Members of the Jackson Society supporting the University Libraries at UNCG enjoyed a holiday gathering on December 8 to peruse and learn about some of the additions to the Special Collections over the past year. After guests enjoyed refreshments Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian welcomed and thanked those attending for their generosity and support, and Becky Megerian, past chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries described the Jackson Society and encouraged guests to join or renew their memberships. Bill Finley, Head of the Special Collections and University Archives Department, described some of the reasons for acquiring the items on display, emphasizing their research value as part of larger collections. Jackson Society members and guests were then invited to browse and handle the approximately thirty items laid out for their inspection, and the faculty and staff members in the Department were available to answer questions. Volumes on display included important editions of works by Twain, Dickens, Hawthorne, and Thoreau, along with interesting letters, artwork, and examples of the book arts. A keepsake catalogue of the materials, with descriptions, was given to attendees and is posted here for further review.
To join the Jackson Society, contact Linda Burr at 336-256-0184.