Visitor Info

Brimley Library

H. H. Brimley Memorial Library

Location: Main Museum building, Level A.
Public hours: 9am to 4pm, Monday–Friday
Staff: Janet Edgerton, Chief Librarian,   
          Margaret Cotrufo, Assistant Librarian,

Library services

  • Circulation (via Athena, the online catalog)
  • Acquisitions
  • Cataloging
  • Reference
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Scanning

Areas of emphasis

  • Natural history of North Carolina and the southeastern United States
  • Field guides
  • Popular and scientific natural history journals/magazines
  • Children's books on natural history
  • History of the Museum, including Archives

About the Archives

The Brimley library houses the archives of the museum. The archives include correspondence, receipts, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photographs.  The photographs include glass plate negatives and positives, lantern slides, 4x5 negatives, and 35mm slides.  Most of the photographs are of the museum exhibits, flora, fauna, scenic and agricultural subjects.  The collection also includes four handmade Japanese dolls.  Most of our archival documents date from the administrations of H.H. Brimley (1895–1936; first director) and Harry Davis (1937–1966; second director).

Digital Resources

Trouble the Whale (PDF)

George the Python (PDF) NEW!

Below are some photographs from the archives. More images highlighting items in the collection will be added periodically.


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Museum Archives Finding Aid