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Was it serendipity? Or the hand of providence? As the staff of the North Carolina Collection Gallery prepared for our exhibit on the Carolina Playmakers, we contended with a number of difficult decisions about what to include. With dozens and dozens of playbills from which to select, sometimes the choice came down to factors as […]

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“In modern America, anyone who attempts to write satirically about the events of the day finds it difficult to concoct a situation so bizarre that it may not actually come to pass while his article is still on the presses.” – The “(Harry) Golden Rule,” as posited by New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin High on […]

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Sir Henry Yelverton, the king’s attorney general, was no friend to Sir Walter Ralegh. Yelverton owed his office to the influence of the Howards, the great and powerful Catholic family, secret pensioners of the king of Spain and long-time virulent enemies of Ralegh. And yet, in the attorney’s solemn address before the King’s Bench at […]

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Our October Artifact of the Month serves as an important reminder: Hollywood dazzle aside, the impulse to turn a two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional experience is nothing new. The artifact in question, a 19th-century stereoscope, comes from the collection of the NCC Photographic Archives. The stereoscope gives the illusion of depth to a side-by-side pair […]

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One hundred fourteen years ago, the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company opened for business in Durham. As this article by Harry McKown explains, North Carolina Mutual grew to become the largest African American managed financial institution in the United States — no small feat for a company whose founders included a man born into […]

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“If you don’t need it, DON’T BUY IT.” It sounds like the advice of a frugal mother, but during World War II those words were issued from the federal government to all Americans on the home front. It was only seventy years ago that U.S. citizens were asked to be judicious in their shopping, driving, […]

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We hope you’ll join us this afternoon for a free public lecture by Yale historian Glenda Gilmore. The details: “Knowledge Capital and Human Flourishing: Educating North Carolinians, 1865–1970″ Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 Wilson Special Collections Library 5:30 pm, Pleasants Family Assembly Room The lecture is the keynote address for the statewide conference New Voyages to […]

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