Collection Number: 40496

Collection Title: George Lensing Papers, 1960-2017

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract George Lensing is a white scholar of modern American poetry known particularly for his work on Wallace Stevens. He joined the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 and served in that department until his retirement in 2016. During his time at UNC-Chapel Hill, Lensing served in numerous administrative roles, including secretary of the faculty, director of the English honors program, assistant dean of honors in the College of Arts and Sciences, advisory board member for the Campus Y, member of the Morehead and Robertson scholarship committees, and member of the chancellor's award committee. He also served as the faculty adviser to the Order of the Golden Fleece, a campus honor organization. Papers relate primarily to Lensing's service to the university and consist largely of correspondence with chancellors and other university figures, 1970s-2017. Included are photographs of several UNC chancellors as well as United States president Bill Clinton, who spoke at University Day in 1993. Also included is a small series of U.S. national political memorabilia, 1960-1977, collected by Lensing.
Creator Lensing, George S., 1943-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 George Lensing Papers #40496, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received January 2019 from George Lensing (RT 20190117.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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George Lensing is a white scholar of modern American poetry known particularly for his work on Wallace Stevens. He joined the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 and served in that department until his retirement in 2016. During his time at UNC-Chapel Hill, Lensing served in numerous administrative roles, including secretary of the faculty, director of the English honors program, assistant dean of honors in the College of Arts and Sciences, advisory board member for the Campus Y, member of the Morehead and Robertson scholarship committees, and member of the chancellor's award committee. He also served as the faculty adviser to the Order of the Golden Fleece, a campus honor organization.

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Papers relate primarily to Lensing's service to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and consist largely of correspondence with chancellors and other university figures, 1970s-2017. Included are photographs of several UNC chancellors as well as United States president Bill Clinton, who spoke at University Day in 1993. Also included is a small series of U.S. national political memorabilia, 1960-1977, collected by Lensing.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017

This series consists of materials related to Lensing's various administrative roles and projects at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as photos taken by Lensing at university events.

Box 1

Wallace Stevens celebration, 1979 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Chancellor Ferebee Taylor, 1972 and 1993 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Matt Doherty, 1982-2002 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Chancellor Christopher Fordham 1992-1993 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Presidential Candidates Forum at UNC-Chapel Hill, September 1987-program #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Graham Memorial report, 1991 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Chancellor Paul Hardin, 1992-1993 and Barbara Hardin, 2017 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Photographs: President Bill Clinton at University Day, 1993 (Bicentennial) #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Chancellor Michael Hooker, 1995-1999 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Photographs: Installation of Chancellor Michael Hooker #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Chancellor James Moeser, 2000-2007 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Photographs: James Moeser at Golden Fleece's 100th Anniversary #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Chancellor Holden Thorp, 2008 and 2010 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Chancellor Carol Folt, 2013-2016 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Photographs: Installation of Chancellor Carol Folt and Chancellor Folt at the Golden Fleece's 100th Anniversary #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Photograph of a panel including Bill Friday, 2011 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Doris Betts, 2011-2012 and undated #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

Consists primarily of materials related to Doris Betts' papers and ephemera from memorial events for Betts.

Letter to Bill Friday regarding Doris Betts' papers, 2011 #40496, Series: "1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-2017" Box 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Coggins, January 2019

Encoded by: Laura Smith, January 2019

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