Special Collections

Wake County Public Libraries houses three special collections: the Mollie Huston Lee Collection, the Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection and the photographic collection of Lewis P. Watson. 

Mollie Huston Lee Collection

The founder of the Richard B. Harrison Community Library maintained a collection chronicling the African American experience locally and nationally. 

Learn more about the Mollie Huston Lee Collection

Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection

WCPL houses the research of noted Wake County historian Elizabeth Reid Murray at the Olivia Raney Local History Library. The collection covers nearly 100 subjects and includes books, maps, slides and files. 

Watson Photographic Collection

Lewis P. Watson worked for the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service and later owned his own studio on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Mr. Watson focused on agricultural subjects, construction and architectural firms and a limited amount of portrait photography. The collection of some 10,000 negatives and hundreds of prints provides a unique view of life in mid-century North Carolina. 

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