A new partnership between a North Carolina university and a local history museum will make research on early Southern furniture, culture and decorative arts available to a global audience over the Internet.

UNC Chapel Hill's Carolina Digital Libraries and Archives will be working with the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem over the next several years to complete the project. All of the material will be available free.

The Carolina Digital Libraries and Archives will scan about 200,000 index cards at MESDA that document nearly 80,000 artists and artisans who worked in the early South.

The libraries and archives will also digitize nearly 20,000 files with photographs that record objects made in the South.

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