Collection Number: 40056

Collection Title: Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-2017

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4600 items)
Abstract The Library's Rare Book Collection had its origin in the establishment, in 1929, of the Hanes Foundation for the Study of the Origin and Development of the Book, which was made possible by an endowment from the family of John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes. The Hanes endowment enabled the Library to acquire a fine colleciton of incunabula, which became the core of its rare book holdings. Other endowments were later obtained and valuable collections added, including collections of Shakespeare, Johnson, Boswell, Dickens, and Cruikshank. In 1952 the Library's rare books were brought together in a new Rare Book Room. Lawrence F. London became the first full-time Curator of Rare Books in 1959 and served until 1975. The collection consists of correspondence and other files relating to the establishment of the Hanes Foundation for the Study of the Origin and Development of the Book, and the subsequent development and administration of the Library's Rare Book Collection, as well as posters for events sponsored by the Rare Book Collection from 1982 to 2017.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rare Book Collection.
Language English
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This collection contains additional materials that 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 these materials.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40056, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Periodic transfer from the offices that create these records.
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.
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The Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has its origins in the Hanes family's 1929 gift of a significant collection of incunabula. At the time of the gift, Frederic M. Hanes announced that he and other members of his family would continue to support the growth of a collection that would include examples of the origin and development of the book. Hanes also said he thought the University should provide an appropriate setting for such a collection. The Great Depression and World War II intervened, however, and it was not until the completion in 1952 of an addition to the Library that the University was able to establish its Rare Book Room, now called the Rare Book Collection.

When the Rare Book Room opened in 1952, it was one of the administrative responsibilities of the Associate Librarian, who administered it with the assistance of a part-time librarian and a research assistant. The first full-time Curator was appointed in 1959. Curators have included Lawrence Foushee London (1959-1975), Paul S. Koda (1975-1984), Roberta Engleman, Acting (1984-1985), and Charles McNamara (1986-2006).

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The Records of the Rare Book Collection contain correspondence, memoranda, gift records, and clippings. Most of the correspondence and memoranda deal with acquisitions for the collection. There is considerable correspondence with the Hanes family, William Henry Hoyt, William Asbury Whitaker, and other donors to the collection. Also included are posters for events sponsored by the Rare Book Collection, 1982 to 2017.

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Box 1

Administrative Memoranda, Inter-office Correspondence, and News Releases, 1952-1961; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 1

Book Auctions, 1929-1930 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 1

Bookplates, undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 1

(samples)

Bryan Collection, 1925; 1933-1935; 1941-1942; 1956-1957 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 1

Childers, James Saxon, 1946-1948; 1951-1952 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 1

Correspondence, 1929-1930; 1936; 1938-1972 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 1

Box 2

Correspondence, 1973-1979 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Donors, Biographical Sketches of, undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Emmett, Burton: Collection, 1950-1954 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Emmett, Burton: Graphic Arts Collection, 1954 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Furnishings, 1951-1961 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Gift Books, 1935-1936; 1959; 1972-1974; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

(lists; arranged by donor)

Gift Slips, 1946-1957 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

(arranged by donor; see also specific donors listed individually)

Hanes Family Gifts: Bookplate, 1929-1930; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Hanes Family Gifts: Correspondence, General, 1928-1979; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

(see also Hunter Incunabula)

Hanes Family Gifts: Hanes Foundation for the Study of the Origin and Development of the Book, 1928-1978 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Hanes Family Gifts: Printed Material, 1957; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Harrisse, Henry, Collection, 1959 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Hayne Collection, 1926-1928; 1944; 1976 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Henderson, Archibald: American Drama Collection, 1929-1939; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Henderson, Archibald: Shaw, George Bernard, Collection: Correspondence, 1946-1956; 1959-1964; 1975-1976; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Henderson, Archibald: Shaw, George Bernard, Collection: Gift Slips and Records, 1946-1959 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Henderson, Archibald: Shaw, George Bernard, Collection: Henderson Lecture on Shaw (15 November 1956), 1956-1957 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

(includes related correspondence and other material)

Henderson, Archibald: Shaw, George Bernard, Collection: Tax Statements, 1955-1960 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 2

Box 3

History of the Book, WUNC-TV, 1946-1947? #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Holt, Roland, Collection on American Theater, 1936 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Hoyt, William Henry: Bequest, 1957-1960 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Hoyt, William Henry: Correspondence, 1944; 1952-1957 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Hoyt, William Henry: Gift Slips, 1953-1955 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Hoyt, William Henry: Photos, undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Hoyt, William Henry: Printed Material and Memoranda, 1954-1957; 1977; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Hunter Incunabula: Correspondence, 1927-1938 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Hunter Incunabula: Inventories, undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Incunabula in the Hanes Collection, 1940-1947 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Martinus Nijhoff, 1929-1930; 1933 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Paine, Gregory L., 1952-1953; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Papyri, 1930-1931 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Poliphilus, 1930 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Publicity and News Releases, 1929-1952; 1980; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

The Shedd Collection of Aphorisms, 1942-1957 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Special Collections Plans and Goals, 1962; 1971; 1973 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Tannenbaum Shakespeare Collection: General, 1947-1951; 1953 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Tannenbaum Shakespeare Collection: Dorothy R. Tannenbaum, 1950-1956 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Want List, 1962; 1973; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Weil Family Gifts: General, 1949-1979 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

(scattered dates)

Weil Family Gifts: Abram Weil, 1957-1958 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Weil Family Gifts: Mrs. Leslie Weil, 1950-1954 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Weil Family Gifts: Mrs. Lionel Weil, 1949 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Weil Family Gifts: Lionel Weil, 1927-1949 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Weil Family Gifts: Ruth Weil Memorial, [1947] #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Weil Family Gifts: Weil Lectures, 1949-1957 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Whitaker, William A.: Correspondence, 1946-1960 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Whitaker, William A.: Dickens Collection, 1949-1955; 1958 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Whitaker, William A.: Foundation Library Fund, 1960-1977 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Whitaker, William A.: Gift Slips, 1946-1956 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Whitaker, William A.: Johnson-Boswell Collection, 1948-1952; 1956 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Whitaker, William A.: Legal Documents (including will), 1957; 1959-1961; undated #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Whitaker, William A.: Shakespeare Collection, 1947; 1950 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

(see also Tannenbaum Shakespeare Collection, above)

Whitaker, William A.: Tannenbaum Collection, 1948-1949 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Wilmer Collection of Civil War Fiction, 1945-1949; 1953; 1957 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

Yale University Babylonian Collection, 1929-1930 #40056, Series: "Library Rare Book Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1928-1979." Box 3

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100 items.

This addition consists of posters created for lectures, exhibits, and other events sponsored by the Rare Book Collection.

Transferredy by the Rare Book Collection, November 2017 (RT 20171120.1).

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-40056/1-2

OPF-40056/1

OPF-40056/2

Rare Book Collection event posters, 1982-2017 #40056, Series: "Addition of November 2017: Event Posters, 1982-2017" OPF-40056/1-2

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated because of addition by Jennifer Coggins and Laura Smith, January 2018

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