Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tuesday, Nov. 1st @5pm: Beyond Blackface – African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture

Historic Slavery Accounts Available for Purchase through DocSouth Books Partnership



Reposted from the UNC Library News and Events blog:

Twelve historic accounts of African American slavery are newly available in reprint and online editions, thanks to a collaborative effort of the UNC Library and the University of North Carolina Press.

The venture, DocSouth Books, allows readers to purchase reprinted classic editions from the collections of the UNC Library. The books were originally scanned as part of the Library’s Documenting the American South (DocSouth) digital publishing program.

Beginning this month, UNC Press will offer bound print-on-demand copies of the books at prices ranging from $15 to $40. The Press will soon also make the books available as downloadable e-books.

The titles are slave narratives, or biographies and autobiographies of fugitive and former slaves. Included is Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave, recently slated for Hollywood adaptation by Brad Pitt.

The Library launched DocSouth in 1996 as a pilot to bring a small number of highlights from the stacks to a broader audience online. Today, DocSouth comprises fifteen collections of 1,454 digitized books, along with maps, images, oral histories, manuscripts, and primary source materials.

By converting some of those digital files to new print editions and even to e-books, access to rare materials has expanded greatly, said Jenn Riley, head of the Carolina Digital Library and Archives, which includes DocSouth.

“Users now have two new ways to engage with these books,” she said. “This collaboration with the UNC Press makes perfect sense as a way to expand the scope of DocSouth.”


Save the date: Tuesday, Nov. 1st @5pm, African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture

Save the date! On Tuesday, November 1st, UNC history professor Fitzhugh Brundage will deliver a lecture on the history of African Americans in American popular culture. The talk will will take place at 5:30pm in the Wilson Special Collections Library, with a reception at 5:00pm. This event is FREE  and open to the PUBLIC

Brundage is the editor of the UNC Press book Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, a collection of essays from sixteen scholars in various disciplines that “address the complex roles of black performers, entrepreneurs, and consumers in American mass culture during the early twentieth century.” This book is currently available at Davis Library and the North Carolina Collection (library use only) – check for availability here.

Brundage is also the William Umstead Distinguished Professor of history at UNC, and his books include The Southern Past : A Clash of Race and Memory(2005), A Socialist Utopia in the New South: The Ruskin Colonies in Tennessee and Georgia, 1894-1901 (1996) and Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930.  (1993) 

In 2006, he was awarded the Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council and the Southern Historical Association’s Charles S. Sydnor Award for a distinguished book in southern history for The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Stone Center Library for Black Culture & History. For more information, contact: Liza TerllFriends of the Library at (919) 962-4207 or

Hope to see you there!  

ATTN. UNC-CH students: James & Florence Peacock Fellowship deadline Friday 11/4

James and Florence Peacock Fellowship (for UNC-Chapel Hill students)

Applications for the 2012 Fellowship are now OPEN.  Application deadline is Friday November 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST.

The Carolina for Kibera Fellowship allows UNC-CH undergraduate and graduate students to apply their skills and talents while engaging in grassroots participatory development in Nairobi, Kenya.

The yearlong fellowship begins in the spring semester with orientation, campus activity involvement and project formulation with CFK staff. In the summer, fellows travel to Nairobi, Kenya and spend a minimum of eight weeks implementing their project in Kibera. They will complete their project and help tell the story of Kibera on campus upon return to UNC. The fellowship includes a small stipend and other scholarship/grant opportunities are available through the Center for Global Initiatives.

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For more information, please contact LaKeshia Jones at


Monday 10/17 & Tuesday 10/18 @Duke: Archives & Justice events w/ Verne Harris (Nelson Mandela archivist)

From our colleagues at Duke, two great events next week featuring Nelson Mandela archivist Verne Harris:


Verne Harris, Nelson Mandela and a Centering of Memory

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Rare Book Room, Perkins Library (note location)

Co-sponsored with the John Hope Franklin Research Center 

Verne Harris has been Nelson Mandela’s archivist since 2004. He is head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue, an honorary research associate with the University of Cape Town, and former Deputy Director of South Africa’s National Archives. He will give a public talk about the Memory Programme at the Centre of Memory and Dialogue.

Reception to follow. More detailed information here


ARCHIVES & JUSTICE: a faculty/graduate seminar with VERNE HARRIS, Center of Memory & Dialogue, Nelson Mandela Foundation

Time: 12-2pm
Franklin Humanities Institute Garage (C105, Bay 4, 1st Floor, Smith Warehouse)
Lunch provided – Space limited, sign up by Oct 11 via this link

Co-sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Research Center at the University Duke Libraries
You are invited to engage Verne Harris, Nelson Mandela’s archivist since 2004, on questions of “archive,” “deconstruction” and “postmodernisms.” He will open the discussion with a brief reflection on legacy and the archive through three intersecting enquiries: the South African tradition of “memory for justice”; deconstruction’s insistence that the work of archive is justice; and the legacies of Nelson Mandela and Jacques Derrida.

Readings will be available very soon electronically – by signing up at the link above, you will be added to the reading distribution list automatically.

Verne Harris is head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue, an honorary research associate with the University of Cape Town, and former Deputy Director of South Africa’s National Archives.