Chapel Hill Historical Society

Research Materials

Chapel Hill Historical Society Resources

A listing of research resources held by the Chapel Hill Historical Society in our office at the Chapel Hill Public Library (some available online).

This is Chapel Hill (1948)

Black and white film describing the history of Chapel Hill and the history and activities of the University of North Carolina, especially the consolidation of the University. Frank P. Graham, R. B. House, and other university administrators make brief appearances. There are descriptions of Franklin Street businesses, like Andrews-Henninger Co. and Varsity Department Store, Wentworth & Sloan Jewelers, The College Shop and Carolina Bootery, Jack Lipman. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Merchants Association. The Hospital Savings Association. City Hall, Village Mayor R. W. Madry, the police department, the WDUK radio station, the Carolina Theater. Agricultural resources of Orange County, Farmers Cooperative Dairy Inc. Hill Bakery & Pastry Shop. Montjoy & Leigh Food Store. Seafood Grill. Harry's Delicatessen. Danziger's Coffee Shop. Digitized from a VHS tape by DigitalNC, the film's visuals can be blurry or poor quality.

Cemetery Resources at the Chapel Hill Historical Society

Information on area cemeteries held by the Chapel Hill Historical Society.

Digging in Our Heels: Women's History Walking Tour Audio Tapes and Interviews

The UNC Southern Oral History Program Sound Cloud Playlist contains audio recordings relating to the presence of female students on the UNC campus, and how gender attitudes have changed over the years. The audio recordings also have links to text-based interviews of the participants. This material was developed by the Southern Oral History Program as part of a campus walking tour, and was also used in the March 20, 2016 Historical Society Presentation, "Digging In Our Heels, Angels on Campus: The History of Women on Campus at UNC," presented by Taylor Livingston.

Launching of the Chapel Hill Victory

Victory ships were a type of cargo ship mass-produced during World War II. Many were named after towns and cities in the United States. The launching of the SS Chapel Hill Victory took place on December 4, 1944. The launch ceremony was attended by many Chapel Hill area notables, including Congressman Carl Durham and Chapel Hill Mayor Robert Madry. View a photo album of the event and a photo of the box containing the chamagne christening bottle online.

Patterson's General Store Ledger

The Digital Heritage Center has just finished digitizing a ledger from Patterson's General Store, which covers the store's accounts in the years 1910 and 1911. The store was located on East Franklin Street near the intersection with Henderson Street, across from the University of North Carolina campus. The store was established by H. H. "Hoot" Patterson in the late 19th century. The store was operated by his son Fred until his death in 1914. The ledger, from the Chapel Hill Historical Society, contains the names and accounts of a number of North Carolina residents and businesses. Many faculty members and administrators from the University of North Carolina were customers, including Edward Kidder Graham, Kemp Plummer Battle, and Horace Williams.

Chapel Hill High School Hillife Yearbooks 1925-1965

Do you have old copies of the Chapel Hill High School Hillife yearbook? If so, we would like to borrow them so we can digitize them and make them available on our website. We are currently looking for yearbooks for the years 1927, 1932, 1933, and 1935. If you have any of these volumes, and would be willing to lend or donate them to the Historical Society, please contact us at 919-929-1793 or chhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Chapel Hill Airport Photos 1930s

Photos loaned to the Chapel Hill Historical Society by Bruce Martindale, son of Charlie Lee Martindale. The elder Martindale created Martindale Field, later Horace Williams Airport, Chapel Hill, NC.

Chapel Hill Newspaper Inventory

The Chapel Hill Historical Society maintains an archive of Chapel Hill newspapers from 1923 to 2011 in its offices in the Chapel Hill Public Library. This includes the Chapel Hill Weekly (1923-1973), the Chapel Hill Newspaper (1973-1992), the Chapel Hill News (1992-2011), and the Chapel Hill News Leader (1954-1959). Please contact the historical society for information on access to these archives.

CHHS Newsletters 1967-2012

These are the monthly newsletters published by the Chapel Hill Historical Society from 1966 to 2012. They contain meeting reports, descriptions of local history projects, and other items of historical interest.

FNCHS Federation Bulletins 2016-

The semiannual newsletters published by the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies. They contain information on the activities of historical societies statewide.

The publications are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader in order to view them.

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