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  • Lost, Now Found.
  • On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Jay Trask, Sally McBeth, and others from UNC’s Anthropology & History Departments will host an opening reception for the exhibit Lost, Now Found: Plains Indian Artifacts from the Hewett Collection.  The exhibit will be displayed in the black exhibit cases on the west side of the stairway on the first floor from April 23 until June 6, 2014.  The reception on April 24 will be held in that area beginning at 4:00 pm
  • .History of UNC Faculty K-12 Textbooks
  • Tip and Mitten textbook with a picture of a dog and a cat on itEarly in the University of Northern Colorado's history theinstitution earned the moniker of "the Columbia of the West," a reference to UNC's (then the State Teachers College of Colorado) excellence in the education and preparation of teachers.

    Faculty at the institution not only taught future teachers, they also authored textbooks for teachers to use in their classrooms in the state of Colorado. Many of these textbooks were of such high quality that they were adopted by school systems around the country.

    The Tip & Mitten textbook series, written by State Teachers College of Colorado faculty Paul McKee, M. Lucile Harrison, Annie McCowen, and Elizabeth Lehr, is perhaps one of the most famous, rivaling the Dick and Jane series in baby boomers' memories. Visitors to the University Libraries website can now view an online exhibit of these faculty-authored textbooks.

    The exhibit, "K-12 Textbooks Authored by UNC Faculty: 1922 - 1980," is a collaboration between the University Libraries Education Librarian, Bette Rathe, and the Archival Services Department.
  • Civil War Letters Digitizaton Project.
  • The University Libraries has recently completed a project to digitize a collection of letters dating from the Civil War period. The letters are a gift from UNC's Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, which offers workshops to K-12 educators on the use of digitized primary sources. A participant of one of these workshops donated the letters to TPS, with the Archival Services Department agreeing to house and manage them.

    The approximately 60 handwritten letters are dated from late 1861 through 1865, and were penned primarily by a soldier named Daniel Parker who served in the Union Army. A few letters were also written by Parker's fellow soldiers in the regiment, and in some cases paper was shared between soldiers so that one letter had multiple senders and recipients. The letters chronicle the soldiers' experiences in battle and the hardships faced by their regiment during its campaign, which took the troops through several states.

    The scanned letters are being added to Digital UNC, the University Libraries' online digital repository. Transcriptions of the texts are forthcoming and will be added to the repository when available.
  • A note from George R.R. Martin to Connie Willis reading "Daniel and I meant to give this to you at the Pope Room, but we were afraid you'd get tomato sauce all over it. Love, G. The Archival Service Department received several boxes filled with materials to add to the Connie Willis Papers. The items included early drafts of the novels Doomsday Book and Bellwether, research notes and a large number of science fiction/fantasy books given to Ms. Willis by her associates in the field such as George R. R. Martin, James Patrick Kelly and Harlan Ellison.

    Image: Note contained in the novel Hunter's Run from George R. R. Martin to Connie Willis.

     

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