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 wear. Warm spring days draw out the #GDTBATH shirts in full force, and the Quad is full of students decked out in Carolina blue.
UNC has an extensive system of archives documenting University events. The UNC t-shirt archive, which intends to capture the UNC experience through the eyes of students, is one of the newest of the library’s collections.
Created in October 2016, the website chronicles UNC t-shirts representing different aspects of student life. Anyone with a UNC t-shirt and a story to share can submit a photo to the archive. The archive’s Tumblr page has 345 submissions, which range from caricatures of Coach Roy Williams and Coach Mike Krzyzewski to student organizations like the Marching Tar Heels.
Jennifer Coggins, a UNC Libraries archivist and one of the project’s creators, said she is excited by the number and variety of submissions.
“Thanks to everyone who’s contributed to the project, we now have shirts spanning from the late 1940s to 2017, reflecting many different aspects of student life,” she said.