New Acquisition

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.

UNITAS Charter Members, 1987-1988
Photograph of the UNITAS Charter Members, 1987-1988, taken in front of Carmichael Dormitory in the Fall of 1987

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.

Jubilee at UNC!

From 1963 to 1971, the end of the spring semester at UNC was marked by Jubilee.  The concert progressed from a relatively small affair on the lawn in front of Graham Memorial to much larger events that took place on Polk Place, Fetzer Field, Kenan Stadium, and Navy Field.

In 1963, the Four Preps, the Chad Mitchell Trio, and Iain Hamilton performed at the first Jubilee.  The Four Preps was the main concert on Friday evening and about 5,000 people attended.  The Saturday and Sunday afternoon concerts were each attended by about 2,500 people.

1963 Jubilee program
1963 Jubilee program from the Records of the Student Union
Photograph of the 1963 Jubilee
Photograph of the 1963 Jubilee from the Records of the Student Union

Since then, a variety of musicians and musical groups, and even one comedian has performed at Jubilee, including Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, The Serendipity Singers, The Sinfonians, The Platters, Johnny Cash and June Carter, The Temptations, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, B.B. King, and Joe Cocker.  The comedian was Fred Smoot.

In 1966, the first two nights of Jubilee took place in Carmichael Auditorium because of the weather and then in Polk Place on Sunday afternoon.

The Bitter End Singers performed on Friday night in front of 5,500 people.  On Saturday, David, della Rosa, and Brooks, Jay and the Americans, and Al Hirt performed for 7,200 people.  And on Sunday afternoon Charlie Byrd performed on stage in Polk Place in front of South Building.

1966 Jubilee program
1966 Jubilee program from the Records of the Student Union
1969 Program
1969 Jubilee program from the Records of the Student Union

Forty years ago on April 30 – May 2, 1971 the last Jubilee concert was held.  And by then the concert had changed a lot from its early years.  There were more performers and the crowds were much larger.  The performers included Chuck Berry, Spirit, Cowboy, Muddy Waters, the J. Geils Band, the Allman Brothers, and Tom Rush, among several others.

The attendance was 17,500 on Friday night, 23,000 for Saturday night, and 9,000 for Sunday afternoon.

Ticket from the 1971 Jubilee
Ticket from the 1971 Jubilee from the Records of the Student Union

A week after the 1971 concert was held, the Student Union Activities Group recommended that Jubilee “be discontinued and that the money be used to increase programming throughout the entire year.”  Jubilee had just grown too big and had been marred by complaints about noise, trash, and the large crowds for several years.  The 1971 concert with its huge and unruly crowd was the last straw.  Concert goers tore down fences and a security guard hired for the event was severely injured trying to stop people from flowing through the holes.

Daily Tar Heel photograph of the 1971 Jubilee
Photograph of the security guard being tackled by concert goers rushing through the holes cut in the fence. Published in the May 5, 1971 edition of the Daily Tar Heel.

Fortunately, the history of Jubilee at UNC is preserved in the University Archives.  From programs, memos between University officials, correspondence, contracts with performers, scrapbooks, fliers, posters, photographs, and pins, you can trace the evolution of Jubilee from a small affair in front of Graham Memorial Union to the large crowd at Navy Field.

Of special note is the film of the 1971 Jubilee created by Jim Bramlett, Rick Gibbs, and Charlie Huntley, as well as H. B. Hough, Bill Hatch, Rod Waldorf, Peter Chaikin, Jim Eldridge, and Tom Eshelman.  This film is part of the Records of the Student Union and a DVD is available for viewing in the reading rooms of Wilson Library.  A short clip from the beginning of the film is available here:

Materials about Jubilee are available in at least a couple of different collections in Wilson Library, and many of the documents and some photographs have been digitized. For more information and links to digitized materials, please see:

Revised finding aids for University Archives and University history-related collections

Below is a list of somewhat significantly revised finding aids for collections held in the University Archives and collections relating to University history.  If you have any questions about these collections, please contact Wilson Special Collections Library at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

Athletic Communications Office (#40308): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40308.html

Office of Chancellor: W.B. Aycock (#40020): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40020.html

Office of Chancellor: Christopher Fordham (#40024): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40024.html

Office of Chancellor: Paul Hardin (#40025): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40025.html

Office of Chancellor: Michael Hooker (#40026): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40026.html

Office of Chancellor: R.B. House (#40019): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40019.html

Office of Chancellor: William O. McCoy (#40227): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40227.html

Office of Chancellor: James Moeser (#40228): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40228.html

Office of Chancellor: Paul Sharp (#40021): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40021.html

Office of Chancellor: J.C. Sitterson (#40022): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40022.html

Office of Chancellor: Ferebee Taylor (#40023): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40023.html

Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (#40076): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40076.html

Office of the Provost (#40039): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40039.html

Order of Gimghoul (#40262): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40262.html

Order of the Golden Fleece (#40160): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40160.html

University of North Carolina Papers (#40005): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/uars/ead/40005.html
The early records of the University.

University history-related collections:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Pediatrics Photographic Collection (NCC Photographic Archives, P0060): http://library.unc.edu/wilson/ncc/pcoll/inv/P0060/P0060.html

King, Roger, films (Southern Historical Collection, #5340): http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/k/King,Roger.html
This collection contains three 8mm films documenting life at the University of North Carolina from 1940-1943. They were shot in and around Chapel Hill, N.C., and on the campus of the University of North Carolina. They document University of North Carolina fraternity life, including Chi Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Phi Delta Theta, pledges, rushing, and hell-week; University of North Carolina student life, including parties, banquets, dances, and the bar scene; University of North Carolina sports, such as football, baseball, track, tennis, and lacrosse; University of North Carolina holidays such as Student-Faculty Day and May Day; and the Old Well.

Reaching Out to Students

This past spring, Jay and Meg worked with colleagues in the North Carolina Collection to curate an exhibit titled From Di-Phis to Loreleis: 150 Years of Student Organizations at UNC.

A photograph of a banquet held by the Order of the Ghimghoul featured in the exhibit.
A flier featured in the exhibit.

The exhibit provided us with a great opportunity to reach out to student organizations and groups interested in preserving their piece of Carolina history.  In April we held Students Make it Last Longer, an event to promote the exhibit and increase student interest in the Archives.

We are proud to say that the event was a success!  Many students came to look at the exhibit, have a snack, chat with us, and learn more about donating their student organization records to the Archives.  Here are some photos that Jay and Meg took at the event–

University Archivist, Jay Gaidmore, talking to a student about her organization's archives.
Students browsing the exhibit.

If you’re in a student organization or group and are interested in working with University Archives to preserve your Carolina legacy please contact us, we’d love to chat with you!