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
“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.”
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: http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/services/grants/index.html.
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:
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
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 Terll, Friends 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.
“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.