â€œPictures compliment the written word,â€ says Jerry W. Cotton, archivist at the North Carolina Collection in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Started in 1928 by Mary L. Thornton, there were only 135 prints by the end of the first year. But by 1986, there were between 150,000 and 200,000 prints, including pictures of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Wright Brothers' flight, and the Union occupation of New Bern in the Civil War. There are also two special collections, Thomas Wolfe and Mrs. Bayard Wooten. These were created separately because they contained so many photographs. Archivist Jerry W. Cotton and curator Dr. H.G. Jones encourage people to donate their old photographs to the collection so they can be preserved and made available to the public.