View some of our completed history projects including biographies, i autobiographies, memory books and family histories.

Our projects

Our projects are always evolving and growing. Here is a small sample of completed work.

Completed projects

Keith Amos: A Celebration of His Life
Keith Amos made his mark wherever he went. Growing up in small town Minden, LA, he was known as the smart kid who had gifts and talents to make something special of himself. As a student at Xavier University in New Orleans, teachers and fellow students recognized that Keith was going to be going places. At Harvard Med School, his growing talent as a physician was starting to blossom. His skilled precision as a surgeon grew exponentially when he was a resident as Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University Med School in St. Louis. His natural ability to connect with patients came into full fruition during his surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson in Houston. His innate passion for advocacy and teaching combined with his other natural talents at the Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC-Chapel Hill to make Keith the ideal doctor. But Keith was more than that. His love for his wife and his children, his generosity with friends, and his zest for life created a man with an indomitable spirit. This is his story.

Keith Amos: A Celebration of His Life is available from

Webbed Toes: A Birth Mother's Life Story By Winifred Latham
In this personal history publication, Winifred Latham takes readers on the journey of her life, from growing up in small town Washington, North Carolina, to earning a nursing degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, to locales both stateside and international during her career as a United States Air Force nurse during the Vietnam War era. This candid memoir shares Latham's story as a young woman who was date raped before finishing nursing school in the late 1950s and, finding herself pregnant, her agonizing decision to give the baby up for adoption. Woven throughout the narrative is her struggle to maintain the secret that she carried with her for 35 years. Latham's story goes full circle when she receives a letter out of the blue from a woman who knows about the child she thought she would never see again. This book is available on Amazon and can be ordered at a discount from Lulu

MaryMac Kear's Chapel Hill Scrapbooks
This volume reproduces photographs, correspondence, ticket stubs, and other souvenirs collected by MaryMac Kear during her time in the Chapel Hill in the 1930s and 1940s. It is the ultimate preservation of a family member's cherished memories.
All Night Parties, Cocktail Bars: Ten Years of Touring, Friendship and Fun
Amanda Pustz celebrated her friendship with Rhonda Rivera with this 150-page book. It explores their relationship through ten years of correspondence, photographs and mementoes.

Ingrahaven — A Hundred Years By Elizabeth Reid Murray
This publication explores the history of the house named Ingrahaven in Wadesboro, North Carolina, built and owned by members of the Ingram-Little-Davis family. The book also recollects some family history as well as provides a look at everyday life for a family in North Carolina from 1912-2012.

Photographs By Inez H. Nash
This art book features a selection of photos taken by local photographer Inez Nash.

Mary Werner Beckman: In Her Own Words
Personal history publication based on oral history recordings

Quin Murray's Middle Eastern Trip Travel Journal
Illustrated transcript of a 1973 travel journal
History of the Sandwich Club
of Raleigh, North Carolina

Co-authored with Dr. Raymond L. Murray

Memory Frame
Wedding Anniversary of a local couple,
Robert and Jo

Memory Frame
Wedding Anniversary of a local couple, Juan and Anna

Zell Brown Chapman
Family photograph album also includes short narratives on the history of Zell Brown Chapman and her family. This Memory Book was created for our client's grandmother who had dementia. It focuses on photographs and is organized chronologically with a short family history so her grandmother could acquaint herself with her own past. An excellent tool for reminiscence therapy.
Don & Linda: 45 Years
This tribute book celebrates a couple's 45th wedding anniversary through the stories and good wishes of friends, family and loved ones.

Family photograph album
Project included digitizing and editing family photos

Adoption Photo Book
Raymond L. Murray Papers
Facilitated large donation of books and papers to NC State University Libraries on behalf of former NC State Professor

Other projects from IHS historians

Wake: Capital County of North Carolina, Vol. 2 by Elizabeth Reid Murray and K. Todd Johnson.
Collaboration including writing, editing, organization and development of footnotes and bibliography.
Historic Raleigh, co-authored with Kenneth E. Peters. Photographic history narrative published by Arcadia Publishing as part of "Images in America" book series, 128 pp., July 2002. Historic Raleigh traces the city's transformation from its earliest days as a seat of government to today's role as one of the South's premier cities.
Businesses That Built Raleigh. Exhibit Catalog published by Sheriar Press for the Raleigh City Museum, 50 pp., September 2001. Features a narrative of the history of businesses in Raleigh, oral histories, and business biographies.
Let Us March On: Raleigh's Journey Toward Civil Rights. Exhibit Catalog published by Sheriar Press for the Raleigh City Museum, 40 pp., April 2000. Features a narrative on the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Raleigh; oral histories; and a chronology of civil rights events both locally and nationally. Recipient of the 2000 North Carolina Museums Council Print Award.