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Southern Folklife Collection

Join Yasmin Williams, Alice Gerrard and John W. Evans Jr. for stories and music celebrating the life of legendary North Carolina musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten.

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Don’t miss the first-ever screenings of two newly-preserved films that document some of North Carolina’s most recognizable folk traditions. This two-part series of virtual film screenings looks at the family-run potteries of the eastern Piedmont and the renowned old-time music of Surry County.

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Fascinating. Magical. Surprising. Even a brief power outage could not dampen the enthusiasm and curiosity of more than 300 visitors to the 2019 Recent Acquisitions Evening at the Wilson Special Collections Library on April 4.  As attendees circulated through the Fearrington Reading Room, they enjoyed an unprecedented encounter with rare and …

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In a 1974 photo from Carolina that Ken Burns used in the "Country Music" documentary, Johnny Cash holds up an American Flag. (From Hugh Morton Photographs and Films #P0081, copyright, North Carolina Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill Library.)

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ research team looked at thousands of digitized images across multiple collections that document the country music industry.

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From Andy Griffith to Zilphia Horton — the SFC has been collecting the sounds and culture of the American South for three decades. Happy birthday, SFC!

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Celebrate more than 100 additions to the Wilson Special Collections Library from the past two years during this open house event. Staff members will guide you in an up-close experience with outstanding rare and one-of-a-kind items that help define Carolina’s libraries.

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