Wilson Library

Depression Folk: Grass Roots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America

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Ronald D. Cohen, emeritus professor of history at Indiana University Northwest, will examine the complex cultural history of folk music in America, detailing the musicians, government agencies, and record companies that had a lasting impact during the 1930s and beyond. The Down Hill Strugglers, an old-time string band based simultaneously out of Kentucky, Louisiana, and New York, will perform.

March 9, 2017
5:30 book talk by Ronald D. Cohen
6:30 concert by the Down Hill Strugglers
Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public

Charles Scott and the Integration of Varsity Sports at Carolina

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When Charles Scott took the floor for the men’s basketball team on Dec. 2, 1967, he became the first African American to play on the varsity basketball team at Carolina. It was the beginning of a legendary career for Scott and marked a turning point in University history.

A new exhibit on the fourth floor of Wilson Library places Scott’s career in context by looking at the integration of the student body at Carolina and of Chapel Hill in the 1960s.

Through April 30, 2017
Wilson Library 4th-floor reading room
Free and open to the public

World on Fire in Flames of Blood: Narratives of the Russian Revolution

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One hundred years after 1917, the Russian Revolution continues to puzzle, inspire, and horrify. Drawing chiefly from the Savine Collection, this exhibition examines the complexity of events through the prism of various narratives, from official propaganda and eyewitness accounts, to historical analyses and literary representations.

Through May 14, 2017
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

Maria R. Estorino to Lead Wilson Special Collections Library

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria R. Estorino as director of the Louis Round Wilson Library and associate University librarian for special collections, effective January 1, 2017. Read more about this appointment on the Library’s news blog.

Alumna Florence Fearrington Gives $5 Million to Wilson Special Collections Library

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Florence Fearrington has given $5 million to the University Library in support of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. The gift is the largest ever made to Carolina’s libraries. In recognition, the grand reading room in Wilson Library will be renamed the Fearrington Reading Room. Fearrington, a 1958 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, was honored as a Distinguished Alumna at this year’s University Day convocation, on Oct. 11, for her pioneering career in finance and her achievements as a collector of rare books. The full story is on the Library’s news blog.

UNC T-shirt archive

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The University Archives has launched an online UNC T-Shirt Archive that archivists hope will capture a fun and meaningful facet of campus life. The T-shirt archive seeks only photographs of T-shirts, not the actual items. There are two ways to contribute:

  1. Visit unctshirtarchive.tumblr.com to learn about the project and upload a photograph of your t-shirt;
  2. Share on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MyUNCTShirt. If it’s a t-shirt not yet in the collection, an archivist will reach out to you.

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