Wilson Library

Rare Book Collection Recent Acquisitions Evening


PosterA not-under-glass display of additions to the Rare Book Collection from the past two years, including 16th-century English and French illustrated books, Maya colorplate volumes from the 19th century, photographic books by Ansel Adams, first editions of T.S. Eliot and Thomas Pynchon in special copies, rare African-American literary and historical works, Irish literature, Latino comics, and more.

March 31
5-7 p.m.
Grand Reading Room
Wilson Library
Free and open to the public

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: American Indians in North Carolina



Join us for an evening dedicated to editing Wikipedia. We’ll use North Carolina Collection resources to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of topics related to American Indian history and culture in North Carolina. No subject expertise or Wikipedia experience is needed. Staff will be on hand to help with research and editing. Please bring a laptop. More details here.

April 1, 2015
5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Wilson Library
Special Collections Learning Center
Free and open to the public

The Hidden Campus: Archaeological Glimpses of UNC in the Nineteenth Century



Over the past twenty years staff and students from UNC’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology have revealed evidence of the early UNC campus through numerous surveys and site excavations. The buried foundations of now-gone buildings and collections of artifacts found at several of these sites recall a quaint era of college and town life that now lies beyond personal memory. All artifacts on exhibit are from the North Carolina Archaeological Collection, UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology.

On exhibit through June 11, 2015
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Wilson Library
Free and open to the public

An Alphabet of Treasures: Special Collections from A to Z

Highlights from six of the University Library’s special collections displayed in themes for each letter of the alphabet. From A is for activism to Z is for zombies, this exhibition showcases treasures related to early university history, famous writers and scientists, political movements, and stars of popular culture.

January 26 – April 19, 2015
Melba Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Wilson Library
Free and open to the public

World War I: Holdings from Wilson Library


This exhibit, created by the students of English 54.002, showcases some of the historical documents from World War I available in the Southern Historical Collection.

Delving into the wide range of materials held in Wilson Library, each student selected a letter, diary entry, or other materials from the papers of U.S. soldiers and nurses of WWI. These men and women all have some North Carolina connection; all were born here, and many spent their whole lives and careers here. The students’ research and analysis interpret the stories of these individuals and offer us historical context through which we can understand their experiences and emotions.

Wilson Library 4th-floor reading room
Through March 26, 2015
Free and open to the public

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