Author Archives: Biff Hollingsworth

October Has Come Again: Southern Literary Symposium

October 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Hill Ballroom, Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC In his 1935 novel Of Time and the River, Thomas Wolfe wrote, “October had come again, and he would lie there in his mother’s house … Continue reading

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Announcing the launch of the Student Health Coalition project website

A pioneering online archive about student activism in the 1960s and 70s goes public on Thursday, March 31, 2016.  The website (studenthealthcoalition.web.unc.edu) is the digital home for video clips, historic photos, and personal profiles from former activists in the rural … Continue reading

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Have You Heard of the Montford Point Marines?

On Saturday, August 1, 2015, I had the honor of attending a ceremony for the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to the family of Sgt. James Andrew Felton (1919-1994), a Montford Point Marine. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian … Continue reading

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Founded in 1865: African American Churches at the End of the Civil War

This year marks the close of the Sesquicentennial (150th) commemoration of the American Civil War, but it also marks the anniversary of the founding of many important institutions in the African American community, as many black churches trace their origins to this … Continue reading

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March is Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, this blog post is dedicated to Sallie Swepson Sims Southall Cotten (1846-1929) of Pitt County, N.C. Sallie Cotten was a campaigner for women’s issues, with a focus on achieving equal education and legal status … Continue reading

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Happy Groundhog Day from the SHC!

    There are few winter days after the start of the New Year that are exciting, but in the midst of the cold, gray winter comes a ray of hope in the form of Groundhog Day!  As a native … Continue reading

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Preserving Historical Perspectives: Pearl Harbor and Mississippi Histories at the SHC

This Week in History On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a surprise attack against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This attack is what led to the United States entering World War II. Below … Continue reading

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Keeping it cool, dry, and constant

Contributed by Biff Hollingsworth, Collecting and Outreach Archivist A few weeks ago, SHC Director Bryan Giemza and I traveled to the Mississippi Delta to discuss the preservation of several archival collections found in the area. During the visit I couldn’t … Continue reading

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