Author Archives: Nicholas Graham

UNC’s Union Veterans

UNC’s Confederate history is very well documented: in the Confederate monument on campus, in the “Roll of Confederate Dead” in Memorial Hall, and in the names of several buildings. While the heavy focus on Confederate veterans is not surprising for … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in University Archives, University History | Comments Off on UNC’s Union Veterans

Timeline of 1980s Anti-Apartheid Activism at UNC

In the mid 1980s, UNC students actively campaigned to convince the University to divest from investment in South Africa in protest of the legalized segregation in place under that country’s apartheid system. This timeline presents an overview of major dates … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in University Archives, University History | Comments Off on Timeline of 1980s Anti-Apartheid Activism at UNC

Remembering Gwendolyn Harrison, the First African American Woman to Attend UNC

When Gwendolyn Harrison decided to come to UNC to pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish, she went through the usual process: she applied and was accepted, and she was assigned a room in one of the women’s dormitories. She arrived on … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in University Archives, University History | Comments Off on Remembering Gwendolyn Harrison, the First African American Woman to Attend UNC

Did Hinton James Really Walk all the way to UNC?

It’s one of the most enduring legends of UNC history: a lone student, Hinton James, walking all the way from his home in Wilmington and arriving in Chapel Hill on February 12, 1795, where he reported to the one-building campus … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in University Archives, University History | Comments Off on Did Hinton James Really Walk all the way to UNC?

The UNC “White Phantoms”?

The UNC men’s basketball team was known informally as the “White Phantoms” from the 1920s through 1950s. It wasn’t an official nickname — they’ve always been the Tar Heels — but White Phantoms was a popular term for the team, … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in University History | Comments Off on The UNC “White Phantoms”?

Michael Eric Dyson’s 1996 Commencement Speech

Twenty years ago this week, UNC professor Michael Eric Dyson delivered the commencement address at the winter graduation ceremony. The speech, “Is America Still a Dream?,” was immediately controversial. Dyson, a faculty member in the department of communications, wrote about … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in From the Archives, University Archives, University History | Comments Off on Michael Eric Dyson’s 1996 Commencement Speech

Summer in the Archives: Carolina’s Untold History Undergraduate Research Fellowships

We are pleased to announce a new research fellowship for undergraduate students who are interested in getting hands-on experience with archival research and who want to contribute to the ongoing conversation about UNC history. The University Library and the Chancellor’s … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in University Archives, University History | Comments Off on Summer in the Archives: Carolina’s Untold History Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower Dedication, November 26, 1931

One of UNC’s most beloved landmarks, the Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, was dedicated on November 26, 1931. Thanks to a recent gift from an alumnus, we are pleased to be able to share the program from the dedication ceremony. (Click … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in University Archives, University History | Comments Off on Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower Dedication, November 26, 1931

Carolina Firsts: Hortense McClinton

At the University Day celebration on October 11, 2016, Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program to name scholarships after notable “firsts” in UNC history. In recognition of the individuals recognized as pioneers at UNC, the University Archives is publishing blog … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Carolina Firsts, University History | Comments Off on Carolina Firsts: Hortense McClinton

Introducing the UNC T-Shirt Archive

We are pleased to announce the release of the UNC T-Shirt Archive. This digital collection of Carolina T-shirts past and present provides a unique window into all aspects of student life at UNC. The website is available now, but it’s far … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Student Life and Student Organizations, University Archives, University History | Comments Off on Introducing the UNC T-Shirt Archive