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North Carolina Visual Arts and Artists (NCVAA) Collection

Identifier: SC-MS-395

Scope and Contents

The North Carolina Visual Arts and Artists (NCVAA) Collection, begun by Wilmington artist and former head of the UNCW art department Claude Howell, is a unique collection of newspaper clippings, posters, brochures, exhibit programs, and other ephemera about North Carolina arts and artists. Most of the material relates to art exhibits held in North Carolina at various museums, galleries, and campuses, but there is some limited biographical information, as well as a few photographs.

The bulk of the collection dates from the 1960s-1970s, but includes over 20,000 artists from as early as 1906 to 1996, as well as a few from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection is largely arranged chronologically, with some portions done alphabetically by artist's last name. Artists may be represented by a single entry in a single year, while others have multiple entries spanning several years. Please note, date ranges may only include a few years between end dates and not the entire span.


  • Creation: 1796-1996

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2021 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, all rights reserved (subject to exceptions). Certain items in this collection were conveyed to UNCW without the accompanying copyright. Where the donor did not convey copyright to UNCW, copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


109 Containers (Contains 71 bankers boxes, 1 document box, 21 card file boxes, and 16 boxes of unprocessed material)

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Claude Howell, date unknown.

North Carolina Visual Arts and Artists (NCVAA) Collection
Partially Processed
Olivia Fario and Nicole Yatsonsky
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository