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Alumni Papers

Archives & Special Collections collects the papers and records of past and present members of the student body that promote social change, demonstrate artistic and literary accomplishment, involvement in regional and/or national political activity, and document student life and activities at the university. 

Selected Alumni Papers and Collections

Connie Willis Papers: Connie Willis, a native Coloradoan, graduated from UNC in 1967 with degrees in English and in Elementary Education.  She has gone on to be the most awarded science fiction writer ever, having, to date, won eight Nebula, twelve Hugo, and fourteen Locus awards. She has also won in all Nebula categories: short story, novelette, novella, and novel. In 2012, Willis was presented with the Damon Knight Grand Master Award by the Science Fiction Writers of America joining the likes of Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.   

In February of 2010, Willis donated her collection spanning four decades to UNC.  The collection is comprised of research, handwritten manuscripts, speeches, essays, correspondence, galley proofs, and published works. In addition to these paper-based materials, the collection includes other formats such as VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, photographs, awards, and a variety of gifts given to Willis by fans.    
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Alumni Artifacts and Memorabilia: The Alumni artifact and memorabilia collection features a wide range of artifacts collected from former students of the university since its early years. These artifacts document the activities, events, and lives of the students who attended the institution between the years 1907 and 1994. In this collection, there are items such as scrapbooks, photographs, negatives, sports programs, clippings, letters, books, and more.  
There are a number of compelling items within the collection that may be of interest, the first item being a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt addressed to Nora Roop Collins on February 5th, 1954. Roosevelt wrote to Collins, thanking her for a poem dedicated to her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The second item is a 1928 megaphone belonging to Dorothy Frances Crowfoot. Inscribed on the megaphone are the scores of the sports events she attended during her school years at UNC. Third, a collection belonging to Lucille Mae Setzler offers a glimpse into the social life of UNC during the years of 1924-1928. Within Setzler's scrapbook are a plethora of dance cards from sorority and fraternity events held across campus.  
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