Scope and Contents
The Library Collection has records pertaining to the administrative history of the academic library of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The library began in New Hanover High School. It moved twice before the university's first stand-alone library building opened in 1969, eventually becoming a research library for a major university. Wilmington College Librery records include accession books, annual reports, committee records, circulation statistical reports, gift records, newsletters,, self-study reports, and photographs from 1947-1969. The handwritten accession books are unique pieces in this collection. The University of North Caroina Wilmington files consist of Administrative and Departmental records from William Madison Randall Library. Administrative Records pertain to library management, planning, and special events. Contents include annual reports, budget, committees, correspondence, gift records, strategic plans, marketing materials, and photographs. Departmental Records pertain to services from individual departments including 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).
- William Madison Randall Library (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
There are no access restrictions.
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.
15.25 Linear Feet (13 boxes)
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.
This collection was processed by Nina Herzog in Winter 2020.
- Academic libraries -- Administration
- Education, Higher
- Libraries -- Special collections
- Library buildings
- Museum of World Cultures (University of North Carolina at Wilmington)
- New Hanover County (N.C.)
- Public services (Libraries)
- Public universities and colleges
- Research libraries
- Technical services (Libraries)
- University of North Carolina, Wilmington
- University of North Carolina, Wilmington -- History -- Sources
- William Madison Randall Library
- Wilmington (N.C.)
- Wilmington College
- Library Collection
- Nina Herzog
- 2021 February 01
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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Part of the University Archives Repository