Earlier this year, the SHC received $1,000 from the Southern Jewish Historical Society‘s Lowenstein Archival Grant program to support the digitization of 39 writings (diaries, travel accounts, memoirs, prose and poetry) from the SHC’s Mordecai Family Papers. The SHC’s Mordecai Family Papers are heavily used on site by scholars, students, and members of the local community. We were honored to receive this support from the SJHS and we are pleased that we can now make these writings available to researchers online, via the Digital SHC.
We are also pleased to share the news that the SJHS will hold its Thirty-fifth Annual Conference in Chapel Hill this year, October 22-24, 2010. In honor of the SJHS conference, the SHC will mount an exhibit celebrating the history of Jews in the American South. The exhibit will run October 22-December 22, 2010 (on the 4th floor of Wilson Library).
The Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Southern Studies Visiting Scholars Grants. The Southern Historical Collection offers these awards to individuals who plan to use the collections for a major research project, including dissertations, theses, articles, and monographs.
The 2009 Southern Studies Visiting Scholars Grant recipients are:
2009 Joel Williamson Visiting Scholar Grants
- Drew Addison Swanson, PhD candidate at the University of Georgia
“Land of the Bright Leaf: Yellow Tobacco, Environment, and Culture along the Border of Virginia and North Carolina”
2009 Guion Griffis Johnson Visiting Scholar Grant
- Katherine Armstrong, PhD candidate at Emory University
“Children of Sorrow: Mothers, Child Mortality, and Grief in the Antebellum South”
- Aaron Carico, PhD candidate at Yale University
“Plantation State: Finance, Aesthetics, and the Political Reconstruction of America”
2009 J. Carlyle Sitterson Visiting Scholar Grant
- Jennifer E. Tomas, PhD candidate at SUNY Binghamton
“The Women’s History Movement in the United States: Building U.S. Women’s History, 1945-1995”
2009 John Eugene and Barbara Hilton Cay Visiting Scholar Grant
- Christopher R. Lawton, PhD candidate at the University of Georgia
“Re-Envisioning the South: William and T. Addison Richards, Georgia Illustrated, and the Cultural Politics of Antebellum Sectionalism”
There have been two very nice articles published in recent weeks highlighting the work of the Southern Historical Collection and our partner collections throughout the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library.
The first is an article by the UNC General Alumni Association covering two newly-awarded grants for film preservation that were awarded to the Southern Folklife Collection and the Southern Historical Collection (both headquartered here in the fourth floor penthouse of Wilson Library). These grants will provide critical funds for a project that will allow over 2,350 hours of rare film to be made available to the general public.
The second article is a piece by Ashley Bennett of UNC’s student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, discussing some of the great work going on in Wilson Library (and particularly in the Southern Historical Collection) to make our collections more accessible to our patrons
We really appreciate the great press and are excited to see these projects unfold.