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Appointment: Director of the Southern Historical Collection

giemza headshot_smallThe University Library is pleased to welcome Bryan Giemza as director of the Southern Historical Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library, effective July 14, 2014.

Bryan will provide vision and leadership for the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) and ensure its continued preeminence as the leading repository of unique materials related to the American South. He will pursue an active collecting program that supports existing and emerging areas of strength, including the ethnic south, antebellum plantation life, slavery, the American Civil War, the Long Civil Rights Movement, and social and political change.

Bryan will work closely with current and potential donors, pursue grant and other funding opportunities, and manage funds assigned to the SHC.

In coordination with Library staff, he will promote and set priorities for the preservation of and access to SHC holdings, and he will direct an active program of exhibits and physical and online presentations of holdings. As a member of the Wilson Library management group, he will help plan and implement special collections goals and priorities, and will promote expanded use of special collections at UNC.

Prior to this appointment, Bryan served as associate professor of American literature at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, and a J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bryan was a recipient of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Rising Star Award in 2012. The award recognizes superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service among early-career faculty.

Contact Bryan Giemza at 919-962-4341 or bryan@unc.edu.

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