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Weekend reading room changes

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Starting August 5, all special collections materials will be served in the second-floor reading room on weekends. All collection materials will be available. We look forward to helping you with your research!

Update: On Sunday, August 13, Wilson Library will be closed for intersession.

Please contact us with any questions.

Closing soon! Memory, Reason, Imagination: 400 Years of French Printing

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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

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

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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

Meet Me on the Midway: Three Centuries of Fairs in North Carolina

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Early North Carolina fairs included exhibits to show farmers the latest developments in raising crops and animals. Fairs also provided welcome social interaction and entertainment for rural families. By the 1890s, the carnival midway with its sideshows and amusement rides had become a fair mainstay. Over the decades, fair entertainment has evolved along with the changing interests of fairgoers.

Today, more than forty agricultural fairs happen in North Carolina each year. This exhibition examines the origins of the agricultural fair and the changes that have kept it relevant for more than two hundred years.

July 5 through October 31, 2017
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Free and open to the public

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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