence Harper Diary (1840-1890) Collection # 2776

Diary includes considerable information about building the North Carolina State Hospital, Morganton, and limited information about Davenport Female College, Lenoir (15 volumes).

Hawkins Family Papers (1740-1898) Collection # OP-322

Residence plans (architects' drawings) of houses for W. J. Hawkins in Raleigh and Ridgeway, North Carolina. Includes drawings for a residence of I. H. Pearce in Oxford, Mississippi. Also includes engineer's sketches of mill machinery and floor plans.

John Hawks Papers (1767, 1769, 1773, 1857) Collection # OP-3530

Papers, including watercolor drawings and specifications, relating to plans for the court house, jail, and church in Edenton.

Map of Raleigh, North Carolina, Collection # OP-1852

Manuscript entitled "Plan of the City of Raleigh with all the Improvements and all the Numbers, July 1, 1797."

J. C. McCown Books, Collection # 2709

Account books, building supplies from Hillsborough, 1858-1874.

Miscellaneous Collection (# 517) Unit 64

Architectural plans dated 1912 for the Commercial Bank Building, Raleigh.

Arthur Cleveland Nash Papers (1938-1956) Collection # 4061

Building design files (correspondence and drawings) of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill's University Architect from 1922 to 1952. Includes photographs of campus buildings during this period.

North Carolina Town Maps

Extensive collection of North Carolina town maps from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

University Archives And Records Service

Construction Administration Department, 1948-1992 (bulk, 1970-1987)

Records of the Construction Administration Department. Chiefly project files consisting of specification sheets and correspondence with architectural and building contractors.

Trustee Affairs, 1789-1932

Minutes subgroup contains discussions and reports of building programs at the University; Executive Committee minutes (1835-1881) incorporate activities of the Land Committee and Building Committee.

Committee Records subgroup includes the following records of the Building Committee: Report on the Construction Program at UNC, 1921; Minutes of the Committee 1923-1924; Reports on the Condition of Memorial Hall, 1929.

University of North Carolina Papers Collection, 1757-1930, 1935 (bulk, 1789-1930)

Large collection of papers arranged chronologically documenting all facets of university operations and includes routine administrative correspondence and miscellaneous financial papers. Papers prior to 1874 are mainly those of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Trustees; post 1874 are largely those of the President of the University. The records contain a number of early plats and other documents pertaining to University lands. Includes correspondence from A. J. Davis (1843-1857) and David Paton (1839-1840).

Oversized series includes a map and survey of the lands given to the University made by John Daniel, November 7-8, 1792. Also a later copy of this map with changes although undated. Also includes two maps of the University and the town of Chapel Hill, as laid out in 1795. Includes drawings of the Carolina Inn, 1935; Gerrard Hall renovation, 1856, by A. J. Davis; Old East, 1793 by James Patterson; South Building, 1856 renovation by A. J. Davis.