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Saving the River One Song at a Time: The Eno River Festival Legacy

Eno River exhibit promotion

In 1966, a group of concerned citizens led by activists Margaret and Holger Nygard organized against a plan from the City of Durham to dam the Eno River for the city’s drinking water supply. The energy sparked by these initial conservation efforts led to the formation of the Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley.

Saving the River One Song at a Time: The Eno River Festival Legacy, a new exhibit in Wilson Library, features colorful and iconic festival posters from the Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley Collection in the Southern Folklife Collection; photographs and ephemera from the Margaret Nygard Papers in the Southern Historical Collection; and other print materials from the North Carolina Collection.

Through September 22, 2017
Fourth-floor reading room
Free and open to the public

Justice, Sovereignty, Resistance: Indians Take Back Robeson County

Flyer for Justice, Sovereignty, Resistance event

Students in Dr. Malinda Lowery’s Native American Tribal Studies class on Lumbee history curated the exhibit “Justice, Sovereignty, Resistance: Indians Take Back Robeson County,” which explores the events and effects of the 1988 Robesonian newspaper hostage-taking through photographs, newspaper articles, and artwork. The exhibit will be located on the main floor of Wilson Library through July 2.

A digital version of the exhibit can be seen here.

Through July 2, 2017
Wilson Library main floor
Free and open to the public

Exhibition: Memory, Reason, Imagination: 400 Years of French Printing

exhibition flyer

Items in this exhibition are drawn from the Rare Book Collection, reflecting its strong holdings in French imprints. Together, they trace the social, economic, political, and intellectual evolution of France during more than four centuries of printing history. From the fruits of the humanist presses of the 16th century to the mass-market paperbacks of the 20th century, printing technologies advanced in tandem with human creativity.

Through August 29, 2017
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

Road closure will affect building access

road closed sign

From May 15 through August 4, 2017, a segment of South Road will be closed near Wilson Library. The road immediately in front of Wilson will be open, but visitors entering campus from the east may need to choose a different route. Buses will be rerouted and detour signs will be posted. We encourage visitors to look at the UNC Facilities website and carefully plan their visits to campus.

Please contact us with any questions.

Maria R. Estorino to Lead Wilson Special Collections Library

Maria Estorino

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


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

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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