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Digital Exhibits

Multimedia exhibits featuring our collections:

George Stoney: Carolina Roots

This exhibit features oral history recordings with, and films by, the late filmmaker George C. Stoney. Stoney attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), wrote and produced films about the South, and advocated for the creation of public access cable television stations which still thrive in cities throughout the southern U.S. He worked for years to put the tool in the hands of the narrator: “People should do their own filming, or at least feel they control the content. I’ve spent much of my life making films about teachers or preachers that these people ought to have made themselves.”

West Southern Pines, N.C.

West Southern Pines was one of the first incorporated African American towns in North Carolina. From 1923 to 1931, the town operated with its own mayor, city council, and municipal services. In early 2017 the Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) completed processing a group of twenty-six interviews conducted by Nancy Mason, an oral historian for the Town of Southern Pines.  The SOHP’s digital exhibit on West Southern Pines features audio clips and photos and explores residents’ memories of West Southern Pines.

1969 UNC Food Workers’s Strikes

It is poignant to look to the past and see the different issues student activism has focused on, and especially how it relates to issues today. In 1969, UNC food workers participated in work strikes that showed the intersection of labor rights, women’s rights, and African American rights. Check out the map to learn the history of the strike, and also listen to the audio documentary

Rural Electrification

These interviews were conducted in rural areas of North Carolina for the 50th anniversary in 1985 of the Rural Electrification Administration. Collected by the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, this project explores the impact electricity made in the daily lives of rural people. Respondents described ways they completed household and farm chores, heated their homes, read and studied at night, and performed other everyday tasks before and after electricity. Respondents also discussed the origins and development of their local electric cooperatives.

william-fridayService to the State of North Carolina: The Legacy of William C. Friday

In the spring of 2012, the Southern Oral History Program celebrated the remarkable life and achievements of William C. Friday, President Emeritus of UNC, and the conclusion of our oral history project dedicated to documenting that life and legacy. The “Service to the State of North Carolina: The Legacy of William C. Friday” project constitutes a remarkable resource for information and insight into the lasting importance of Mr. Friday, who, although he passed away in the fall of 2012, left behind a remarkable vision for UNC and for the state of North Carolina.

credit-union1-3664350_stdAfrican American Credit Unions

This project worked to recover and preserve the history of early credit unions in North Carolina, in particular those established by and primarily for African-Americans as alternative means of saving and borrowing money during the Jim Crow era, when their fair access to credit was limited.


conserv-womenFeminism and Conservative Women

This project, a sub category of the larger Women’s Movement in the South, focuses on conservative women activists. These interviews cover a range of topics, including anti-abortion protests, evangelical theology, Republican Party organizing, lobbying work, politics, and the roles that women have played in shaping modern conservatism in the American South.