Category Archives: UNC History

Ackland Art Museum turns sixty

Birthed as the William Hayes Ackland Art Center, the Ackland Art Museum turns sixty today.  The art center held a special preview for UNC faculty on Friday evening, September 19, 1958.  The official dedication ceremony took place the next morning, featuring a talk titled, “The Role of the College Museum in America” by S. Lane […] Continue reading

Posted in ackland art museum, history, NC Historic Newspapers, On This Day, unc chapel hill, UNC History | Comments Off on Ackland Art Museum turns sixty

“Scratch” the Surface & Find the Not-Too-Distant Past!

As renovations on the brick walkways in the “The Pit” and surrounding areas (Lenoir Hall, Davis Library, Graham Student Union, and Student Stores) continue through the summer, ground is regularly being uncovered that has literally “not seen the light of day” for numerous decades.  During my 10 years as the Photographic Materials Processing Archivist for […] Continue reading

Posted in history, UNC History | Comments Off on “Scratch” the Surface & Find the Not-Too-Distant Past!

Artifact of the Month – 1940 Class Ring

With the 2018 graduation now behind us, the May Artifact of the Month reminds us that although our time at the University is brief, our love and appreciation for the school is eternal. This class ring from 1940, formerly owned by the late historian and Curator of the North Carolina Collection William S. Powell, invokes […] Continue reading

Posted in Artifact of the Month, UNC History | Comments Off on Artifact of the Month – 1940 Class Ring

Carolina Firsts: Vermont C. Royster

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 award winner, Carolina Firsts, Daily Tar Heel, Faculty, history, Journalism, pulitzer prize, Royster, students, UNC, UNC History, University Archives, University History, wall street journal | Comments Off on Carolina Firsts: Vermont C. Royster

Carolina Firsts: Vermont C. Royster

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 award winner, Carolina Firsts, Daily Tar Heel, Faculty, history, Journalism, pulitzer prize, Royster, students, UNC, UNC History, University Archives, University History, wall street journal | Comments Off on Carolina Firsts: Vermont C. Royster

Happy Mary Louise Thornton Week!

A woman of patience and vision. That may be the best general description of Mary Lindsay Thornton, who 100 years ago this fall began a long and extraordinarily productive career with the library at the University of North Carolina. More specifically, it’s also accurate to call her the mother of special collections at UNC and […] Continue reading

Posted in history, UNC History | Comments Off on Happy Mary Louise Thornton Week!

Happy Mary Lindsay Thornton Week!

A woman of patience and vision. That may be the best general description of Mary Lindsay Thornton, who 100 years ago this fall began a long and extraordinarily productive career with the library at the University of North Carolina. More specifically, it’s also accurate to call her the mother of special collections at UNC and […] Continue reading

Posted in history, UNC History | Comments Off on Happy Mary Lindsay Thornton Week!

Artifact of the Month: Nurse Cape

Did you know that the design of the nurse’s uniform evolved from the nun’s habit? At one time the convent was a common place for the sick to receive care, and the nuns did the nursing. The cape was a standard part of the nurse’s apparel, a practice that endured into the 1980s. Our recently […] Continue reading

Posted in Artifact of the Month, From the Stacks, history, Just A Bite, Tar Heelia, UNC History | Comments Off on Artifact of the Month: Nurse Cape

Artifact of the Month: Nurse Cape

Did you know that the design of the nurse’s uniform evolved from the nun’s habit? At one time the convent was a common place for the sick to receive care, and the nuns did the nursing. The cape was a standard part of the nurse’s apparel, a practice that endured into the 1980s. Our recently […] Continue reading

Posted in Artifact of the Month, From the Stacks, history, Just A Bite, Tar Heelia, UNC History | Comments Off on Artifact of the Month: Nurse Cape

Now Available: Edie Parker Papers

We are pleased to announce a new addition to University Archives, the Edie Parker Papers. Edie Parker (then Edie Knight) attended UNC from 1947 to 1949. As a student, she was active in student government, Greek life, and the Model … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Daily Tar Heel, From the Archives, greek life, model un, New and Noteworthy, scrapbooks, Student LIfe, Student Life and Student Organizations, Student Organizations, students, UNC History, University History, women at carolina | Comments Off on Now Available: Edie Parker Papers