Author Archives: Michael Weisenburg

15 May 1855: Walt Whitman registers for copyright and American poetry is forever changed.

On 15 May 1855, Walter Whitman deposited Leaves of Grass for copyright in the Clerk’s office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York, and the volume was announced for sale by Fowler … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Robert B. Ariail, Collector & Stargazer

This past spring, the Carolina community lost a friend and advocate of the arts and sciences, Mr. Robert B. Ariail (7 December 1931 – 27 April 2018). In his memory, The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections will … Continue reading

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The Marian Bruce Logan Collection of Civil Rights Activism

The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections recently acquired a collection comprised of the personal papers and effects of civil rights activist and cabaret singer Marian Bruce Logan (1920-1993). Marian Bruce was a cabaret singer who performed in … Continue reading

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The Last Carolina Parakeet

Incas, the last captive Carolina Parakeet, died at the Cincinnati Zoo 100 years ago today.  Only a few decades prior, the Carolina Parakeet had numbered in the millions, with a range from Florida to New England.  The parakeet was especially … Continue reading

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