Rare books, photographs, sound recordings, woodblocks and much more from Wilson Library’s Special Collections will soon be on public display.
The University Libraries will hold its Recent Acquisitions Evening on April 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event celebrates additions to the Wilson Special Collections Library over the last three years.
“I like to think of it as a speed date with a rare book — where you get to circulate around the room and encounter things and have some serendipity,” Elizabeth Ott, the interim associate University librarian for special collections and director of Wilson Library, said.
Materials from the collections will be laid on the tables of the Fearrington Reading Room on Wilson Library's third floor, Ott said. Librarians and staff will be stationed at each table to answer questions and preserve the safety of the items during the event.
New materials from across the library’s five research collections will be placed together to follow themes assigned to each table.
The evening is free and open to the public.
“This year is really exciting because we do have some really major collections that we’ve added that are especially worth celebrating,” Ott said.
The evening’s highlights include images captured by Roland L. Freeman and woodblocks used to print Catholic missionary materials from the 17th- to 19th-century, which are the Special Collections’ nine millionth volume, Ott said. Scripts and papers from the archive of comedian, writer and UNC alumnus Lewis Black will also be displayed.
“Those are some of the big highlights, but really, the byline for this night is that there’s something for everyone,” Ott said. “If you’re a student at UNC, if you’re a faculty member, if you’re a researcher — what we want is that no matter what background you’re coming from, or what you’re interested in, there is something here that will speak to you and that will light you up inside.”