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  • Hewett Collection
  •     A collection of Native American artifacts, some believed to be from 2,000 years ago, have returned to UNC after being held on loan at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center since1983 when the anthropology museum in Candelaria Hall ceased operating. Moccasins, beaded and porcupine-quilled pipe cases, a parfleche (also known as an Indian suitcase), and more than 200 Southwest pots and basketry were among the items received by Archival Services.

    The collection is named after Edgar Lee Hewett, a faculty member in the 1890s and archaeologist who is believed to have excavated some of the artifacts. Students and faculty are researching the collection, including its origins.

  • 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 the institution 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 Digitization 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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