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Training School for Wives and Mothers from "The Church in the Southern Black Community" Collection  the Deliverance by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow from The "Library of Southern Literature" Collection  Fight or Buy Bonds: Third Liberty Loans by Howard Chandler Christy from the "North Carolinians and the Great War" Collection  Portrait of Frederick Douglass from the autobiography Life and Times of Frederick Douglass from "The North American Slave Narratives" Collection  Letter from the Robert March Hanes papers from the "North Carolina Experience"  Collection 

Documenting the American South has been publishing materials to the Web since 1996. Each collection is linked below with the year during which the bulk of its work was completed. Browse the New Additions page for a by-the-month listing of published documents.

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Our pilot project to digitize a half dozen highly circulated slave narratives.


Diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and narratives of former slaves of previously inaccessible populations: women, African Americans, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.

Library of

A collection exploring the richness and diversity of southern literature, from the colonial period through the beginning of the twentieth century.

North American
Slave Narratives

Individual and collective stories of the African American struggle for freedom and human rights, consisting of all known published narratives by fugitive and former slaves.


An overview of Southern civilian and political life during the Civil War, particularly the South's attempt to create a viable nation-state.

Church in the
Southern Black

A collection of histories and documents about the way southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life.

North Carolina

The story of the Tar Heel State as seen through histories, descriptive accounts, institutional reports, fiction, songs, oral history interviews, and other documents.

Carolinians and the
Great War

Depictions of the way World War I shaped the lives of North Carolinians on the battlefield and the homefront, featuring one hundred propaganda posters from the era.

True and Candid

A documentary history of student life and learning at the University of North Carolina from 1795 until 1868.

Oral Histories
of the
American South

A growing collection of transcripts and audio recordings from the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, offering personal insights into compelling historical topics.

First Century
of the First
State University

Manuscripts, photographs, maps, drawings, and other primary source materials documenting the creation and growth of the University of North Carolina during the period 1776 to 1875.

Colonial and
State Records

Beta Release: A digital edition of the 30-volume set, which includes transcriptions of early colonial and state documents, the 1790 census for North Carolina, and an extensive index.

More to Come

Look for updates to the Colonial and State Records project as well as new collections in 2008.

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