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More information about the Photograph Collection

The Archives is especially proud of its online image gallery.  In the making since 2002 and still a work in progress, the database contains over 11,000 images and slides from the UNCSA archive collections.  The focus of this digitization project has been the school’s drama, all-school musical and opera productions which highlight the work of our drama, opera and design and production students   We continue to scan drama and opera productions from the mid 80s forward on a daily basis along with our other collections. Please check the site often.

Other subject categories include Buildings and Campus Views; People (including Trustees, Administration and Staff); Special Events; the International Music Program and 1966 production of The Nutcracker.

In order to provide the highest quality artistic representation of UNCSA School of Dance performances, these images have been saved for last pending individual approval by our dance faculty.  We apologize for this delay, however, please be assured that these images will spill onto your screen as soon as possible.

If there is an interest in any particular performance, please let us know and we will give your requests priority. 

This project is made possible by donations from the late Dr. James Semans and his wife, Mary. Without their generosity and interest, the archives would not exist and we are infinitely grateful for their steadfast support.  I would also like to thank Nora Gump, Laurie Pearman, Lee Mecum and Jon McNeill all of who spent hundreds of hours scanning and indexing these photos.  

Record summaries for each photograph include as much descriptive information as we have available.  In the event that viewers can provide more identification or corrections, we welcome your input. We also appreciate any suggestions you may have for improving the process. Contact the archivist.



Digital Copies and Reprints

Digital copies and reprints of photographs are available for a fee.  Please contact Jon McNeill for more information:

Copies of audio and video recordings are available for a fee, to alum who appear in the performance requested.



Access, Use and Copyright Information

Access to these images is provided for the PERSONAL USE of staff, faculty, students, scholars and the public.  When using for this purpose, please link back to the original item when possible, and include a credit line:  "Photo courtesy of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Archives."


Use or reproduction of some materials may also be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, and university policy. 

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.  Under certain conditions specified in the law, archives and libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.”  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.  This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

The researcher downloading or making copies of photographs assumes sole responsibility for securing copyrights and other permissions that might be required prior to use of copied images for other than private study. 

The policy further states that "restricted material may not be reproduced without permission from the donor" and that “permission to publish is not implied in any photo duplication services delivered. It must be granted separately and in writing.”