About the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

About

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is a statewide digitization and digital publishing program housed in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Digital Heritage Center works with cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina to digitize and publish historical materials online. The Digital Heritage Center provides libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions with the opportunity to promote and increase access to their collections through digitization. The Center is supported by the State Library of North Carolina with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, and by the UNC-Chapel Hill University Library.

Mission

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center supports community engagement and lifelong learning by promoting and increasing open access to North Carolina’s cultural heritage.

Values

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center:

  • Celebrates the cultural and geographic diversity of North Carolina;
  • Believes that community history and culture has the power to enrich the lives of all North Carolinians;
  • Advocates for open access to North Carolina’s documented cultural heritage;
  • Values all cultural heritage collections, regardless of their size, location, or content;
  • Respects the expertise and judgment of cultural heritage professionals;
  • Recognizes that collaboration is a means of increasing the effectiveness and reach of cultural heritage institutions.

Services

The Digital Heritage Center provides digitization and digital publishing services to cultural heritage institutions in North Carolina. All digitization is done in the Digital Production Center, a unit of the UNC-Chapel Hill University Library. The Digital Heritage Center can capture high-resolution images of a wide variety of materials printed and film formats, as well as some three-dimensional items. Staff members work to capture digital images of the highest possible quality without harming the often fragile originals. For more information, see our Digitization Guidelines.

All of the materials digitized by the Digital Heritage Center are published online at DigitalNC.org. This website is hosted by the UNC-Chapel Hill University Library, and maintained by the UNC Library staff and the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. DigitalNC.org contains thousands of items from libraries, archives, and museums around the state and is a terrific resources for students, teachers, researchers, and anyone interested in the history and culture of North Carolina.

If you have questions related to your own digital projects, we’re happy to help consult. If we don’t know the answer, we often know someone who does. Just contact us.