Author Archives: Lawrence Giffin, Records Services Archivist

Dr. Tim McMillan on WUNC

If you missed Tim McMillan’s Black and Blue Tour this semester, which traces African American history at UNC, you can listen to Dr. McMillan speak with WUNC’s Phoebe Judge about the origins of and controversies surrounding some of the monuments … Continue reading

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The Scientific Revolution as Cock Fight

Recently, I came across an old hand-drawn cartoon in the University Papers (#40005) that depicts the struggle between physics and chemistry for scientific supremacy as both a train wreck and a cock fight. There’s nothing I can see to date … Continue reading

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SOHP Interns Present UNC LGBTQ Oral Histories

Are you interested in the history of student activism at UNC Chapel Hill? What about the history of sexual education, sexuality counseling services, or LGBTQ life on UNC’s campus? The Fall 2013 interns of the Southern Oral History Program will … Continue reading

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The 4th Annual Gridiron Glory Screening Event

Stop by Wilson Library this Saturday before the Homecoming game against UVA where we’ll be showing off some of our UNC football memorabilia and screening Gridiron Glory, a collection of film clips from 1934–1985 narrated by the inimitable Woody Durham.

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Email and Records Management Training This Wednesday

Are your filing cabinets bursting with old records? Is your email inbox overflowing with emails? Would you like to become better and more efficient at managing your records and emails? Email and Records Management is a basic overview of the … Continue reading

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President Swain Requests Exemption of UNC Seniors from Conscription

On this day in 1863, university president David Lowry Swain wrote to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, requesting exemption from conscription for university seniors. There were many exemptions to conscription, most resting on the petitioner’s class—one was … Continue reading

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Old East: The First Building of the First Public University

Two-hundred-and-twenty years ago today, the Board of Trustees of the yet-to-be-opened University of North Carolina contracted with James Patterson, a contractor from Chatham County, to build the university’s first building, Old East. Below is Patterson’s drawing and description of the … Continue reading

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New University Archives Collections and Additions

Below is a list of new collections and additions to collections in University Archives. The finding aids include a brief description of the contents of the collection, historical information about the department from which the records originated, and a container … Continue reading

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New Finding Aids for University Archives

Below is a list of new finding aids to collections held in the University Archives. These finding aids include a brief description of the contents of the collection, historical information about the department from which the records originated, and a … Continue reading

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University President David Lowry Swain Born 212 Years Ago Today

  David Lowry Swain, university president from 1835 to 1868 (and North Carolina governor from 1832 to 1835) was born on this day back in 1801 in Buncombe County near Asheville. Swain worked to grow the university from 89 students … Continue reading

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