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


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.

Exhibition: Folk Music in Overdrive: Bluegrass Music in the Southern Folklife Collection

band boarding bus

The history of bluegrass music illustrated through rare archival photographers, posters, song folios, recordings, and ephemera from the Southern Folklife Collection.

4th-floor reading room

The Presidents in the Library: from Washington to Obama


As the nation prepares to elect its 45th President, an exhibition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Special Collections Library offers a look back at Presidents 1 through 44. The Presidents in the Library: from Washington to Obama represents every American President through documents, letters, news stories, books, art, and objects that are part of the Library’s special collections. For more information see the Library’s news blog.

Through January 8, 2017
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

Sounds Stilled: Musical Photographs by Don Sturkey, 1956-1988


The current exhibition in the North Carolina Collection Gallery explores musical performance through the medium of photography. Sounds Stilled: Musical Photographs by Don Sturkey, 1956-1988 features sixty-one photographs of musical greats and local artists taken during appearances in North Carolina. Iconic acts include Elvis Presley, The Monkees, The Kingston Trio, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, and more.

Through February 5, 2017
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Free and open to the public

UNC T-shirt archive

UNC t-shirts

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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