Three hundred t-shirts—mementos of Chapel Hill’s vibrant music scene—have a new home at Wilson Library. Bill Smith, head chef at Crook’s Corner and a founder of the Carrboro music venue Cat’s Cradle,has given the shirts to the Southern Folklife Collection.
The Independent Weekly highlighted the gift in a recent issue.
Smith began collecting the shirts some 30 years ago and they document some of the best-known acts to pass through town. But, as Smith told the Indy, “I’ve sort of outgrown them, shall we say.”
The Southern Folklife Collection, which will be celebrating its quarter-century this fall, collects and preserves Southern music, art, and culture. The collection contains more than 250,000 sound recordings, as well as video recordings, photographs, posters, books, manuscripts, and ephemera.
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- Southern Folklife Collection