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This Day In History
- 1930 The Carnegie Library building was rededicated and renamed Hill Hall. Originally constructed as the University's library and named for noted philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (who donated $50,000, conditional upon the provision that a similar amount for the library's upkeep and future expansion be available), the building was renamed in honor of John Sprunt Hill, who provided much of the funding for the renovation. The Department of Music moved into the rededicated building and still inhabits it today.
- 1953 University alumnus Andy Griffith's record, which included "What it was, was football," appeared on this day. It was a huge hit, selling lots of copies and heavily requested on local radio.
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Monthly Archives: April 2013
Commencement visitors can step back in time during an open house at the Wilson Special Collections Library on Saturday, May 11. Continue reading Continue reading
Journalist and author James Reston, Jr. (’63) will reflect on his life as a writer and discuss two of his forthcoming books on Tuesday, May 7th at the Wilson Special Collections Library. Continue reading Continue reading
Last Tuesday was a fun day at the office. In the morning, library staff gave Carl Kasell a tour of Wilson Library. Kassel, a UNC alumnus, returned to Chapel Hill for an evening event sponsored by the library moderated by … Continue reading → Continue reading
Robert Digges Wimberly Connor, class of 1899, served as the first Archivist of the United States. He was born in Wilson on September 26, 1878. After graduating from UNC, Connor took teaching and administrative positions at several public schools in … Continue reading → Continue reading
In conjunction with the Wilson Library exhibit A Right to Speak and to Hear: Academic Freedom and Free Expression at UNC, the University Gazette has published a quick quiz about the history of free speech at the University. Continue reading Continue reading
Today is “Library Snapshot Day” on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, so what better way for A Hugh to Hugh to participate than to highlight photographs of the library made by Hugh Morton. Opened in 1929, The University Library was only … Continue reading → Continue reading
The expected naming of Carol Folt as the next chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill will mark the first time in the university’s 224-year history that a woman has held the top post. But Folt follows on the heels (pardon the pun) of several other women who have held significant positions with the University. Katherine “Kitty” Carmichael, […] Continue reading
When WUNC began airing NPR’s Morning Edition in 1980, it wasn’t the first time newscaster Carl Kasell’s famous voice had gone out on the station’s airwaves. In fact, when WUNC was dedicated as a student-run FM station in 1953, Kasell … Continue reading → Continue reading
Imagine lining up to draw your drinking water from the Old Well, trekking to Smith Hall (now Playmakers Theater) for a bath, or showering every other day (at the university’s suggestion) to save water during a severe drought. In connection … Continue reading → Continue reading