A photo of Dean Smith in the Dean Smith Center rests next to hand written notes Smith wrote in preparation for his speech in 2001 after being named Kansan of the Year.

Wilson Library collection gives insight into Dean Smith's life as a coach, friend and mentor

The legacy of Dean Smith has expanded from one dome to another. In Wilson Library, a new gift includes a collection of thousands of letters, speeches and personal items marking Smith’s personal life – one of deep faith, humility and commitment to honest competition.  


Wilson Library

Wilson Library, located at the southern tip of Polk Place, is named for UNC librarian and University historian Louis Round Wilson. Built in 1929 for $625,000, the 546,393 square foot library houses UNC’s special collections, including the North Carolina, Manuscripts, and Rare Books collections.

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Sallie Walker Stockard was the first woman to graduate from UNC. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC

'It’s just whack-a-mole': Women's history at UNC

With conversations of race and gender, historical context has become increasingly relevant. Because women comprise over 57 percent of UNC’s undergraduate enrollment, it can be perceived that the discussion of women on campus is over. Though issues facing women at UNC have changed since its first female graduate in 1898, problems still persist. 


Wilson Library hosts a UNC t-shirt archive, among other things.

T-shirts provide snapshots of student life

Students dragging themselves to 8 a.m. classes are known for dressing casually, but a lot can be learned about campus life by looking at the t-shirts they throw on. Warm spring days draw out the #GDTBATH (Good Day to be A Tar Heel) shirts in full force, and the Quad is full of students decked out in Carolina blue.


Opinion: Don't stop reading after college

Being literate can be defined two ways. Of course, being able to read is the basic definition of literacy. But literate also means having a knowledge or understanding of the readings and writings associated with a topic.