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They Found It In The Archives! 2011 Contest Winners

Update, June 7, 2011: Vote for Katy Simpson Smith’s essay in the national “I Found It In the Archives” contest.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 “I Found It In The Archives” contest. Their essays describe a discovery in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library that made a difference in their personal or professional life.

Katy Simpson Smith (winner), a Ph.D. candidate in history. She tells her story of discovery in the archives and how her family was able to bond over a cryptography competition based on an eighteenth-century diary.

Anne Mitchell Whisnant (first runner-up), Director of Research, Communications, and Programs in the Office of Faculty Governance. Her essay recounts a research project that ultimately led not only to a dissertation but also to her meeting her future husband.

Anna Maxwell Snyder (second runner-up), a recent graduate. She shares how working on a class project in the archives inspired her to pursue a career in public history and archives.

Their winning essays are now online. Smith’s essay will be forwarded to the Society of American Archivists for entry in a national “I Found It In the Archives” competition.

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