When Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams graces the cover of Thursday night’s season opening football game program, it will be a far cry from the 50-cent publications that fans held in the stands when North Carolina and South Carolina met at the 1955 Oyster Bowl.
Sixty years ago, that program featured a hand-drawn picture of non-descript players on the front page — a far cry from today’s glossy magazines. Other changes in the Tar Heel publications over the decades — from images to players to fonts — can be found in Wilson Library’s North Carolina Collection. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, also in Wilson Library, has created a new online digitized library of the nearly 100 years of program covers.
“It really give us a context,” said Nicholas Graham, program coordinator of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. “It helps to give a long view of the athletics program here. I think that football has been an important part of culture on campus for over a hundred years, and these demonstrate that.”
To keep reading, please see “Showcasing a Century of Football.”
By Brandon Bieltz, courtesy of UNC Office of Communications and Public Affairs