A major initiative started last fall by the University Archives and Records Management Services, in partnership with Wilson Library’s Technical Services department, is to make accessible some of the records hidden away in our unprocessed backlog. While still an ongoing effort, the first fruits of that labor have now seen the light of day, and can be paged in the 4th Floor Reading Room of Wilson Special Collections Library. Full details after the jump.
One of our processors, Jennie Halperin, found this unintentional (?) pun while combing through the Program in the Humanities and Human Values records.
A new University Archives collection is available as of last week. Academic Technology and Networks (ATN), a predecessor of Information Technology Services (ITS), includes many of the files of Judith Hallman, who worked for the university in a number of technological capacities before her retirement and whose contributions to the development of computing on campus will be felt for years to come.
Among the fresh crop of collections now open for research are a few which display two of UNC’s most publicly visible institutions, radio station WUNC and television station UNC-TV. Their records provide a glimpse into the inner functionings of these stations, those parts that aren’t broadcast from Chapel Hill to Manteo.
Below is a list of new and revised finding aids to collections held in the University Archives. These finding aids include a brief description of the contents of the collection, historical information about the department from which the records originated, and a container listing of the collection’s contents. For questions about these collections, please contact Wilson Special Collections Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for International Understanding (#40356): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40356.html
Department of Religious Studies (#40340): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40340.html
Employee Forum (#40299): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40299.html
Honors Office (#40229): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40229.html
North Carolina Education Research Council (#40311): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40311.html
North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (#40219): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40219.html
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, North Carolina Xi (#40334): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40334.html
University Managers’ Association (#40296): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40296.html
WUNC (#40278): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40278.html
Campus Y (#40126): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40126.html
Department of Art: (#40077): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40077.html
Department of Chemistry (#40079): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40079.html
Department of Dramatic Art (#40080): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40080.html
Department of English and Comparative Literature (#40081): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40081.html
Department of History (#40082): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40082.html
Department of Music (#40235): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40235.html
Department of Physics and Astronomy (#40084): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40084.html
Department of Radio, Television & Motion Pictures (#40086): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40086.html
Institute of Marine Sciences (#40068): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40068.html
Library Business Administration and Social Sciences Reference Department (#40050): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40050.html
Library Humanities Reference Department (#40051): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40051.html
Library Staff Development Committee (#40063): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40063.html
North Carolina Botanical Garden (#40072): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40072.html
Office of the Chancellor: Christopher C. Fordham (#40024): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40024.html
Office of the Chancellor: Paul Hardin (#40025): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40025.html
Office of the Chancellor: Michael Hooker (#40026): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40026.html
Office of the Chancellor: William O. McCoy (#40227): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40227.html
Office of the Chancellor: James Moeser (#40228): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40228.html
Office of the Dean of the School of Medicine (#40118): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40118.html
Office of the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement (#40132): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40132.html
Order of the Gorgon’s Head (#40300): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40300.html
Order of the Grail-Valkyries (#40161): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40161.html
School of Education (#40043): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40043.html
University of North Carolina Network Television (UNC-TV) (#40258): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40258.html
As part of the digitization of the Joseph Lawrence Dusenbery’s journal for “Verses and Fragments: The James L. Dusenbery Journal (1841-1842)“, a few selected documents from the records of the Dialectic Society held in the University Archives have also been digitized.
These documents include an address to the Dialectic Society by his brother, Edwin Lafayette Dusenbery, in 1845, and the Dialectic Society Library Circulation Records of Joseph, and two other brothers, Henry Mcrorie and William Brevard.
Dusenbery’s journal is the “heart” of this online resource. Kept by him during his senior year, the journal is an amazing resource for those interested in student life at UNC in 1841 and 1842.
Though electricity now seems to pump endlessly and uninterrupted through the university system and hospitals, the role that Energy Services at the University of North Carolina has played over the past forty years has changed significantly. From approximately 1895 to 1976, Energy Services at UNC was the sole provider of electricity to the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. In 1977 with the sale of their resources to Duke Power (now Duke Energy), the University’s Energy Services focused their attention on only the campus.
It seems strange to think of the University functioning without electricity, but it did for over one hundred years, until a Physics professor named Joshua Gore took steps to electrifying the town for what he claimed were safety reasons. Here in the University Archives, we just processed the records of the Department of Energy Services. The records primarily focus on 1977 to 2000, but one can also find maps and drawings dating from the 1930s and 1940s. The records detail some incredibly interesting pieces of information—how did the university modernize for the year 2000? How did energy services check for PCBs after the controversies of the 1980s? What really happens behind the scenes every time you turn on a light switch on campus?
As a graduate student, I feel a bit removed from student organizations, but yesterday I talked with some students with a banner and a loud boombox right outside of Wilson Library entreating the University to “Occupy UNC.”
Thanks to the generosity of Jennifer Manning (’89, ’91 MSLS), a founding member of UNITAS, a multicultural living and learning program at UNC, the University Archives now has material documenting the history of this organization, including a photograph of the charter members from 1987-1988 and a copy of the Daily Tar Heel insert, Omnibus, from September 17, 1987 that describes the purpose of UNITAS.
For more information on UNITAS, visit their website at: http://housing.unc.edu/residence-life/living-learning-communities/unitas.html
Jennifer read about our efforts to collect the records of student organizations in the Carolina Alumni Review (http://alumni.unc.edu/article.aspx?sid=8132). She has offered to contact her friends for additional material as well as pledged to make a monetary donation to the University Archives for every donation her and her friends make.
Thanks you Jennifer for supporting the University Archives and helping our efforts to document the history of student organizations at UNC.
Front row, left to right:
Jewel Ward, Jennifer Manning, Barbara Ross, Shiho Koda, Jeff Shipman, Donna Leinwand, Chrystal Redding.
Second row, left to right:
Mona Sheth, Amy Shutz, Beth Yongue (hugginh “Chilly” Nguyen), Chinh “Chilly” Nguyen, Robert D’Arruda, “Bud” Thornton Long (in striped shirt), Tim Dore.
Third row, left to right:
Samir Amin (standing, in blue shirt), Traci Hopkins, Marvin Peguese, Leah Kim, Nick Ackerman (with arms crossed), Rachel Stiffler, Ann Bunge (standing, white shirt).
Also: Suresh “Jay” da Silva (in shorts, far right).
Next to him: Jovan Jones.
Behind them: Faculty advisor, Dr. Craig Calhoun (now at NYU in the Dept. of Sociology).
Next to Jovan Jones: Faculty advisor, Dr. Trudier Harris (now a visiting scholar-in-residence at the University of Alabama).
Above Nick Ackerman: Priti Shah and Rachel Stiffler.
Very back left: Laurie Winkler (in red sweater)
Waving hand in upper far right: James Benton
Do you know any others? If so, please contact us.