Author Archives: Claudia Funke

Waving the Flag—in 1910

On the 4th of July, many will be waving the U.S. flag. In 1910, when sixteen-year-old poet Christina Moody was publishing, it would have been the 46-star one, like that above. We post the flag of Christina’s era on this … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday W. B. Yeats (1865–1939)

The Rare Book Collection joins in the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats by posting this portrait of him from Mosada: A Dramatic Poem, his first separately published work.  The drama had appeared in … Continue reading

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Honoring Alumni Collectors: Bernard J. Flatow, in memoriam

This past Saturday, Wilson Library  opened for alumni reunions on campus. And in the Grand Reading Room, a display from the Rare Book Collection demonstrated the diverse collecting interests of UNC graduates. Among the titles exhibited was an early geographical … Continue reading

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Oxford Dictionaries Word of 2013 Inspires Evening of Dance

“Please take out your phones. Please turn your ringers on, your volume on high. Please take phone calls. Please text. Please take photographs. If you tweet, set your profile from private to public. Tweet images and text with the hashtag … Continue reading

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Tales of Terror

Happy Halloween to our followers! For this “holiday” of ghosts and goblins, we offer you images from a recent acquisition, Tales of Terror (London, 1801), complete with its ghoulish full-plate illustrations. The work was long attributed to M. G. “Monk” … Continue reading

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On the Road—at the Center of the Earth

You can’t visit a country named Ecuador without setting foot on the equator. It wouldn’t be right. And so last month, when this blogger found herself in the small South American nation, she journeyed to Mitad del Mundo, the official site of the imaginary … Continue reading

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On the Road: The Manuscript Road Trip Reaches Chapel Hill

Lisa Fagin Davis’s popular virtual road trip has reached the Carolinas. Enjoy learning about some of UNC’s great medieval treasures, including one of its oldest Western manuscripts, a detail of which is shown above. Go to the lively blog and … Continue reading

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In Memoriam George E. Stuart (1935–2014)

The Rare Book Collection and the University Library mourn the loss of George Stuart (Ph.D. 1975), beloved good friend and benefactor.  

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Le Grand Siècle Chez RBC

A week ago, on a stormy Thursday, May 15, Wilson Library gave shelter to sessions of the 2014 Conference of the North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature (NASSCFL). At lunch hour, the Rare Book Collection mounted a selection of … Continue reading

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Student-Curated Exhibition: Imagining the U.S. Civil War

The RBC is pleased to be sponsoring the current Wilson Library exhibition, Imagining the U.S. Civil War 1861-1900, curated by Professor Eliza Richards’s undergraduate seminar in American literature.  On April 24, the show opened with a lively reception, where the 21 student … Continue reading

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