Ice Cold

This Friday will be the first day of Summer, and after the past few hot and sticky days we’ve had here in Chapel Hill I thought we could all use some icy imagery to help us stay cool…


This image, taken after the formidable Ice Storm of December 2002 that coated Chapel Hill in about three quarters of an inch of ice, is from a collection of digital photographs transferred to University Archives from the School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Illustration and Photography.

This collection of digital photographs contains aerial images of campus, shots of buildings and departments on the medical school  and hospital campuses, and more photographs documenting the ice storm and some of the the damage it caused. All of the digital photographs from this collection can be found in the Carolina Digital Repository.

Do you remember this terrible storm?

Acquiring Born-digital University Records

Most departments have moved from creating and managing paper records to handling files in digital formats. University Archives is now receiving records of permanent value that are born-digital. We are developing our skills and tools to handle these digital files.

Here are some highlights:

  • We use write blockers like the Tableau T35es and Tableau T8-R2 to ensure that materials are not altered during the transfer process.
  • We have a great tool that prepares the materials for the Carolina Digital Repository called Curator’s Workbench. It’s free, open-source software that other repositories can use for handing digital materials.

If you are part of a unit on campus that has digital materials that you’d like to transfer to University Archives, please contact us.