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From Frock Coats to Flip-flops: 100 Years of Fashion at Carolina


In 1900 the properly dressed Carolina student ordered his clothes from a tailor and wore shirts with stiff collars. During the ensuing hundred years campus dress became increasingly less formal, and by the year 2000 classrooms were filled with students in T-shirts and flip-flops. This exhibition explores the stylistic shifts that took us from collared to casual, and what these changes — big and small, gradual and sudden — reveal about twentieth-century student life at Carolina.

Through June 5, 2016
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Free and open to the public

Grants will preserve rare music recordings in Southern Folklife Collection


Two grants totaling $45,000 will help to preserve rare musical recordings in the Southern Folklife Collection. The recordings include performances by traditional North Carolina musicians Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten and Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson. Using awards from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Recording Preservation Foundation, the SFC will create archival copies of the fragile recordings and place them online for the first time. “These sounds are a national treasure,” said Steve Weiss, curator of the SFC. “We cannot wait to bring them to fresh generations of listeners, researchers, students, and fans.”

Corruption of the Innocents: Controversies about Popular Children’s Books


This exhibition showcases controversial British and American children’s literature and highlights the research of 22 UNC undergraduates. Curated by students in Professor Laurie Langbauer’s ENGL 295 class, Corruption of the Innocents draws on the Libraries’ centuries-old treasures of popular children’s books. It explores the menace that a variety of those forms — fairy tales, dime novels, and comic books among them — have seemed to pose.

Through August 15, 2016
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

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