The Hugh Morton Collection of Photographs and Films is part of the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives (Collection P0081), part of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection’s archival Finding Aid is online and provides the principle means of access to the collection. Researchers must use the collection in WIlson Library.  Photographs and 35mm slides may be handled by researchers; negatives and unmounted color transparencies, however, must be handled by staff.
An online digital collection of more than 8,000 Hugh Morton images is available on the where you may search, browse, and view Morton photographs in great detail.  If you can identify something or someone in a photograph, please tell us using the feedback form on the bottom of the Morton digital collection home page.

8 thoughts on “Access”

  1. I am interested in coastal photos and seem to be having difficulty finding them on line…any info. on how to find would be appreciated. Perhaps they have just not been added on line yet.

  2. Mr. Dudley:
    There are two ways to access the collection: (1) a finding aid *without* images ( that provides an outline of the collection’s structure in the “Scope and Content” section ( and a more detailed listing of the 250,000+ items in the collection, and (2) a selection of about 8,000 images online at There are a variety of ways to find coast images. You can use the “Browse by Subjects” links and look for terms like “Coastlines” and “Beaches” or you can “Browse by Location” and look for place names that might be of interest to you.
    I hope that helps you get you going . . . and enjoy!

  3. I am searching for an article and photos of the Plott family & Mark Chaney & Hazel Creek. I think this appeared in the January 4, 1942 edition in Asheville paper, but I am unable to find.
    Please help.

    1. Dear Ms. Chasten,
      I’ve found the article you requested and emailed a copy to you as a PDF made from microfilm. The photographer credited within the article was Frank Clodfelter.

  4. I would very much like to have permission to use a crop of one of Mr. Morton’s Photos. How do I get proper permission please? This would be for part of a book series my husband is doing on his experience growing up, and how some of his mentors were cockfighters in California before it was outlawed. We feel the photo would be helpful to depict the evocative complexities of cockfighting all the while delivering an artistic and tasteful touch. Thank you so very much for your assistance. We intend to treat his work with respect and dignity. Thank you again for your time and attention to our request.

    1. Dear Ms. Perry,
      I recommend you consult the Wilson Library’s webpage How to Order Copies. It has the information you need to get started. The best way to reference a photograph seen in the online collection is by its “Reference URL,” a link to which is located on the lefthand side of the screen just above the descriptive title above the image. Clicking on “Reference URL” opens a small window. For each image you request, copy the top link and paste it into your email along with details on your request that you send to

    1. Hello and thanks for asking about getting reproductions. The webpage “How to Request Copies” is still the best route to take, although the procedures listed on the page changed in 2020 from those in place before the pandemic. Getting the Reference URL for the image you want is still very helpful. See the instructions in a previous post for how to get that.

      Here’s a link to all the Morton photographs of Johnny Cash in the online collection.

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