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Transcribe-a-thon November 5, 2015

The following guest post was written by Stephanie Hsieh, the 2015-2017 Stone Center Library CALA.

Following the Paper Trail: All About UNC’s First Transcribe-a-thon

How do we learn about the past? Without time travel, one of our most important methods for peering back in time is paper. Think of how much of your life is on paper: letters, cards, medical records, legal matters. Now imagine if every e-mail you’ve ever sent or received was printed out too!

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All of those papers would tell some future reader a little something about your life. The same is true of the old letters, poems, ledgers, and more in UNC’s Southern Historical Collection. By studying the papers of the past, we can learn more about how people thought, worked, and lived.

Archivists work hard to find and preserve those documents for generations to come. That often means sealing them away from light and moisture that might damage them further. But what about us, the people who want to read them and learn more about our past right now?

That’s where UNC’s first Transcribe-a-thon, held on November 5, 2015, came in.

The Transcribe-a-thon was an opportunity for participants to make history, touch history, and learn more about what archivists and others involved in document preservation, do. The Southern Historical Collection has a treasure trove of handwritten documents that tell us about African American culture in the nineteenth century. Poems, letters, diaries, and more tell the story of what life was like for African Americans living 300 years ago.

Old documents can be pretty hard to read. That’s where transcription comes in! Transcribers got to look at these documents up close while transcribing them from handwriting to something easier to read. During the Transcribe-a-thon, participants were also taught some of the tips and tricks that archivists, paleographers and historians use to read those old documents.

Photos of the event are available here.


‘Returning to Where the Artistic Seed was Planted: Selected Works of J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.’


The Stone Center Library is proud to host an exhibit of selected works of J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. beginning on April 1, 2015 and running through June 30, 2015. A native of North Carolina, Grigsby was born in Greensboro, NC in 1918 and was an artist, an art educator and a scholar. He was also a contemporary of several noted 20th century artists including Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden.

The 14 paintings that will be on display are part of an exhibit developed by Dr. Marshall Grigsby, son of the artist, for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, North Carolina.

An opening reception will take place at the Stone Center Library (3rd floor of the Stone Center) on April 1 at 5 pm. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For event information, contact Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, liza_terll@unc.edu, (919) 548-1203.

More information about the exhibition and opening reception can be found here: http://bit.ly/1boA6jD

The Stone Center Library has also prepared a bibliography in support of the exhibit, the PDF of which is available here.


IAAR Women of Color and Culturally Relevant Educational Leadership


The UNC Chapel Hill Institute of African American Research (IAAR) is sponsoring a talk by Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez Vargas on the topic of culturally relevant leadership in independent schools on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 3pm in the Toy Lounge of Dey Hall on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.

The Stone Center Library staff has prepared a list of references available through UNC-CH Libraries that can shed more light on this and related topics, including culturally relevant education and women in education.


Independent Schools

Beadie, Nancy, and Kimberley Tolley. Chartered Schools: Two Hundred Years of Independent Academies in the United States, 1727-1925. New York: Routledge Falmer, 2002. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

Case, Agnes Gilman. Operating an Independent School: A Guide for School Leaders. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

Hughes, Kimberly B., and Sara A. M. Silva. Identifying Leaders for Urban Charter, Autonomous and Independent Schools: Above and beyond the Standards. Bingley: Emerald Group Pub., 2013. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

Independent Schools: A Handbook. 6th ed. Princeton, NJ: Secondary School Admission Test Board, 1980. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

Kane, Pearl Rock. Independent Schools, Independent Thinkers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1992. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

Blacks in Education

Asumah, Seth Nii, and Valencia C. Perkins. Educating the Black Child in the Black Independent School. Binghamton, NY: Global Publications, 2001. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

Kane, Pearl Rock., and Alfonso J. Orsini. The Colors of Excellence: Hiring and Keeping Teachers of Color in Independent Schools. New York: Teachers College, 2003. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

Leadership through Achievement: Women of Color in Higher Education. Washington, DC: American Council on Education, 2005. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

Vargas, Lucila. Women Faculty of Color in the White Classroom: Narratives on the Pedagogical Implications of Teacher Diversity. New York: P. Lang, 2002. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Stone Center Library)

Mallery, David. Negro Students in Indepedent Schools. Boston: National Association of Public Schools, 1963. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

Slaughter-Defoe, Diana T. Black Educational Choice Assessing the Private and Public Alternatives to Traditional K-12 Public Schools. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Stone Center Library)

Women in Education

Dean, Diane R., Susan J. Bracken, and Jeanie K. Allen. Women in Academic Leadership: Professional Strategies, Personal Choices. Sterling, VA.: Stylus Pub., 2009. Print. (Available in UNC-CH Davis Library)

This source list is available as a printable PDF.

Compiled by Stephanie Cornelison

IAAR Brown Bag – “Condom Distribution and Safe Sex Messaging Intervention Targeting Young Black Women”

The UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of African American Research (IAAR) continues their spring 2015 series of brown bag lectures with a presentation by Diane Francis, UNC-CH School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  The talk will be held on February 9, 2015 at 12:00pm in Room 309C of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. Ms. Francis talk is titled “Condom Distribution and Safe Sex Messaging Intervention Targeting Young Black Women”.

The Stone Center Library staff has prepared a bibliography to accompany this lecture, the PDF of which can be found here.

Additional information about Ms. Francis’ work can be found here: http://caribbeanhealth.org/

Department of Sociology Colloquium – Karen Fields

Karen Fields Flyer

Karen E. Fields will be delivering a lecture on February 4, 2015, at 12:00pm in the Hitchcock Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

Dr. Fields is an independent scholar and the author of several articles and three published books: Revival and Rebellion in Colonial Central Africa; Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir (with Mamie Garvin Fields), and a translation of Emile Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. She also has two book-length works in progress: Bordeaux’s Africa and Race Matters in the American Academy.

She holds degrees from Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the Sorbonne.

Fields’ talk will focus on the French cities of Bordeaux and Nantes and their role in the “triangular trade” of slaves, manufactured goods and colonial products illustrated below.

Image: “Locke and slavery” Oregon State University n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.

Selected relevant UNC Library resources:

The Atlantic Slave Trade: Effects on Economies, Societies, and Peoples in Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Ed. Stanley L. Engerman, et al. Durham: Duke University Press, 1992.

Bordeaux Au XVIIIe Siècle: Le Commerce Atlantique Et l’Esclavage. Ed. Christian Block, et al. Bordeaux: Le Festin, 2010.

Deveau, Jean-Michel. La Traite Rochelaise. Paris: Karthala, 1990.

Eltis, David, and David Richardson. “Productivity in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.Explorations in economic history 32.4 (1995): 465-84.

Fields, Karen E., Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life. Ed. Barbara Jeanne Fields and . London;New York: Verso, 2012.

Harms, Robert W., The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade. New York: Basic Books, 2002.

Lindsay, Lisa A. Captives as Commodities: The Transatlantic Slave Trade. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.

Miller, Christopher L., The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Morgan, Kenneth. “Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.” International history review XXX.4 (2008): 785-95.

Saugera, Éric. Bordeaux, Port Négrier: Chronologie, Économie, Idéologie, XVIIe-XIXe Siècles. Biarritz; Paris: J & D éditions; Karthala, 1995.

Stein, Robert Louis. The French Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century: An Old Regime Business. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1979.

Walvin, James, author. Crossings: Africa, the Americas and the Atlantic Slave Trade. London: Reaktion Books, 2013.

These and other sources are available as a printable PDF.

2015 UNC-CH African American History Month lecture – Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad


Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad will deliver the 11th Annual African American History Month Lecture on February 17, 2015, in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Auditorium.

In addition to being the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Research and a sought-after speaker, Dr. Muhammad has published extensively, including his book The Condemnation of Blackness: race, crime, and the making of modern urban America, and several articles. Links to published articles, audio, and video interviews are included below.

Muhammad, Khalil G. “White may be might, but it’s Not always Right.” The Washington Post Dec 09 2007. ProQuest. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.
Muhammad, Khalil G. “”Negro Stranger in our Midst”: Origins of African American Criminality in the Urban North, 1900–1940.” Order No. 3117624 Rutgers The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick, 2004. Ann Arbor: ProQuest. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.
Muhammad, Khalil Gibran. “Where did all the White Criminals Go? Reconfiguring Race and Crime on the Road to Mass Incarceration.” Souls 13.1 (2011): 72-90. ProQuest. 14 Jan. 2015.
Muhammad, Khalil G. “Playing the Violence Card.” New York Times Apr 06 2012, Late Edition (East Coast) ed. ProQuest. 14 Jan. 2015.

Tavis Smiley Interview: Incoming director of the city’s famed Schomburg Center
The Root Interview: The Schomburg’s Khalil Gibran Muhammad
New York Times: Historian Will Direct Schomburg Center in Harlem
Moyers and Company: Confronting the Contradictions of America’s Past Jun 29 2012 (Video

Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich interviews author Khalil Gibran Muhammad on his book “The Condemnation of Blackness.”


IAAR Brown Bag – “Brazilian Quilombos: Historical & Contemporary Struggles”

The UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of African American Research (IAAR) will be holding the first in their spring 2015 series of brown bag lectures –  “Brazilian Quilombos: Historical & Contemporary Struggles” presented by Adam Bledsoe, UNC-CH Department of Geography – on January 12, 2015 at 12:00pm in Room 309C of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

The Stone Center Library staff has prepared a bibliography to accompany this lecture, the PDF of which can be found here.