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Archive for December, 2006

President Gerald Ford spent time in Chapel Hill on a couple of occasions as a young man. He was enrolled at the UNC Law School in the summer of 1938, and then returned to campus in 1942 to attend the U.S. Navy’s Pre-Flight School training program. Ford reflected on his time here in 1979 in […]

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Life’s Luxuries

I like the detailed engravings that you find in so many 19th-century books and periodicals. The complicated machine shown here is from the Historical and Descriptive Review of the State of North Carolina, a business directory published in Charleston in 1885. The engraving appeared in an ad for James Redmond of New Bern, a “wholesale […]

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Old Christmas

Not had your fill of Christmas? January 5th marks the celebration of “Old Christmas” in Rodanthe on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Folks will be celebrating the day Christmas used to fall on before the British Empire adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. Find out more about the celebration and about “Old Buck,” who puts in […]

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We’re Number Ten!

The Census Bureau’s 2006 State Population Estimate, released yesterday, has North Carolina passing New Jersey to become the tenth most populous state in the country. But this is no long rise to glory, rather, it’s a return to a spot we know well. North Carolina has hovered around the tenth spot in the population numbers […]

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Tidbits from the CSR

For those of you who haven’t heard, the North Carolina Collection and Documenting the American South are digitizing the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, a thirty-volume set of transcribed documents covering the history of North Carolina from the 1600s to 1790. Now, before you start searching Google for the electronic versions of this […]

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Committee of Secrecy

Insurgents, secret subpoenas and hearings? When you hear these topics, you probably think of current events, right? Well, that may be the case, but North Carolina’s Fourth Provincial Congress, called and led by patriot leaders from April to May 1776, dealt with these issues as well. The congress created a “Committee of Secrecy, Intelligence, and […]

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If you’re looking to start a book collection, but are having trouble finding the right niche to specialize in, I’ve got just the thing: trucker poetry. I stumbled across what appears to be the North Carolina Collection’s sole title in this genre, Rotha Dawkins’s Driving ‘N Dreaming (Your Treasure Publications, 2001). Dawkins is the author […]

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Limbs and Needles

I’ve been catching up on my holiday reading, browsing through back issues of Limbs & Needles, the journal of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association. So far I’ve learned about Sudden Oak Death, the proper time of year to graft a Fraser Fir, and the possibility of importing Turkish Fir seedlings from Turkey. Limbs & […]

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Claymania in the NCC

Just in case you had the impression that the North Carolina Collection was nothing more than a collection of dry, historical tomes, I want to point out that with the recent acquisition of Out of the Blue: “Clay” it Forward: How One Man & His Fans are Changing the World, we now hold seven titles […]

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I found this bookplate in one of the North Carolina Collection’s copies of Hugh Lefler’s Orange County, 1752-1952 (Orange Printshop, 1953). Apparently the book belonged at one time to the library of the best-selling author to have come from Chapel Hill. Betty Smith came to Chapel Hill in the 1930s to work with the Federal […]

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