Thursday, February 25, 2010

What Happened to African-American Families Separated by Slavery After Emancipation?

Please join us in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 4, for a lecture by UNC Chapel Hill History professor Heather Williams. Dr. Williams' talk, "Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended," is the final lecture in our "Forever Free" series. We were especially interested in bringing Dr. Williams to campus as our last speaker as her current research focuses on the immediate after effects of emancipation on Southern black families, picking up where our exhibit ends.

Dr. Williams, whose first book, Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom, received numerous awards, has been at Chapel Hill since 2004. Before turning to academia, Dr. Williams taught at the high school level, winning a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. Dr. Williams also had a distinguished legal career, working for the Department of Justice, the US Attorney's Office, and Miracle Makers. She is currently working on a new book project, Information Wanted: Separation and Reunification of African American Families in 19th Century America.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Kimberly Lutz at 336-256-8598 or

Friday, February 12, 2010

Abraham Lincoln talk on Thursday, February 18

"Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?" Join us as noted legal scholar Dr. Paul Finkelman provides his perspective on Lincoln's role in ending slavery in America. Dr. Finkelman, who has appeared in such documentaries as Ken Burns' Thomas Jefferson as well as Up for Grabs, a documentary about Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball, is an expert on Abraham Lincoln and nineteenth-century American history. The editor of the comprehensive The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia (2009), Finkelman also served as an advisor to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Dr. Finkelman was a plenary speaker at the 150th anniversary commemoration of John Brown's raid of Harper Ferry last Fall. He also served as an expert witness in Harvard Law School's retrial of the Dred Scott v. Sanford case, an event that drew the participation of Kenneth Starr and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Dr. Finkelman's lecture is the fourth in the University Libraries' "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation" series. This talk is free and open to the public. 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 18, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Join us for a celebration of a very special collection!

Remember Pollyanna, Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew? They, along with their sisters in American children's fiction, have been collected and preserved as part of the UNCG University Libraries' Girls Books in Series Collection. This remarkable compilation of serial literature (1840s-1970s), which includes nearly 2,800 volumes from more than 500 series, is the strongest in the country. In out stacks, researchers are able to trace the history of American girlhood as depicted in the pages of these well-loved stories.

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries invite you to join us for a tea and a talk about this jewel of a collection. Professor Joe Sutliff Sanders, a professor from Cal State San Bernardino, is an active user of the UNCG Libraries' Special Collections. He will share his research in a talk entitled, "Classic Girls, Modern Stories." Tea and cookies will follow, along with an exhibit of many of the books.

Please join us from 2-4 pm in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library on Monday, February 15. Seating is limited, so to reserve your spot, please RSVP to Kimberly Lutz at or 336.256.8598 by Wednesday, February 10.>