Monday, January 24, 2011

January 2011 issue of Library Columns, the Magazine of the University Libraries at UNCG

The January 2011 edition of Library Columns, the magazine of the University Libraries at UNCG, has been released. The magazine is now available only in electronic form.

We invite you to browse the current issue and review stories such as:

* UNCG's Cello Music Collections Celebrated
* Historical Maps of North Carolina
* UNCG Typhoid Victims of 1899
* Friends of the Library Dinner with Lee Smith and Hal Crowther (March 16)
* Calendar of upcoming events

Thursday, January 20, 2011

North Carolina’s Oldest Roads

"North Carolina’s Oldest Roads" will be presented by Tom Magnuson, founder and president of the Trading Path Association on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 4 p.m. in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room on the 2nd floor of Jackson Library at UNC Greensboro.

This presentation is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room at UNCG’s Jackson Library displays two early and historic maps of North Carolina, the Collet map of 1770 and the Mouzon map of 1775. These maps indicate the presence of the Trading Path from the Eno River near present-day Durham to the Yadkin River west of present-day Winston-Salem. Tom Magnuson, president of the Trading Path Association, has spent much time mapping and documenting the course of the Trading Path from its historical remains in the landscape of the Piedmont. He will discuss colonial and early American trade routes in the area, and share insight about how and why our contemporary roads sometimes follow the old routes. The close historical relationship of roads and trade routes will be discussed.

The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Join Us on January 20 When We Unveil a New Student Art Exhibit

For the second year, the University Libraries are collaborating with the Art Department to host an exhibit of student art in the Reading Room on the first floor of Jackson Library.

UNCG Art Department students collaborated on this installation that explores the history of the university. While enrolled in the courses of Design II (taught by Bryan Ellis), Alternative Photographic Process (taught by Leah Sobsey) and Books and Images (taught by Belinda Haikes), the students delved into the materials housed in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. By incorporating photographs, historical objects, letters, documents and oral history, the students’ art re-imagines the history of the campus and connects it to the present day.

The artwork pictured here is entitled "To Lula, from Charles," by student Bennie Robinson. Robinson, using an alternative photographic process, captured the deathmask of Charles McIver, founder of what is now UNCG, and overlaid it with a letter from McIver to his wife. Both the deathmask and the letter are part of the University Archives.

Please join us on Thursday, January 20, from 4-5:30 pm for the opening reception of "Shifting Grounds." The exhibit will be on display in Jackson Library throughout the Spring semester. Many of the pieces will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support the University Libraries