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.

4 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.

  4. 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.

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