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A Book Discussion with Emily Herring Wilson '61

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 21:18:00 +0000

Image courtesy of Ken Bennett.
UNC Greensboro's University Libraries will host a book discussion of “The Three Graces of Val-Kill” with author Emily Herring Wilson '61 on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.

“The Three Graces of Val-Kill" changes the way readers think about Eleanor Roosevelt. In her book, Wilson examines what she calls the most formative period in Roosevelt's life, from 1922 to 1936, when she cultivated an intimate friendship with Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook who helped her build a cottage on the Val-Kill Creek in Hyde Park on the Roosevelt family land.

In the early years, the three women—the "three graces,” as Franklin Delano Roosevelt called them—were nearly inseparable and forged a female-centered community for each other, for family and for New York's progressive women. Examining this network of close female friends gives readers a more comprehensive picture of the Roosevelts and Eleanor's burgeoning independence in the years that marked Franklin's rise to power in politics.

Wilson takes care to show all the nuances and complexities of the women’ s relationship, which blended the political with the personal. Val-Kill was not only home to Eleanor but also a crucial part of how she became one of the most admired American political figures of the twentieth century. In Wilson’s telling she emerges out of the shadows of monumental histories and documentaries as a woman in search of herself.

Wilson resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is author of "No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence" and co-author of “North Carolina Women: Making History." Wilson graduated from Woman's College at the University of North Carolina, now UNCG, in 1961 and attended graduate school at Wake Forest University in 1962.

The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by UNCG's University Libraries, Greensboro Bound Literary Festival and the North Carolina Literary Map. For parking information visit For more information or disability accommodations, contact Alisha Rivera-Holmes at or 336.334.3741.

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Announcement: UNCG Faculty & Staff Workshops: Violence Response

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:07:00 +0000

One of the new positions on UNCG's campus is the LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Training Coordinator in the Campus Violence Response Center, and Kate Rawson has been hired for this important position.

As per Ms. Rawson: "As you probably know, we have a large number of LGBTQ+ identified students on our campus. What you may not know is that this population experiences high rates of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, harassment, and stalking. I encourage you and/or your team to attend one of the open workshops scheduled this semester that will increase your awareness and skills around supporting LGBTQ+ victims and survivors of violence. The first will be next Wednesday, September 19, from 4-5pm in Bryan 113! These are listed on the page and the attached flyer.

If your department is interested in a private training on this topic tailored to your needs, you can request that via email. For more info on all CVRC workshops, visit:"

Librarian Recommended: Electronic Resources at UNCG

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Flip through Popular Magazines with Flipster!

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:21:00 +0000

Hey! We’re going to let you in on a secret! There’s a little fringe benefit here at UNCG that you’re probably not aware of. It’s called Flipster.

Flipsteris free magazine access on your smartphone, tablet or home computer. Access over a dozen popular – and, let’s be honest, expensive - magazine titles like The New Yorker, Forbes and Fortune. Magazines you can read anytime, anywhere, at home, while waiting for friends at a restaurant, at the airport, or in line with a hundred people at the DMV.

It’s sort of like an exclusive little benefit for university students, faculty and staff, brought to you by the University Libraries. You can get access whenever you are logged in with your UNCG username and password. Flip through the magazines just like you would flip through a paper copy. Expand the page size so you can easily view it on your smartphone.

Truth is, we want the word to get out – so take a moment to take a look here.
And while you’re at it, spread the word! We don’t want this to be a secret!
Here’s our current Flipstertitle list – and more titles may be added in the future!

  • Architectural Digest
  • Discover
  • Ebony
  • Esquire
  • Fine Homebuilding
  • Fine Woodworking
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Glamour
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • House Beautiful
  • The New Yorker
  • Southern Living
  • Threads

New DVDs at UNCG

Check-in to see which new DVDs are hitting the shelves in Jackson Library!

New DVDs

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:18:00 +0000

Ocean's eight

My generation

Elizabeth blue

Jurassic world. Fallen kingdom 

The big bang theory. The complete eleventh season
Fresh off the boat. The complete second season
This is us. The complete second season

UNCG Libraries Suggestion Box

See responses to your suggestions here!

Whiteboard tables

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:06:00 +0000

You asked: Can we get whiteboard tables that we can write on?  They are really convenient.

We are planning to experiment with different types of furniture this year and we can certainly try these!

In the meantime check out our new group study areas on Tower 2, 3 and 4 with lots of whiteboard space. And we bought many new rolling white boards that are on all the floors in Jackson and Schiffman

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

Photos and other fun stuff from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives in the University Libraries. You can also follow us on Twitter: @UNCGArchives!

On 28 September, 1975 congress authorized the admission of women...

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:00:35 -0400

On 28 September, 1975 congress authorized the admission of women into the service academies. Here is Barbara Wujciak as a midshipman at the Naval Academy, circa 1980.  In 1981, Wujciak was discharged from the Academy on charges of being a lesbian. Subsequently, with the assistance of another service member who had been discharged from the Naval Academy, Wujciak created the United States Naval Academy Out group. She also began serving on the Board of Directors for the Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network. The law banning military service by lesbian, gay, and bisexual people was repealed in December 2010.

Spartan Stories

Tales from the University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

T. Gilbert Pearson: A Legacy of Wildlife Conservation

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000

As one of the early faculty members at the State Normal and Industrial College (now UNC Greensboro), T. Gilbert Pearson (1872-1943) was a favorite among his students, but he is perhaps best known for helping to found the National Association of Audubon Society. 

T. Gilbert Pearson

Born in Indiana and raised in Florida, Pearson spent his early years developing an interest in nature. He lived with his family in a log cabin in the woods where he collected and sold rare and valuable eggs. He also traded the eggs for books about birds. By the age of 18, he had amassed a significant collection of eggs and mounted birds and parlayed it into payment toward a college tuition and board. In 1891, Guilford College, a private Quaker college located in Greensboro, North Carolina, agreed to accept the young man’s offer if he would consent to mount additional birds for the school’s ornithological museum. He had a very successful college life at Guilford College, becoming active in academic organizations and campus sports. After graduation, Pearson entered the University of North Carolina, located in Chapel Hill, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He then returned to Guilford College to teach biology and continued his interest in the preservation of the state’s dwindling bird population.
State Normal Biology Classroom with Pearson's Birds

In 1901, Pearson decided to accept a position at the State Normal as the chair of the geology and biology department. His natural teaching style made him immediately beloved by the students. Virginia Brown (Class of 1902) recalled Pearson was "young, eager, the sort of person to whom each day seemed fresh as if just created. We caught his spirit." The young professor impressed the students by reciting poetry and telling them stories about the birds and animal life he had seen in the wild before morning class. Believing that nature was the best teacher, he often left the confines of the classroom to hold sessions in his “laboratory,” Peabody Park, sometimes joined by equally captivated faculty members. The existence of this campus park enabled him to teach the young women in his charge about local birds and their migratory patterns. Thus, when they became teachers, they could pass the information to their students.

Pearson (lower left) on an outing near Pilot Mountain, 1893
The school’s president, Charles Duncan McIver, encouraged the young professor and asked him to establish a museum of native birds. It was during his time at the State Normal that Pearson wrote Stories of Bird Life and organized the first Audubon Society in North Carolina. He also served as Managing Editor of The State Normal Magazine.

Pearson's Stories of Bird Life

Pearson’s life progressively would progressively take a turn toward conservation. In 1903, he became the Secretary of the National Audubon Society and State Game Commissioner. He also began to lobby the North Carolina legislature to pass a law that would give the Audubon Society the right to enforce wildlife laws in the state. This would be known as the “Audubon Act,” allowing a private organization to have public authority and creating the South’s first wildlife commission. Although McIver wanted to retain him on the faculty, Pearson left in 1904 to become a full-time agent for the newly formed National Association of Audubon Societies. He later became president of the organization.

Pearson continued as a prolific speaker and writer on behalf of North Carolina’s wildlife, penning an autobiography, Adventures in Bird Protection, as well as The Bird Study Book and Birds of North Carolina and serving as co-editor of the three-volume book, Birds of America. He would move into a national role in conservation, becoming secretary, and later president of the National Association of Audubon Societies.

John Burroughs Memorial Association Medal

After spending his life working toward the conservation of the state’s wildlife, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of North Carolina in 1924. Additionally, Pearson received the medal of the John Burroughs Association and was honored in France with the medal of the Society National d’Acclimatation. He passed away in in 1943 and now lays buried next to his wife Elise Weatherly Pearson (a State Normal alumna, Class of 1896) in Green Hill Cemetery in Greensboro.