European travel, trade and colonial ambition increased dramatically in the century and a half following Christopher Columbus’s 1492 encounter with the Americas. Coinciding with the advent of the printing press and a renewed interest in the great writers of classical antiquity, this Age of Discovery fueled scholarly attempts to write and rewrite global history. “Histories of the World: Global History… Read more »
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries has received a grant of $12,000 from the Pine Tree Foundation of New York. The grant will help the Library catalog and digitize a vast collection of rare Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan dramas. The collection is particularly significant because it contains approximately 2,000 “comedias sueltas,” according… Read more »
A rare sixteenth-century book with modern resonance will become the seven-millionth volume in the Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A free public celebration on March 20 will mark the acquisition of a book of Latin poetry published in 1573 by Juan Latino. Scholars have described Latino as the first person of sub-Saharan African descent to publish a book of poems in a Western language.
The Taiwan Ministry of Education will provide $90,000 over three years to help the UNC Library expand East Asian studies collections. On Thurs., Sept. 26, representatives from the Taiwan Ministry of Education signed an agreement that will enhance UNC library resources about the history and cultures of Taiwan. A key goal of the funding agreement… Read more »
A grant of $25,000 from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation will help to build collections in the field of Jewish studies at the UNC Libraries. In 2004, the Foundation awarded $100,000 to the Library in order to support the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, which UNC had established the year before. In its first decade,… Read more »
For the fourth consecutive year, UNC’s libraries are partnering with campus departments to collect children’s books for the Book Fairy, an organization that donates books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals. The drive will run Nov. 2 through Dec. 6, 2012. All new or gently-used books for ages one through mid-teen are welcome. The need… Read more »