Upcoming Event for Retiring Faculty: Preserving your Intellectual Legacy at UNC


Retiring UNC faculty are invited to attend Preserving Your Intellectual Legacy at UNC: An Information Session for Faculty and Staff Nearing Retirement tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. More info can be found here.

If you are interested in this topic but unable to attend the event, please contact UARMS’ staff for a consultation at (919) 962-6402 or recman@unc.edu. We are happy to meet with UNC faculty and staff anytime to discuss this important topic!

A Visit from NPR’s Carl Kasell

Last month, as NPR’s Carl Kasell visited campus, we were excited to welcome him to Wilson Library for a tour. Graduate assistants Kate Ceronie and Jennifer Coggins, who did research for the event and put together an exhibit for the reception that evening, gave Kasell a preview of the exhibit and chose additional materials for viewing in the Grand Reading Room of Wilson Library. He viewed photos of the early days of WUNC, letters from WUNC listeners, scripts from the American Adventure radio series for which he was an announcer,  a yearbook from his sophomore year, scripts of advertisements he and Charles Kuralt recorded as students, and more. Enjoy the photos below of Kasell’s visit, taken by Mark Perry.

Carl Kasell and the Early Years of WUNC

Yackety Yack, 1954
Yackety Yack, 1954

When WUNC began airing NPR’s Morning Edition in 1980, it wasn’t the first time newscaster Carl Kasell’s famous voice had gone out on the station’s airwaves. In fact, when WUNC was dedicated as a student-run FM station in 1953, Kasell (class of 1956) was part of its first staff.  Kasell, who retired from Morning Edition in 2009 and now serves as the official judge and scorekeeper of NPR’s popular quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is returning to UNC next week to discuss his life and career in “An Evening With Carl Kasell.”

Script for a "Variety Vacationland" ad performed by Carl Kasell and Charles Kuralt in 1953 (Department of Radio, Motion Pictures, and Television Records #40086, University Archives, Wilson Library)
Script for a “Variety Vacationland” ad performed by Carl Kasell and Charles Kuralt in 1953 (Department of Radio, Motion Pictures, and Television Records #40086, University Archives, Wilson Library)

As an announcer and operations manager for the WUNC, Kasell spent much of his time on campus in Swain Hall, where WUNC operated from its founding until 1999. He lent his voice to programs including American Adventure, a series broadcast nationally by NBC in 1955. He announced upcoming segments, played parts in advertisements, and read news (including the outcomes of UNC basketball games).

In 1955, Kasell helped to engineer what was perhaps the first stereo broadcast on radio. While broadcasting a musical performance, WUNC collaborated with local station WCHL to set up a microphone on either side of the performers–one broadcasting to WUNC and the other to WCHL. Listeners were advised to turn on two radios on either side of a room, one tuned in to WUNC and the other to WCHL, and this created a stereo effect.

A 1987 ad for NPR's Morning Edition from Listen! magazine
A 1987 ad for NPR’s Morning Edition from Listen! magazine

Join us Tuesday for “An Evening with Carl Kasell” at the Genome Sciences Building. Materials from University Archives related to Kasell’s time at WUNC–including photos, newspaper clippings, scripts, and more–will be on display during the reception preceding the program. The event is free and open to the public. The reception begins at 5:00, to be followed by the program at 5:30.

Event details for “An Evening With Carl Kasell”

(NB: this post was edited on March 5, 2014.)

A Bygone University Day

UNC President William Friday greets US President John F. Kennedy (University Day, John F. Kennedy Visit: Photographs, 1961, in the Office of President of the University of North Carolina (System): William C. Friday Records #40009, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

On October 12, 1961, Present John F. Kennedy came to UNC at Chapel Hill to celebrate University Day.

William C. Friday, president of the Consolidated System of North Carolina (before it became the University of North Carolina system) remembers that day:

It’s an experience to go through a visit of the President of the United States. . . . I had called every high school around here. Because I wanted the children to have the experience I had. . . . We invited all the faculty here. And everybody in town. And they filled the place up. It was a glorious day of sunshine. . . . Well, the big limousine rolled up, and Governor Sanford got out, and President Kennedy walked up to me and said, ‘Happy Columbus Day.’ October 12 was Columbus Day also. And that meant a lot to him, you know. . . . A lot of people asked, you know, “What did he say to you?” Well, I say, “Well, his first question was, ‘Who won the game last Saturday?'”

(Oral History Interview with William C. Friday, December 3, 1990. Interview L-0147. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)

“A Dialogue Between Old and New” and “Knowledge Building(s)”

Two new exhibits featuring University Archives materials are on display in the North Carolina Collection Gallery and the Davis Library Gallery starting this week!

A Dialogue Between Old and New and Knowledge Building(s) Posters

Continue reading ““A Dialogue Between Old and New” and “Knowledge Building(s)””

Black & Blue Tour: A History of African Americans at UNC

Learn about the history of African-Americans at UNC and explore the campus’s historical landmarks in context of the university’s racial history by taking the Black & Blue Tour on Friday, February 24.  Sponsored by the UNC’s Visitors’ Center as part of their spring series of “Priceless Gem” tours relating to UNC history, the tour begins at 2pm at the Unsung Founders Memorial on McCorkle Place.

Eli Merritt (foreground) and unidentified student group, ca. 1886
Eli Merritt (foreground) and unidentified student group, ca. 1886 (North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.

For more information about the history of African-Americans at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, please check out the following online exhibits:

Slavery and the Making of the University:  http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/exhibits/slavery/

The Carolina Story:  A Virtual Museum of University History
Slavery and the University: https://museum.unc.edu/exhibits/slavery/
African Americans and Segregation: https://museum.unc.edu/exhibits/segregation/
African Americans and Integration: https://museum.unc.edu/exhibits/integration/
Black Student Movement at Carolina: https://museum.unc.edu/exhibits/black_student_movement/

Beat Dook! . . . Duke University Archives, That Is.

UNC cheerleaders with Ramses before the Duke game
(From the Hugh Morton Collection of Photographs and Films, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives)

We’ve entered into a friendly competition with Duke University Archives: See who can get the most NEW “Likes” on their Facebook page between now and the March 3rd UNC-Duke basketball game. We’ve only got until tipoff, so head on over to our Facebook page and like the UNC University Archives.  Also tell your friends, family, and any UNC fans you know.

Traces of King at UNC

Front page of the Daily Tar Heel, April 5, 1968. (The Daily Tar Heel, 75(143), 1. Courtesy of the North Carolina Collection).

Earlier this week, we celebrated the life and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., and we here at University Archives found some documents that add a sort of immediacy to the event that for many of us is situated in the distant past. Continue reading “Traces of King at UNC”

Happy Birthday Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower!

Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower

While many UNC students and staff will be spending the 26th at home or with relatives, recovering from a two-day bender of turkey dinner and leftovers, the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower will be turning a ripe 80.

Morehead (right) and Patterson.

Dedicated and first rung on Thanksgiving Day, 1931, the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower is named for its donors John Motley Morehead, Class of 1891, and Rufus Lenoir Patterson II, founder of the American Machine and Foundry Company (whose “AMF” logo you’d recognize if you’ve ever been bowling).

Some say that Morehead originally wanted to donate a library, but was beaten to it by Louis Wilson, whose Wilson Library (for which he raised the capital) houses the University Archives along with UNC’s other special collections. But according to Jack Hillard, Morehead had been trying to donate a bell tower for years and “offered to pay for a bell tower on top of the library, but University Librarian Louis Round Wilson had already decided that ‘his’ building would be domed.”

Regardless, the rumor has it that Morehead got his revenge on Wilson by building the bell tower such that, from a certain vantage on Polk Place, the tower’s belfry serves as a dunce cap for Wilson or at least looks like Morehead got his bell tower on top of Wilson’s library after all.

Photograph of Wilson Library taken from South Building, mid-1930s.