Chapel Hill Fire Department History

Last updated: October 25, 2018

Note: Still making some updates. Adding some town minutes excerpts on 10/24.


This page presents research notes and other information collected by Historian Mike Legeros during a multi-month, deep-dive research project in 2018. See his Research Notes for the findings, which are presented in a tabular form with annotations.

Research Notes

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  • Alarm codes, 1956
  • Annual reports, 1971-1973
  • Newspaper articles, 1893-present
  • Sanborn Maps, 1911, 1915
  • Town Minutes excerpts, 1927-2004

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Research Tips

  • Chapel Hill newspaper articles from 1993 to present are available via the State Library of North Carolina, via their online resources, via NewsBank America's News, which requires a State Library card, which are free.
  • Chapel Hill newspaper articles are also available at the State Archives, on microfilm, in the reading room. Also, microfilm copies are available at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
  • Chapel Hill newspaper articles are also available in bound, printed form via the Chapel Hill Historical Society, by appointment at their office, which is located at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
  • Daily Tar Heel newspaper articles from 1893 to 1992 are available online via Digital NC. The search function is finicky. Also try manually manipulating the URL of search results, for faster changes to keyword searches. 

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