Monday, August 26, 2013

Newly Processed Manuscript Collections

As the summer come to a close, it is a good time to look back at the accomplishments of the last few months.  We have five newly processed collections in the Manuscripts area of the Special Collections and University Archives that are open and ready for research.  Here's a bit more about them:

Kay Hagan
 The Kay Hagan Papers range from 2004-2010 and contain: government documents (such as statute books, budget information, etc.), correspondence with interest groups/issue representatives, constituent concerns/correspondence, legislative project information, news articles, campagin paraphenalia, and other miscellaneous items/documents. It must be noted that most of the items and documents come from Senator Hagan's time in the North Carolina State Senate.  Find out more about the contents of her collection at:

David Olson
The David Olson Political Ephemera collection, compiled by Dr. David Olson, documents political campaigns, both in the United States and on a global level, from the early nineteenth century to the most recent American presidential election in 2012. While elections during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are represented, the majority of the material relates to elections held after 1960. The first series of campaign material includes pamphlets, mailings, party documents, and promotional posters. This includes an array of material from American presidential elections as well as state level elections, with North Carolina and California receiving the most attention. The second series of political ephemera includes campaign stickers, buttons, and various other items related to elections at the national, state, and local levels.  Find out more about what his collection contains at:
Margaret Maron
Margaret Maron is an award-winning mystery writer who was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and attended Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, or UNCG) from 1956 to 1958.  The Margaret Maron Papers date from 1973 to 2010 and include drafts of Maron's mystery novels, and related correspondence, clippings, notes, timetables, diagrams, and other items. There are also files on talks and readings given by Maron, book signings, publicity tours, and similar events, as well as videotapes and audio recordings of interviews, talks, and readings by Maron between 1990 and 2010.  Check out her manuscripts at:

Michael Gills

The Michael Gills Papers document the writing career of Michael Gills, author of many short stories and novels, from 1979 to 2013. Material representing Gill's early writings include story drafts for college courses as well as work for his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation. The bulk of the collection documents Gills' post-graduate publications through various drafts of his works and related planning and research material. These include the short story collections Why I Lie (2002), Go Love (2011), and "The Death of Bonnie and Clyde" and Other Stories (2012) as well as the 2013 nonfiction work, White Indians: Notes From A Sundance. Additional material includes miscellaneous story ideas and research, assorted poetry, documents relating to Gills' time at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1987-1989), miscellaneous correspondence, and photographs.  See what's in his collection at:

Angela Davis-Gardner
Angela Davis-Gardner is a noted author and teacher from North Carolina. This collection documents the writing and teaching career of Angela Davis-Gardner from 1963 through 2012. Included are Davis-Gardner's early writings and story ideas as well as material pertaining to her college career and time as a faculty member at North Carolina State University. The bulk of the material relates to Davis-Gardner's four published novels, Felice (1981), Forms of Shelter (1991), Plum Wine (2006), and Butterfly's Child (2011). The collection contains research notes, planning materials, and drafts for each of Davis-Gardner's major works as well as related correspondence, press materials, and book reviews collected by the author.  Find out more about the Angela Davis Gardner Papers at:

Thursday, August 22, 2013



The 16th Annual Women Veterans Luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 11:30-2 at UNCG‘s Elliott University Center. The featured speaker will be Dr. Laura Browder, the author of the timely book When Janey Comes Marching Home. This collection of first-person accounts from dozens of military women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan provides a dramatic portrait of women at war. The oral histories give a presence and a voice to American women returning from service in a war zone. Browder will highlight the stories of several women she interviewed for the book, and discuss the current issues surrounding women in combat. The program is open to everyone. Tickets are free for UNCG student veterans reserves or active military, $12 for all other military veterans, and $16 or non-veterans. Table sponsorship opportunities to support student attendance will be available for $300. Contact Beth Ann Koelsch for tickets and questions at 336/334-5838 or

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Article on Woman's College Resources in Segregated North Carolina

If you're interested in learning more about the Library's - and specifically librarian Charles Adams' - struggles in allowing students from Bennett and North Carolina A&T to use Woman's College Library resources, there is an article in the newest issue of North Carolina Libraries focused on the topic. And almost all of the research was done here in UNCG's University Archives! Here is the link and additional information for those who are interested in reading:

Charles Adams and the Controversy over Use of the Woman’s College Library in Segregated North Carolina
Erin Lawrimore
North Carolina Libraries, Vol. 71, No. 1 (2013)

Abstract: In 1951, the Library at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina faced attacks from administrative leaders due to its policy of allowing African-American students from neighboring colleges to access the catalog, borrow books, and use reference resources. Librarian Charles Adams refused to ban these students from the Library's facilities, leading to repeated confrontations with the chancellor and the University of North Carolina Consolidated System's Board of Trustees. In developing guidelines that were applicable to all - not just African Americans - Adams bucked the University's segregationist policies and ensured that information needs were met, regardless of a patron's skin color.