Early UNC Catalogs Now Available Online

Early course catalogs from UNC are now available online at DigitalNC. Ranging in date from 1822 through 1870, these catalogs contain lists of required courses as well as rosters of faculty and students at the University. Recent graduates won’t have a hard time finding differences between the great variety classes offered now and the significantly more restrictive course of study in the 19th century. Here were the required courses for students entering UNC in 1822:

Do any UNC students read Sallust anymore? (I admit to having to look him up.)

In addition to what they tell us about the evolution of higher education, these catalogs are helpful for genealogists tracking down ancestors who went to UNC, and are full of interesting tidbits of campus history (annual expenses for the 1849-1850 school year were $185, which included tuition, room and board, servant hire, and candles).

Early historian wasn’t always a “Colonel” of truth

On this day in 1902: The Hall of History, later known as the N.C. Museum of History, opens in Raleigh.

Overseeing the museum is “Colonel” Fred Olds, who has combined his personal collection of memorabilia with that passively accumulated by the N.C. Museum of Natural History. Olds, former city editor of the News & Observer, has a limited staff (one assistant) but unlimited enthusiasm and imagination.

Even though prone to tout every odd-shaped rock as ballast that came over with the Lost Colonists and every old bottle as Blackbeard’s rum flask, Olds stirs interest in the state’s past, preserves many priceless artifacts and paves the way for more professional curators.