Browse Exhibits (30 total)

African Americans and Integration

The Civil Rights Movement both on and off campus and the university's first Black students and faculty.

African Americans and Segregation

The emergence of separate educational institutions for blacks and whites and faculty efforts to begin the serious and objective study of southern race relations.

American Indians and Chapel Hill

The university's collection of American Indian artifacts and documents, its interest in Indian folk culture, and the emergence of American Indian studies on campus.

Antebellum College Life

Earliest known daguerreotype of a student group, ca. 1853-57

Student and faculty life before the Civil War, including the classical curriculum and faculty struggles to maintain student discipline.

Architectural Highlights of Carolina's Historic Campus

Descriptions of buildings on historic McCorkle and Polk Places dating from Old East (1793), the first building erected on a public university campus, to the designs of Alexander Jackson Davis and the Beaux-Arts Wilson Library of 1929.

Building a Research University

Carolina's early twentieth-century transformation from a small local college to a true university with highly trained professors, improved libraries and laboratories, and a university press.

Carolina's Early Benefactors

Role of early benefactors in strengthening the university from its founding during the 1790s to the critical donation by Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham in 1917 that established the Kenan Professorships.

Carolina’s Literary History

Influence of drama professor Frederick Koch, novelist Thomas Wolfe, and English professor Louis Rubin on campus writers and the emergence of George Moses Horton, Walker Percy, Doris Betts, and Charles Frazier.

Davie and the University's Founding

The creation of the University of North Carolina, with information on the life of its principal founder, William Richardson Davie.

Frank Porter Graham

The career of one of the university's most memorable presidents, who sustained the university during the Great Depression and World War II, elevated its reputation through distinguished national service, and demonstrated a lifelong commitment to progressive social change.