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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Corrected Proofs for “The American Scholar”

On 26 January 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his journal: “Today I send the Oration to press again.” The oration that Emerson refers to was the published text of a speech that he had given at Harvard. On 31 … Continue reading

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Hidden Wonders: a Selection of Fore-Edge Paintings from the Irvin Department Stacks

The term fore-edge painting refers to an image painted or drawn on the leaves of a book. While covering the page edges of a book in gold or silver leaf was and remains a popular decorative choice, sometimes artists painted … Continue reading

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