The doll is a part of the extensive Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) that is now celebrating its 25th anniversary with a three-day festival, which begins with a benefit dinner Thursday.
The celebration will include performances by Country Music Hall of Fame members Merle Haggard and Tift Merritt , a UNC alumna from the class of 2000.
Other items from the collection, which highlights aspects of the artistic South, include photographs, poems and concert posters. These items are on display in the library’s Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room.
Matthew Turi, manuscripts research and instruction librarian, said the library’s staff has chosen a wide variety of items from the collection to display especially for the anniversary.
“There are hundreds of thousands of materials,” Turi said as he walked between huge shelves of artifacts in the back room.
“It’s kind of an intellectual mess.”
The SFC made its way to Chapel Hill after the University of California, Los Angeles could not afford its upkeep, said Steven Weiss, curator for the collection. It opened for research in Wilson Library in 1989.
Matt Sakakeeny, assistant professor of music at Tulane University, will give a lecture on the New Orleans Brass Band Symposium on Friday night, the second day of the celebration.