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Free Coffee in Jackson Library

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:57:00 +0000

Free coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be provided for UNCG students on the first floor of Jackson Library with deliveries at 9 pm and 12 a.m. on November 30, December 3 and December 4, 2017. Co-sponsored by University Libraries, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, UNCG Campus Activities & Programs and UNCG Student Government Association.

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

SAVE THE DATE: University Libraries Diversity & Global Engagement Expo

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:44:00 +0000

The UNCG University Libraries will be hosting it's 3rd Diversity and Global Engagement Expo on January 31, 2018 in the Jackson Library.  Save the Date!  We'll see you soon!

Friends of the UNCG Libraries

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are advocates and supporters of the Libraries. Our Friends make a real difference in our ability to serve the campus and the local community.

Library Faculty Elected to the North Carolina Library Association's Executive Board

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:01:00 +0000

On October 20, the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) held its 62nd Biennal Conference in Winston-Salem where its membership elected the following University Libraries' faculty to the Executive Board for the 2017-2019 biennium.

Mike Crumpton, Assistant Dean of Administration has been elected to the office of President. Amy Harris Houk, Head of Research, Outreach and Instruction, has been elected as Assistant Treasurer. Lynda Kellam, Librarian for Data Services and Government Information and Assistant Director of International and Global Studies has been elected as the American Library Association Counselor.

An affiliate of the American Library Association and the Southeastern Library Association, NCLA is the only statewide organization concerned with the total library community in North Carolina. Its purpose is to promote libraries, library and information services, librarianship, intellectual freedom and literacy. Learn more about NCLA by visiting its website.

New DVDs at UNCG

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

New DVDs

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:15:00 +0000

Cars 3

Ingrid goes west

The glass castle

Der Turm = The Tower : tales from a vanished land

Family guy. Season fifteen.
Westworld. Season one, The maze

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

Thank you Mr. Cecil!

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:03:00 +0000

Did you know that, until the 1970s, the Biltmore Estate struggled financially?  In fact, if it were not for the efforts of one man this grand house may well have fallen into ruin.  Who was this man?  His name was William A.V.  Cecil.  He recently passed away at the age of 89.  Cecil inherited the Biltmore Estate from his maternal grandfather, George Vanderbilt.  Cecil successfully transformed Biltmore and the surrounding city of Asheville into worldwide prominence.

The North Carolina Literary Map has quite a list of titles about the Biltmore Estate.  Author Howard E. Covington, Jr. wrote "Lady on the Hill," which tells how William Cecil transformed Biltmore from a crumbling mansion to the tourist magnet it is today.  Author Denise Kiernan wrote "The Last Castle," which details the life of the wealthy George Vanderbilt, his wife, Edith, and how the Biltmore Estate was built and constructed in the late 1800s.

Interested in learning more?  Then please check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and sightseeing)!


UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

SCUA collects, preserves, and makes accessible rare, unique, or otherwise significant materials outside the scope of the general UNCG library collection. We also deliver presentations, classes, tours, and exhibits. Our collections include official records, personal manuscripts, rare books, textiles, A/V materials and artifacts. Subject strengths include women's history, literature, theatre, music, and dance.

Celebrating 125 Years of Opportunity and Excellence: An Exhibit of UNCG History

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:39:00 +0000

As part of the University's celebration of 125 years of opportunity and excellence, the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library will feature an exhibit of UNCG history through the end of the academic year. Exhibit materials will rotate throughout the year, with new content added on a bimonthly basis. It will conclude on May 31, 2018.

Currently, the exhibit features materials from the founding years of the State Normal and Industrial School, including an original copy of the 1891 Act of Establishment in which the North Carolina legislature founded the institution, the letter sent to Charles Duncan McIver in June 1891 informing him that he had been named the school's first president, and photographs and other document reflecting the faculty and staff who were instrumental in the Normal's early years. Of particular note, the exhibit also includes the always-popular death mask of founding president Charles Duncan McIver, who passed away in 1906.

A second UNCG-themed exhibit currently in Hodges Reading Room explores the early history of the Alumnae (now Alumni) House, which opened in 1937. It was designed by Penrose V. Stout of Bronxville, New York, and modeled after Homewood in Baltimore, Maryland. Photographs, serving dishes, a guest register, and other items important to the Alumnae House are on display.

In future months as the exhibit contents are rotated, themes including social and political protests on campus, student organizations, and faculty contributions will be explored.

For more information on the University Archives and the University's 125th anniversary celebration, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.

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!

For #FoodieFriday , we’re featuring recent acquisitions: Knox...

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:00:43 -0500

For #FoodieFriday , we’re featuring recent acquisitions:

Knox Gelatine, Inc. Knox on-Camera Recipes: A Completely New Guide to Gel-Cookery. 1963. Jackson Library Special Collections-Home Economics Pamphlets TX814.5.G4 K5750 1963   

Before recorded video was widely available, if you missed the cooking show then you missed watching how the recipe was prepared. Knox brand gelatin had a clever solution to that dilemma by printing a recipe book that reproduced the video stills.

Here is a sample recipe for Molded Avocado and Tuna



Spartan Stories

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

Campus Maps Part I

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000

Maps are artifacts that represent a physical space fixed at one point in time. Taken individually, they tell us how to get from one place to another. They provide a view of place unattainable from the ground and give us a unique perspective and orientation. Compared with one another, maps trace the changes in our physical world. Buildings come and go, or their uses vary with the changing times. The landscape also changes as new roads are built and fields are turned into golf courses or parking lots. In this post we'll look at some examples of campus maps from our University Archives drawn by members of the university community.

Several maps of campus used in official publications were drawn by female students and alumnae of the university. These maps were used primarily in publications such as the course catalog, handbook, and brochures. These official publications would represent the university not only to its students, but to the public. Because of this, the maps had to be of high quality. Three examples of these are presented below, along with photographs of the cartographers.
This 1940 map of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina campus was drawn by Kathryn Bain (top) and Doris Shaffer (bottom), both Class of 1941 students
This 1957 map of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina was drawn by Henriette Manget Neal, Class of 1945
This 3D 1965 map of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina was drawn by Clara Reese, Class of 1965

We'll explore more campus maps from our collections in a future Spartan Stories blog!