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History of UNC Buildings and Libraries in Pair of Exhibits

A Dialogue Between Old and New: Notable Buildings on the UNC Campus
Feb. 23 – May 31, 2012
North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Special Collections Library

Knowledge Building(s): The Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
March 1 – May 31, 2012
Davis Library Gallery

From the engraved plate of Old East’s 1793 cornerstone to photographs and blueprints of Davis Library, UNC history buffs have two opportunities this spring to learn more about Carolina’s storied buildings.

Lux Libertas in Perpetuity: Historic Preservation at UNC (read more)
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
5:00 p.m. | Exhibit Viewing
5:30 p.m. | Program
Wilson Special Collections LibraryUNC’s Historic Preservation Officer Wendy Hillis will give the 2012 Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture on the architecture and history of UNC buildings.

A pair of new Library exhibits presents photographs, blueprints, architectural drawings, artifacts, and documents about campus buildings.

A Dialogue Between Old and New: Notable Buildings on the UNC Campus is on view in the North Carolina Collection Gallery of the Wilson Special Collections Library. Visitors will find such items as lottery tickets sold in 1802 to finance the final construction of South Building; objects from nineteenth-century dining hall Steward’s Hall, on loan from the UNC Research Labs of Archaeology; and images of campus buildings from the founding of the University, through the building program of the 1920s, to the modern era.

Meanwhile, Davis Library hosts the companion exhibit Knowledge Building(s): The Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, sponsored by the University Archives and Records Management Services. The exhibit traces the history of library buildings at UNC, including Smith Hall (now Historic Playmakers Theatre); Carnegie Library (now Hill Hall); Wilson Library; and Davis Library, which opened in 1984. Selected student artwork capturing reflections and perspectives of the libraries is also exhibited.

Linda Jacobson, keeper of the North Carolina Collection Gallery, and Jay Gaidmore, university archivist, curated Notable Buildings. UNC School of Information and Library Science student Jennie Rose Halperin curated the exhibit about campus libraries.

“Our goal was to select buildings that were especially significant to the history and growth of the University and showed the breadth of the many architectural styles on campus,” said Gaidmore. “We have also done extensive research in the collections of Wilson Library to find interesting facts and historical tidbits that may be surprising to many visitors.”

Both exhibits will be on view through May 31 and are free and open to the public.

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