Have you been by the Stone Center Library lately? If so, you’ve hopefully noticed our new display:

Our latest selection of recently acquired books features titles related to African Americans in American culture, in keeping with our recent event with UNC history professor “Fitz” Brundage:

All titles are available here at the library and we encourage you to come by and check them out. Happy reading, and have a great weekend!

Photos from Professor Brundage's 11/1 lecture

Thanks to everyone who came out to Professor Brundage’s booktalk on the first of the month! We hope you all found his lecture informative and thought-provoking and we encourage you all to take another look at Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier’s  list of related books available here at the SCL if this is a topic you wish to explore further.

Upcoming changes to library hours (Thanksgiving & Winter Break)

Just a quick heads up to let you all know that the Stone Center Library will be operating on a reduced schedule next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Our hours will be as follow:

Tuesday, November 22: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, November 23: 8:00am-12:00pm
Thursday,  November 24: Closed
Friday, November 25: Closed

Regular hours resume Monday, November 28th and will continue through the end of exams on Friday, December 16th. For those of you planning ahead, the SCL will also operate on a reduced schedule over Winter Break as listed below:

Winter Break Hours
Monday, December 19 - Thursday, December 22: 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday, December 23 - Monday, January 2: CLOSED

SCL Pick: "The house on Diamond Hill : a Cherokee plantation story"

Happy Friday, everyone! In honor of Native American Heritage Month, today’s SCL Pick is a recent addition to our collection: The house on Diamond Hill: a Cherokee plantation story, by public historian Tiya Miles. Miles is a 2011 MacArthur Fellow and her research “explores the complex interrelationships between African and Cherokee people living and working in colonial America.” She is currently a professor at the University of Michigan and you can read a fuller biography of her accomplishments here.
The house on Diamond Hill: a Cherokee plantation story is available here at the Library and we encourage you to check it out. Here’s a brief summary from the catalog description:

  • “At the turn of the nineteenth century, James Vann, a Cherokee chief and entrepreneur, established Diamond Hill, the most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation. In this first full-length study to reconstruct the history of the plantation, Tiya Miles tells the story of Diamond Hill’s founding, its flourishing, its takeover by white land-lottery winners on the eve of the Cherokee Removal, its decay, and ultimately its renovation in the 1950s. This moving multiracial history sheds light on the various cultural communities that interacted within the plantation boundaries–from elite Cherokee slaveholders to Cherokee subsistence farmers, from black slaves of various ethnic backgrounds to free blacks from the North and South, from German-speaking Moravian missionaries to white southern skilled laborers. Moreover, the book includes rich portraits of the women of these various communities. Vividly written and extensively researched, this history illuminates gender, class, and cross-racial relationships on the southern frontier.”

A brief preview is also available on Google books. If you’re interested in learning more about research on Native Americans and African Americans, check out our previous post with a list of related books.

Research Grant Applications DUE 1/31: John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke University

Posted on behalf of our colleagues at Duke’s John Hope Franklin Research Center, here’s a great opportunity for researchers interested in making use of their collection.
The John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, announces the availability of travel grants for research travel to our collections.
The John Hope Franklin Research Center seeks to collect, preserve, and promote the use of printed and manuscript materials bearing on the history of Africa and people of African descent.
Research grants are available to any faculty member, graduate or undergraduate student, or independent scholar with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the Franklin Research Center. Grant money may be used for travel, photocopying, and living expenses while pursuing research at the Rubenstein Library. Applicants must live outside of a 100-mile radius from Durham, NC. The maximum award per applicant is $1,000.
The deadline for application is January 31, 2012 by 5:00 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2012. Grants must be used between April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
For more information and to download a copy of the application form, please visit:
Applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Thompson, the Franklin Research Center’s research services librarian, before submitting their application. Past applications have demonstrated that those who spoke with a staff member about their projects produced stronger applications. Contact information is listed below:

Jennifer Thompson
John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Duke University, Box 90185
Durham, NC  27708-0185
Phone: 919-660-5922

Lecture and exhibit opening TODAY (11/8) at Wilson: "Generations of Captivity in North Carolina: The Bennehan-Cameron Plantations, 1776-1865"

Reposted from the UNC Library News and Events blog
Generations of Captivity in North Carolina: The Bennehan-Cameron Plantations, 1776-1865
Lecture by Sydney Nathans
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m.  Reception and Exhibit Viewing, 4th floor
5:30 p.m.  Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 548-1203
The lives of people enslaved at the Stagville Plantation in what now is Durham County, N.C., will be the focus of a lecture and exhibit at the Wilson Special Collections Library. The program and exhibit are free and open to the public.
Sydney Nathans, professor emeritus of history at Duke University, will give a lecture Nov. 8 titled “Generations of Captivity in North Carolina: The Bennehan-Cameron Plantations, 1776-1865.” The lecture will open the exhibit in the Wilson Library’s 4th floor gallery, Kin and Community: African American Lives at Stagville, on view through Mar. 2, 2012.
Nathans has devoted much of his academic life to working in the Cameron Family Papers in the Southern Historical Collection, focusing on relations between whites and blacks and the lives of black families who lived on the Bennehan-Cameron family’s extensive plantations in Orange (now Durham) County.
The Cameron family, which also had substantial plantations in Alabama and Mississippi, was among North Carolina’s largest landholders and slaveholders.
The event and exhibit are sponsored by the Southern Historical Collection and the Friends of the Library.

Monday 11/7 panel: Diversifying the Archives (5:30pm, Manning Hall, Room 307)

Here’s another great event, reposted from the blog of the Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists here at UNC-CH:

What: Diversifying the Archives: Opportunities and Challenges in Representing Underrepresented Populations
When: November 7th, 2011 at 5:30pm
Where: Manning 307
“Please join us for a very special evening with an excellent panel of insightful and inspirational area archivists as they share some of the challenges and opportunities of collecting archival materials for underrepresented populations, including those who may not have produced traditional documents. Come learn about some of their outreach activities with the local African American community, and bring your questions and reflections.
The Panel:
We will provide food, provocative thoughts, and even an event that can count toward your SILS Diversity Advocate Certificate.” QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS EVENT MAY BE DIRECTED TO ANY OF THE UNC-CH SCOSAA OFFICERS.

TODAY at 5:00pm in Wilson: Beyond Blackface booktalk… plus related UNC resources

We hope you’re all excited for TODAY’S book talk with UNC history professor “Fitz” Brundage, as he discusses his latest book, Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930 (UNC Press 2011).

Event details (also available on Facebook):


5:00pm Reception | Main Lobby, Wilson Library

5:30pm Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Free and open to the public

In anticipation of this event, Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier has put together a list of related books available at UNC libraries. Check it out!

Happy reading, and we hope to see you TODAY at 5pm in Wilson Library!