As more than 29,000 students return to Carolina’s campus, we welcome them back with our August Artifacts of the Month, a menu board and stool from the Daily Grind Café. The Daily Grind served coffee in a small, lively space adjacent to UNC’s Student Stores for more than twenty-two years. When news broke at the end of last school year that the Café would close in the summer of 2016, students, faculty, and staff mourned the loss of a campus institution.

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These items serve as a reminder of just how fun and innovative The Daily Grind was. For over two decades, the cafe provided students with freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee in a multitude of ways — like their Crème Brulee and Snickerdoodle “Magical Mochas,” as seen on this menu board.

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One-of-a-kind painted stools like this one offered the perfect perch for employees of the one-of-a-kind café, where students met up with friends, chatted with professors, or just took a break as they looked out into the Pit.

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After Barnes and Noble assumed management of the Student Stores, the Daily Grind Café moved out of its location at the heart of campus. Yet students should have no fear! The Friends Café at the Health Sciences Library still serves the same “mean beans” as its sister café, with an extensive espresso drink list and fresh treats served every weekday.

The North Carolina Collection Gallery is honored to preserve these and other Daily Grind artifacts as a reminder of a beloved campus café. Getting coffee at the Daily Grind was more than a quick break — it was a UNC tradition.

For more Carolina traditions, both old and new, visit the exhibit Classic Carolina: Traditions Then and Now in the Gallery. The exhibit, dedicated to all of our new Tar Heels, shares Carolina food, athletic, and dorm traditions from the mid-twentieth century.

“The founders who crafted the original state governments… thought it was a good idea for ministers to stay out of politics.

“The state constitutions of North Carolina (1776), New York (1777), Georgia (1777), South Carolina (1778), Delaware (1792),Tennessee (1796), Maryland (1799), and Kentucky (1799) all banned clergymen from running for office.

“The 1776 North Carolina Constitution states that ‘no clergyman, or preacher of the gospel of any denomination, shall be capable of being a member of either the Senate, House of Commons, or Council of State, while he continues in the exercise of the pastoral function.’ ”

— From “Why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep ministers from public office” by John Fea at Religion News Service (Aug. 15)



There may be a month left to go this solar summer, but the summer travel season will be wrapping up between now and Labor Day.  For those whose oceanside vacation still awaits, you will probably notice that the beach fashion scene has changed a wee bit in the past 110 years!  I doubt any records would have been broken at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with athletes wearing these anti-hydrodynamical outfits.

On this day in 1943: Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” destined to become one of the best-selling novels of all time, hits bookstore shelves across the state.

The author is a former Brooklyn telephone operator who arrived in Chapel Hill on a bus with her two young daughters in 1938. She came only to study play writing at the university but makes Chapel Hill her home.

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” a warm, coming-of-age story set in a city slum, was rejected by 12 publishing houses before being accepted by Harper and Bros. It will also be made into a movie and a Broadway play.

Although she will die in a Connecticut convalescent home in 1972, Betty Smith returns to be buried in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

[Betty Smith, inventor of the “beat cop”?]


“A large ‘possum occupied an exalted position on one of the wagons [in the parade celebrating President Taft’s 1909 visit to Charlotte], and the President laughed outright when he witnessed in the raw the meat that made his Georgia trip some months ago memorable.

“This was merely a forerunner, however, to the ‘Possum Club [float], which contained a number of ‘possums up in a huge limb and a number of hounds furiously barking after them. …. The Chief Executive continued to laugh as the float moved into the distance. It had impressed him mightily.”

— From a souvenir booklet commemorating Taft’s visit [souvenir postcard here]

In 1909, of course, controversy had not yet attached to the use of possums for entertainment purposes.


Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective opened this past Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. The Museum of History is the sixth venue for the exhibition since its debut in August 2013 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone.  The Morton photographs will be at the museum for more than a year!  Admission is free.  If you are looking for ways to beat the triple-digit heat index temperatures we’ve been experiencing in the eastern part of the state in recent days, a visit to Museum of History may be just the ticket.  The exhibition looks terrific!  The museum’s staff designed the exhibition to flow chronologically and several images sport new descriptive labels, so if you’ve seen the exhibition once before it is worth seeing it again.

There will be several programs at the museum related to the exhibition in the coming months, including “Hugh Morton, More Than Bridges and Bears” with Hugh Morton’s grandson Jack Morton and the exhibition’s curator Stephen J. Fletcher, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archivist, on December 8, 2016, 5:30-8:00 pm.

“So overeager were mothers toward their sick children that in 1844 the Raleigh Star complained that the results were counterproductive. Maternal fussiness was a reason why, the editor asserted, one-fifth of North Carolina infants died before reaching a year of age. They are ‘over-fed, over-clothed, take too little exercise in the air.’

“Swaddling was not common, so far as we know, but obviously the mothers of whom the writer spoke were killing their young with kindness and restricting their movements in some way.”

– From “Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South” by Bertram Wyatt-Brown (2007)


“While [James] Taylor is known mostly for writing his own songs… he has turned to numerous Jewish songwriting duos for material, including Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (‘My Romance’), Burt Bacharach and Hal David (‘[The Man Who Shot] Liberty Valance’) and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (‘Hound Dog’).

“Of Scottish heritage himself, and a native New Englander who grew up mostly in North Carolina, Taylor… has surrounded himself in his adult life with Jewish musicians, friends and collaborators, most notably his first wife, Carly Simon….”

— From “The Secret Jewish History of James Taylor” by


Set in the Southern Part of Heaven: Chapel Hill Through Authors’ Eyes

North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC Chapel Hill

June 20 – Oct. 2, 2016

Bibliography of works included in the exhibition:

Adams, Alice. Careless Love. New York, N.Y.: New American Library, 1967.

Athas, Daphne. Entering Ephesus. Sag Harbor, NY: Second Chance Press, 1991.

Bache, Ellyn. The Activist’s Daughter. [Uncorrected proof]. Duluth, Minn.: Spinsters Ink, 1997.

Battle, Kemp P. History of the University of North Carolina. Reprint Co., 1974.

Betts, Doris. Souls Raised from the Dead : a Novel. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 1994.

Blythe, Will. To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever : a Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry. New York: Harper, 2007.

Brown, Nic. Doubles : a Novel. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2010.

Correll, Jon. The Sparks Fly Upward. Portland, Oregon: Inkwater Press, 2013.

Deford, Frank. Everybody’s all-American. 1st Da Capo Press ed. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2004.

Diary entry from Karen L. Parker,  Collection #5275, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ehle, John. Move over, Mountain. 1st ed., 50th anniversary ed. Winston-Salem, N.C.: Press 53, 2007.

Fahy, Thomas Richard. Night Visions. 1st ed. New York, NY: Dark Alley, 2004.

Fox, Missy Julian. Goodnight Carolina. Carrboro, N.C.: McDonald & Associates, 2012.

Freymann-Weyr, Garret. Pretty Girls : a Novel. 1st ed. New York: Crown, 1988.

Fuller, Edwin W. Sea-gift : a Novel. North Carolina?: G. H. Dortch, 1940.

Green, Paul. Dog on the Sun : a Volume of Stories. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1949.

Hawkins, Jeremy. The Last Days of Video : a Novel. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint Press, 2015.

Link, Phil. Another Time : a Fictional Story of the Truth About Fraternities at Chapel Hill in the 30’s. Greensboro, N.C.: Carolina Cerulean Books, 1990.

McConnaughey, James. Village Chronicle. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1936.

Mebane, Mary E. Mary, Wayfarer : an Autobiography. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Moore, John W. The Heirs of St. Kilda : a Story of the Southern Past. Raleigh: Edwards, Broughton, 1881.

Morgan, Diana. Chapel Hill. Warner Books ed. New York: Warner Books, 1992.

Pahlow, Gertrude. Cabin in the Pines. Philadelphia: Penn Pub., 1935.

Patterson, James. Kiss the Girls : a Novel. 1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1995.

Poem by George Moses Horton, Collection #4799-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prince, William Meade. The Southern Part of Heaven. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1969.

Rochelle, Larry. Back to the Rat. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: [Larry Rochelle], 2013.

Rochelle, Warren. The Called. 1st ed. Urbana, IL: Golden Gryphon Press, 2010.

Ruark, Robert Chester. Poor No More. Corgi ed. London: Corgi Books, 1968.

Scott, Joanna C. Child of the South. Berkley trade pbk. ed. New York: Berkley Books, 2009.

Vining, Elizabeth Gray. Jane Hope. New York: Viking Press, 1947.

Watkins, Graham. Dark Winds. Berkley ed. New York: Berkley Books, 1989.

Weinholtz, Donn. Carolina Blue : a Novella. Hartford, Connecticut: Full Media Services, 2012.

Wolfe, Thomas. Look Homeward, Angel : a Story of the Buried Life. New York: Scribner’s, 1929.

Livermush hails from North Carolina hilltops and foothills that once hummed with tractors, textile mills and furniture factories. Families that ate livermush lived frugally and made do with homemade. But most started buying commercially made once it became available in country and company stores during the Depression.

“Unlike bacon and country ham (or, for that matter, chitlins), livermush never took off. To this day, the epicenter of livermush is a handful of counties in western North Carolina where the five commercial producers — Mack’s, Neese’s, Jenkins, Hunter’s and Corriher’s — remain.

“I was served plenty of livermush when I was a little kid, mostly because my granddaddy loved it. I tapered off livermush as I grew up and headed out into the world….

“For about 30 years, I made one annual exception, at the North Carolina State Fair. Neese’s and/or Jenkins always had a booth in the Jim Graham Building, where workers cut bricks of livermush into bites the size of sugar cubes, fried them up and stabbed them onto frill picks. Fairgoers would queue patiently, awaiting their turn to lift a pick from the tray and pop that free bite into their mouths as though it were a communion wafer….

“These days I don’t eat livermush as often as I could, but I defend it as often as I can…. I am from western North Carolina, and I know my place.

— From “Why Livermush Matters to North Carolina” by Sheri Castle at Extra Crispy (Aug. 2)


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