Author Archives: Lawrence Giffin, Records Services Archivist

South Building Cornerstone Laid

On April 14, 1798, the cornerstone was laid for Main Building (now known as South Building). The structure, however, was not completed until 1814. The animated .gif above was created from a stereograph of South Building (and Playmaker’s Theater, then … Continue reading

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God Cancelled!

One of our processors, Jennie Halperin, found this unintentional (?) pun while combing through the Program in the Humanities and Human Values records.

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Records Management Tip #3: Record Keeping with an Eye toward End of the Record’s Life Cycle

How can a campus unit manage its files so that it’s ready for whatever comes its way, whether a public records request, a subpoena, or a loss of records-storage space? We’ve got some tips on creating consistent record-keeping procedures with … Continue reading

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1960 Sit-In at Colonial Drugstore

Chapel Hill’s first sit-in took place at Colonial Drugstore (now, West End Wine Bar) on February 28, 1960, led by students from the all-black Lincoln High School. If you haven’t already, check out Wilson Library’s online exhibit from 2007, “I … Continue reading

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Update: A.T. Morris of New London, NC

New London mayor Calvin Gaddy sent us this comment to our recent blog post on A.T. Morris. Here’s what Gaddy had to say: Albert Taylor Morris was born in New London 06 March, 1893, in 1930 he lived in Greensboro. … Continue reading

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Records Management Tip #2: Managing Your Email

Email has become an invaluable tool for conducting business at the university, but each university email is a public record, which means that it must be retained for a specific period of time and can’t always be deleted when you … Continue reading

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Beat Dook! . . . Duke University Archives, That Is.

We’ve entered into a friendly competition with Duke University Archives: See who can get the most NEW “Likes” on their Facebook page between now and the March 3rd UNC-Duke basketball game. We’ve only got until tipoff, so head on over … Continue reading

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Help Us Find A.T. Morris of New London, NC

On February 11, 1992, workers renovating a Old West found the above letter buried in a wall. It offers a reward to whoever finds the letter (with the stipulation that the author is still living). I wonder what the reward … Continue reading

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Traces of King at UNC

Earlier this week, we celebrated the life and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., and we here at University Archives found some documents that add a sort of immediacy to the event that for many of us is situated in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Louis Round Wilson!

Louis Round Wilson was born on December 27, 1876, in Lenoir, North Carolina. He graduated from the university in 1899, and became the University Librarian in 1901. He would later head UNC’s first extension program and help found and oversee … Continue reading

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