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The North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives is pleased to announce that a new finding aid is now available for the United States Navy Pre-Flight School (University of North Carolina) Photographic Collection (#P0027).  This collection of nearly 6,000 images documents the day-to-day operations of the  pre-flight school that operated on the campus of the University of […]

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NPR’s Morning Edition today featured North Carolina author and UNC-Chapel Hill professor Randall Kenan discussing James Baldwin. Kenan is the editor of a soon-to-be published volume of Baldwin’s uncollected writing. The book is Kenan’s second work on the writer. He published a young adult biography of Baldwin in 1994. Listening to the interview with Kenan, […]

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“[In 1965]  ‘A Patch of Blue’ inflamed some Southerners…. Authorities discovered a homemade bomb with five sticks of dynamite planted in a Concord, North Carolina, theater. Luckily, the bomb malfunctioned…. “[Two years later] in Lexington, North Carolina, 20 Ku Klux Klan members picketed a drive-in theater [showing ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’], carrying signs that […]

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If you’ve ever visited the Knapp-Sanders Building on UNC’s campus, you’ve probably noticed one of the large murals adorning the interior. Commissioned in 1954, the murals were painted by Frances Vandeveer Kughler and depict events and themes important to North Carolina’s development. [To view images of the murals and read more about them see: http://www.sog.unc.edu/75/murals.htm] […]

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NC Bible Records Update

On 26 May 2009, we featured a project by the North Carolina State Archives and the North Carolina State Library, “North Carolina Family Records Online.” Well, we recently received word that over 300 additions have been made, mainly focusing on surnames that begin with the letters G-L. Check it out.

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Death noted: Before James J. Kilpatrick reconstructed himself as the Avuncular Grammarian, he functioned as segregation’s most emphatic theoretician, one day touting the legal stratagem of interposition, the next accusing the New York Times of “Negrophilia… a pattern we are getting pretty God-damned sick of.” Only rarely in those days was Kilpatrick’s racial bias mitigated […]

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On this day in 1897: President William McKinley, en route to Washington by train, arrives in Asheville for an overnight stay at the Biltmore House. George W. Vanderbilt is out of the country and has left in charge E.J. Harding, who precipitates a minor flap by briefly refusing entrance to the White House press. “Mr. […]

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This month, Documenting the American South highlights the North Carolina Society of Friends. Check it out at: The North Carolina Society of Friends

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– In praise of an unidentified piece of wood and other “stuff from the attic.” — Or  maybe your tastes run to an identified piece of wood. — Quite an eBay offering of early paper items from Statesville (scroll down). — Should Moore County’s much-traveled World War I monument be moved to the Pik-N-Pig?  Michael […]

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“North Carolinians assembled in an auditorium at Charlotte one evening last week to see and hear what sort of person was Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross, the woman whom Wyoming elected three years ago to fill out her deceased husband’s term as Governor (1925-27). “Mrs. Ross soon demonstrated her femininity. Down an aisle, terrified by the […]

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