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University of North Carolina Wilmington Library Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-RG-07

Scope and Contents

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Library Records contain administrative records for the library beginning in 1947. At this time, Wilmington College was a two-year county-supported college located in New Hanover High School. Wilmington College Library records include annual reports, committee records, circulation statistical reports, gift records, newsletters, and self-study reports. Handwritten accession books are unique pieces in the Wilmington College series. The University of North Carolina Wilmington series consists of administrative and departmental records from William Madison Randall Library that reflect the development of a research library serving an expanded academic insitution. Library departments include Library User Experience (Library Circulation, Facility Management, Space Planning); Collection Management and Technical Services (Collection Development, Acquisitions, Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, and Serials); Research and Instructional Services, also known as Public Services; Systems; and the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History (Government Resources, Special Collections, and University Archives).


  • Creation: 1947-2023


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions.

Historical Note

Wilmington College Library began in New Hanover High School. In 1948, the two-year college expanded to the Isaac Bear Building on 13th and Market Streets, using the former elementary school for administrative offices, classrooms, labs, and a library. In 1961, the college moved to its own campus on Highway 132, and the library went into the Administrative Building that later became Alderman Hall. In 1965, the North Carolina General Assembly approved funding for the school's first stand-alone library building. This construction was needed to meet the requirements for a four-year college. Named for the college's third president, William Madison Randall Library opened in 1969. In 1987, the library completed an addition toward the center of campus, more than doubling its original size of 70,000 square feet. With the expansion came an integrated library system, making the card catalog obsolete. Over 300,000 volumes were moved as part of this expansion. Randall Library and the university's Technology Assistance Center established the Learning Commons in 2008, offering an enlarged footprint of learning spaces, technologies, and tools designed to support student success. An expansion to the library is opening in 2024.


15.6 Linear Feet (14 containers (12 records center boxes, 1 half-size legal document box, and 1 pamphlet file box))

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The collection in arranged in two series: Series I, Wilmington College, and Series II, University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Series I is arranged alphabetically by topic and then chronologically. Series II is subdivided into Administrative Records and Departmental Records. Administration Records are arranged alphabetically by topic, and then chronologically. Broad topics are Annual Reports, Budget, Committees, Correspondence, Gifts, and Miscellaneous Administrative Topics. Departmental Records are arranged by department name, next alphabetically and last chronologically.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Nina Herzog in Winter 2020.

University of North Carolina Wilmington Library Records
Nina Herzog
2021 February 01
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository