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A Commencement Glimpse at UNC’s Past, May 8 in Wilson Library


University History Lives in Wilson Library
Saturday, May 8
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Information: (919) 962-0104

The Wilson Special Collections Library will take Commencement visitors to UNC’s past with an open house on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A selection of photographs, yearbooks, and other materials from UNC’s past will be on display, along with other items from Wilson Library’s historic collections.

Wilson Library is located on the south side of Polk Place, opposite South Building. It is home to the North Carolina Collection and North Carolina Collection Gallery; the Rare Book Collection; the Southern Historical and Southern Folklife collections; and University Archives and Records Management Services.

Special archival exhibits in the lobby will include:

  • Photographs from the 1959-60 academic year, in honor of the class’s 50th reunion;
  • Yearbooks, Daily Tar Heels, commencement programs, and records from the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies;
  • Archival items related to Tar Heels of yesteryear, including President Frank Porter Graham (class of 1909), author Walker Percy (1937), bandleader Kay Kyser (1927), and students from the early nineteenth century;
  • Treasures from the Rare Book Collection, including early printing and significant literary editions;
  • Rare musical recordings, including Dolly Parton’s first recording, “Puppy Love,” made in 1960 when she was 13 years old.

In addition to the lobby display, visitors are also invited to view the following exhibitions in Wilson Library:


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