Matt's Tips from Class
- Search the Southern Historical Collection manuscripts.
- Use the Advanced Search in the UNC Catalog, and limit results to the Southern Historical Collection.
- Look for Digitized Content in Finding Aids
- Click on "Request this Collection" at the top left of a Finding Aid to have it paged & ready for your when you get to Wilson
- Do the one-time registration when you get to Wilson Library (available here as pdf)
Manuscripts @ Wilson Library
Wilson Library has some wonderful primary material for your use, especially in the Southern Historical Collection (SHC). Here's what they have:
"... more than 16 million discrete original documents ... including, letters, diaries, maps, ledgers, oral histories, photographs, literary manuscripts, drawings, sound and moving image recordings, pamphlets, and printed ephemera." (according to http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/shc/instruction.html).
Further, the collection "...provides strong documentation of all periods of southern history and culture since the late eighteenth century. Topical strengths range widely, but especially prominent are plantation culture, the American Civil War, politics and political activism, race relations, religious experience, education, rural life, public health, southern writers, African American life, journalism, business, and family relations."
There are several options for discovering what is available at the SHC:
- Search the Finding Aids* using the Google search box on this page. Try a search for newspapers.
- Browse the Finding Aids* by alphabet
- Contact Matt Turi, manuscripts reference librarian. Email: email@example.com.
*What is a finding aid?
"...[a] description of a collection of archival material." At UNC, "[t]he finding aids ... describe collections held by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. Unless otherwise noted, the online finding aid is the most detailed description of a collection."
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For More Help
Manuscripts Reference Librarian
@ Wilson Library
Everyone is welcome to use Wilson Library! Here's what to do if you want to use their resources:
- Go to Wilson Library's 2nd floor Reading Room.
- Fill out a registration form (available here as pdf) and present valid photo identification (ie, One Card).
- Laptops, silenced cell phones, and digital cameras may be brought into the Reading Room; all other personal items, including cases for the above, must be secured in a locker at the Reading Room entrance.
- Beverages and food are not permitted in the Reading Room.
- More information about using Wilson.
Here is additional information for researchers at Wilson Library.
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