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Global History in the Age of Discovery

September 5, 2018

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 »

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Grant to Libraries Will Provide Access to Rare Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan Dramas

June 27, 2018

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 »

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Library Celebrates Seven Million Books with Rare Poetry Volume of the African Diaspora

February 28, 2014

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.