Timeline extended for launch of Wilson Library facilities work.

Collection Number: 20498

Collection Title: Bill Smith T-Shirt and Cookbook Collection, 1950s-2014

This collection has access restrictions. For details, please see the restrictions.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the Duplication Policy section for more information.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Collection Overview

Size 24.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract Bill Smith is a white chef and author in Carrboro, N.C. The Bill Smith T-Shirt and Cookbook Collection, 1950s-2014, consists of Smith's collected T-shirts, chiefly of rock bands that performed at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C., and community cookbooks published by churches and women's organizations located across the South.
Creator Smith, Bill, 1949 January 11-
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Information For Users

Restrictions to Access
The T-shirts in this collection are not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting this collection.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Bill Smith T-Shirt Collection #20498, Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bill Smith in February 2014 (Acc. 102015) and from the Chapel Hill Public Library in November 2019 (Acc. 103750).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Processing Information

A summary description was created in March 2018 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Smith, March 2018

Revisions by: Nancy Kaiser, March 2020

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subject Headings

The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Biographical Information

Bill Smith is the head chef of Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the author of the cookbook "Seasoned in the South." A few years after arriving as a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969, Smith joined Marcia Wilson at the helm of Cat's Cradle when her two original partners left.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Scope and Content

The Bill Smith T-Shirt and Cookbook Collection, 1950s-2014, consists of Smith's collected T-shirts, chiefly of rock bands that performed at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C., and community cookbooks published by churches and women's organizations located across the South.

Back to Top

Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series Quick Links

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. T-shirts, 1980-2014 (Original Deposit).

141 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 102015

Bill Smith's collection of T-shirts, chiefly of rock bands that performed at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C.

Box 1

Hillbilly Frankenstein

Neil Diamond All Stars

King Missile

Vote Gantt

Campaign t-shirt for Harvey Gantt's U.S. Senate campaign.

American Music Club

Pere Ubu

The Modern Dance.

Line drawing of rectangular box with an arrow pointing out of it


Sonic Youth


Mit Gas.

The Ghost of Rock

from Sleazefest 2001

The Melvins

Cibo Matto

Machines of Loving Grace

The Donnas

Get Skintight.

Box 2

Guided By Voices

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Paul Westerberg



Billy Bragg and the Blokes

England, Half English.

Yo La Tengo

Billy Bragg

Sun, Sea, and Socialism.

Horned lions/tigers illustration, the word cole

Alejandro Escovedo

Gantt '96

Campaign T-shirt for Harvey Gantt's U.S. Senate campaign 1996.

Archers of Loaf


Corrosion of Conformity

Marcia Ball

Hot Tamale Baby.

The Decemberists

Box 3

"trans 003 transmit.org 14-15 july 2000"

Yo La Tengo


The Amazing Dolores

Stop Messin' With My Mind.

Junk in the Trunk

Yo La Tengo

Popular Songs.

Tift Merritt and The Carbines

Bramble Rose.

Yo La Tengo

Capsize 7

El Sucio


Miracle Legion

Pio Nock Friend to Grock, June Tour 1990.


Sun City Girls

Butter 08

Box 4

Buick MacKane

The Pawn Shop Years.

Capsize 7

The Lemonheads


Auntie Christ

Erectus Monotone

The Forty-Fives

Johnny Quest

Bad Mutha Goose and The Brothers Grimm



The Pressure Boys

Krandlebanum Monumentus, Bowl Like Hell! Tour.

Shiny Beast

The Jody Grind

Merge Records

Merge Records 10th Anniversary Celebration, 22-24 July 1999.

Alice Donut



Black-and-white image of a nude women with the word "culture" in a text block.

Box 5


Indoor Living.

Sufjan Stevens

Come on Feel the Illinoise.

The Amps

Buick MacKane

The Pawn Shop Years.

Camper Van Beethoven

Crooked Fingers

Death Cab For Cutie

"We Have the Facts and We're Voting," with Democratic Party Donkey, play on the album We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes

Three Bad Jacks

Combustible Edison

Medeski Martin and Wood

Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey


Soul Coughing

Miracle Legion

It's Almost Christmas Tour.


Box 6

Medeski Martin and Wood

Merge Records

Merge Records 20th Anniversary Celebration, 22-26 July 2009.


Jack Black

The Melvins

Front: Fuck Melvins; back: Louder Than Soundgarden.

Cibo Matto

Stereotype A.

The Butthole Surfers


The Flat Duo Jets

Sleazefest 1998

Sleazefest, August 1998 at the Local 506.

Sleazefest 2000

Sleazefest, August 2000 at the Local 506.

Archers of Loaf


Half Japanese

Box 7

Southern Culture on the Skids

Cobra Kahn


New Music Seminar

Front: New Music Seminar, New York 1985; back: Capitol (Records).

The Lemonheads

The Dragstrip Syndicate


I Am Beautiful.

Camper Van Beethoven

Front: CVB Revolutionary Manifesto 2004

The Dead Milkmen

Yo La Tengo

Neil Diamond All Stars

World Tour 1998 (if your world is Chapel Hill)


Featuring: Bicycle Face, Erectus Monotone, Finger, Metal Flake Mother, Polvo, Superchunk, Vanilla Trainwreck, Zen Frisbee.

Archers of Loaf

All the Nations Airports.

Robyn Hitchcock

Moss Elixir.

Box 8

Tift Merritt and The Carbines

Bramble Rose.

Combustible Edison


Miracle Legion

Me and Mr. Ray.

Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians


Show Me Your Riffs.

The Melvins

Mike Watt

"Ring Spiel" tour 1995, with Foo Fighters and Hovercraft.

WXYC 89.3

Alphabet shirt.

Social Distortion

Steel Pole Bath Tub

Lucky Boys Confusion

The Jesus Lizard

Box 9

Erectus Monotone


Coilin' 'n' Toilin' Tour 1991.

The Mekons

The Grifters

Back: Shangri-La Records


"See the 'Best' in Action"



The Friggs

Sonic Youth

Tift Merritt


Music Maker Relief Foundation

The Smiths

The Queen Is Dead.

Box 10

Dillon Fence

Anti-Jesse Helms

"Stop the Monster -- Defeat Helms"; illustration of Helms with sharp teeth and red words beaming from his eyes (hate, bigotry, censorship).

WXYC 89.3

Simple design with volume knob.

Yo La Tengo

Dog Faced Hermans

"Do the Dog."

The Carter Family

Sub-text: Sara Maybelle and A.P.

Sex Police

Front: "Flame Retardant Asbestos Suit"; back: "You Need it."

Yo La Tengo



Globe with red circle and cross-through line.

Jack Black

Leopard head graphic.

Bad Brains

Quickness World Tour 1989.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Cookbooks, 1950s-1970s (Addition of November 2019)

Approximately 50 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103750

Custodial History: Acquired from Chapel Hill Public Library

Bill Smith's collection of community cookbooks published by churches, parent teacher associations, the Junior League, YWCA, and other women's organizations infrom Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Mexico.

Box 11-16

Box 11

Box 12

Box 13

Box 14

Box 15

Box 16

Cookbooks, 1950s-1970s

Back to Top