Preserve, share, and promote your scholarly and creative work.

We provide long-term access and safekeeping for scholarly works, datasets, research materials, records, and audiovisual materials produced by the UNC-Chapel Hill community.
We ensure your work is accessible and searchable on our website and indexed in search engines.
You decide who gets access: we offer a range of access controls including embargoes and granting access to specific groups on campus.

How to start preserving your work

To get started, just tell us about the work you’d like to preserve. We’ll meet with you to discuss how to transfer it, describe it, and make it available on the web. After you deposit your work, we take care of the rest, ensuring it’s kept safe and accessible for the future.

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Case Study: CDR and RLA staff work to preserve and provide access to digital research collections

Founded in 1939, the Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA) was the first center for the study of North Carolina archaeology. Serving the interests of students, scholars, and the general public, it is currently one of the leading institutes for archaeological teaching and research in the South. Located within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, it provides support for faculty and students working not only in North Carolina, but also throughout the Americas and overseas.

With one of the nation’s finest collections of archaeological materials from the South, the RLA curates more than seven million artifacts along with more than 60,000 photographic negatives, photographs, and slides. Over the past 70 years, virtually all of the major discoveries in the understanding of North Carolina's ancient past can be attributed to the RLA or to researchers trained there.

The Carolina Digital Repository is working with RLA staff to to preserve their large collection of photographs, slides, and publications, and to provide access to those collections online.

Browse the RLA Collection