Merge Records will partner with the Southern Folklife Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library to archive music, art, and ephemera from its 23-year history. Beginning in 2013, the Merge Records archive will be cataloged and open to the public.
Merge Records was founded in 1989 in Chapel Hill by Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, of the indie band Superchunk. Headquartered today in Durham, N.C., Merge Records has grown to include artists from around the world and has reached the top of the Billboard record charts.
“We’re deeply honored to work with Merge to preserve and provide access to their archives. The Merge Records Collection is an invaluable resource for the study of music, art, and culture of our region.” said Steve Weiss, curator of the Southern Folklife Collection.
The Southern Folklife Collection opened in 1989. It holds more than 250,000 sound recordings in all formats, making it one of the nation’s largest repositories for Southern music and culture.