Seahawks After Dark: The Evolution of Midnite Madness

A new exhibit about Midnite Madness at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is now on display in the library during operating hours. Check out "Seahawks After Dark" in an exhibit case adjacent to University Archives, Randall Library Room 2008, in between Honors College and University Archives.

   

Midnite Madness honors the start of the UNCW basketball season, and is typically held on a Friday in mid-October. Historically, basketball players could not legally take the court to train until the Friday closest to the 15th of October. This led many schools to start practice soon after midnight on the appointed day to get as much practice time as possible. UNCW held its first Midnight Madness event in 1990. Over the years, and with a couple of rule changes, a name change from "Midnight" to "Midnite," and the addition of other campus wide events, Midnite Madness has evolved to become a week-long celebration for both men's and women's basketball.

 

This exhibit showcases historic photographs of former basketball players and the student body, as well as tangible items portraying Seahawk Spirit. Images of the first flyer advertising the event from the student-run newspaper The Seahawk can be seen along-side flyers from more recent years. The exhibit also displays Midnite Madness t-shirts, one dating to 1998 and others that current students will recognize from past years. The exhibit even shows historic images of the UNCW mascot in its early form, visible on a Student Telephone Directory from the 1989-1990 school year and the "new" logo unvieled in The Seahawk newspaper in 1986.

  

 

Midnite Madness 2015 is on Friday, October 23 with festivities all week. For more information on Midnite Madness, see http://www.uncwsports.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

To view a digital exhibit, see

http://library.uncw.edu/archives_special/exhibits/seahawks-after-dark-evolution-midnite-madness.

 

 

Exhibition Celebrates Honors College Anniversaries

University Archives worked together with the Honors College to curate an exhibit on the history of Honors at UNCW. The Honors College is currently celebrating two anniversaries: 50 years of Departmental Honors and 20 years of the Honors Scholars Program. Drawing on materials from the Honors College and University Archives documents and artifacts, the exhibit traces the path of honors from Departmental Honors to the Honors Scholars Program to the Honors College of today. 
 
Title banner for Honors College Exhibit: Celebrating Honors College    Graduate Assistant Beth Bullock standing next to the Honors exhibit.
 
Departmental Honors began in 1965, allowing seniors to undertake a yearlong thesis project and graduate “with honors” in their major. In 1994, the Honors Scholars Program was initiated. This program offered an option for students to take part in a four-year honors curriculum and graduate with university honors. In 2011, the Honors Scholars Program was renamed the Honors College to honor its growth and success.
 
 
The exhibit showcases major milestones in the history of Honors, displaying the first thesis, completed in 1965 by Phyllis Boyles; a photo of the first graduate of the 4-year program, Nicholas Allen; and a program from the 2011 dedication of the Honors College. The exhibit also illuminates the wide variety of activities and opportunities the Honors College has sponsored over the years, including research conferences and journals, honors student trips, an award-winning newsletter, and other publications. The exhibit also highlights a few honors students who are now current faculty members, such as Dr. Tom Lankford and Dr. Julian Keith. 
 
Track Team photo from 1983 Fledgling yearbook. Photo includes two honors students, Tom Lankford and Julian Keith.
 
The exhibit will be on display over homecoming weekend and will remain on display through graduation. For more on the Honors College’s anniversaries and homecoming activities visit their website: http://uncw.edu/honors/honors5020.html
 

University Archives Collecting - A BASIC framework

 

Archives  Collections: A to Z

Disclaimer: This is not a Records Schedule, which is a much more detailed listing of materials in a University Archives, categorized by function or department. Rather, the purpose of this A-Z list is to identify some of the basic must-haves in Archives.

A

  • Accreditation/self-study reports
  • Admissions guides, bulletins, brochures
  • Alumni magazines and directories
  • Anniversary celebrations - planning materials, publicity, brochures, event information, scrapbooks.
  • Annual reports by offices, units, departments, divisions, college/school, and Chancellor
  • Apparel - see Textiles
  • Architectural plans/designs/blueprints/drawings
  • Area studies/campus studies/traffic studies
  • Art exhibition guides
  • Athletics - programs, news releases, guides, schedules, reports, correspondence, photographs, videos
  • Audit reports
  • Awardee information - biographical information, news releases, and announcements pertaining to faculty, staff, students, and alumni awards
  • Awards and certificates for the university and its departments

B

  • Benchmark Studies
  • BIG (Brand Identity Guide)
  • Board of Trustees – minutes, correspondence, oaths of office, biographical data, official photos, rosters, Executive Committee minutes, commitee minutes and reports
  • Board of Visitors - minutes, rosters, executive committee minutes, committee reports
  • Books, serials, journals, newspapers, and magazines not published by UNCW, but exclusively for or about UNCW
  • Books, serials, journals, newspapers, and magazines published by UNCW, its departments, student organizations or classes
  • Budget reports (official, annual)
  • Business Week programs

C

  • Calendars of Events
  • Camps and youth programs - brochures, guides, policies, reports
  • Campus Crime Awareness and Security Act Reports (annual)
  • Capital Improvements – architect’s proposals, change orders, budget reports.
  • Codes of Student Life/Student Handbooks (annual)
  • Common Data Set
  • Commencement programs, videos, photographs, and speeches
  • Committees and task forces of faculty, staff, and students - minutes, reports, charge, accomplishments
  • Conference programs for university-initiated or sponsored conferences or workshops
  • Contracts (selected)
  • Convocation programs, videos, photoraphs, and speeches
  • Core values
  • Course catalogs
  • Course schedules
  • Cultural activities – brochures, reports, videos
  • Curriculum – committee reports, University Studies reports, updates, news

D

  • Donors – Report of
  • Directory information (student public records formerly published in telephone directories)
  • Directories, miscellaneous (department and school)
  • Directories of Club Sports teams
  • Directories of Student Organization
  • Deans Council - minutes, committee reports, charges

E

  • Equal Employment Opportunity /Affirmative Action Plan (HR)
  • "External Programs" - programs, course descriptions, workshop descriptions for continuing studies

F

  • Faculty Senate minutes, announcements, motions, correspondence, and committee minutes, reports, etc.
  • Factsheets/IPEDS data
  • Financial reports (annual)
  • Foundational documents such as charters, certificates of establishment, acts of legislation central to university development, etc.
  • Friends of UNCW – Annual Reports, minutes, committee reports

G

  • Governance - see Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, Graduate Student Association
  • Graduate Council - minutes, announcements, motions, correspondence, executive committee minutes, etc.
  • Graduate theses
  • Grants, Awarded. Final reports, statistics of grants activity, proposals.
  • Graduate Student Association - minutes, correspondence, motions, reports, committee charges and accomplishments
  • Groundbreakings and Openings of Buildings  - programs, photographs, announcements, news releases, videos, news articles
  • Guidelines for Publications
  • Guides to Financial Aid

H

  • Handbooks - Faculty
  • Handbooks - Student Organizations
  • Histories of campus and departments
  • Honor Codes
  • Honorary societies - minutes, correspondence, reports, newsletters
  • Honors Papers
  • Housing – Guide to

I

  • Installation, Chancellor. Programs, speeches, event listings, articles, photographs, videos
  • Inventory of Fixed Assets

J

  • Judicial procedures for student conduct

 

K

  • Knowledge production - Copyright registration by UNCW and applications after expiration of copyright; Patent awards, applications, and notice of awards after expiration

L

  • Legal - selected agreements, consent decrees, memoranda of understanding, deeds of sale of university property, etc.
  • Legislation - Acts passed by NC General Assembly
  • Literary and art magazines
  • Long-Range Plans

M

  • Maps
  • Master Plans
  • Memorabilia, historical
  • Mission Statement

N

  • New Faculty and Staff - directories and profiles
  • News articles, editorials, and columns about UNCW from local, statewide, national, and international media organizations
  • News releases
  • Newsletters

O

  • On Campus Living – Guide to
  • Off Campus Living – Guide to
  • Oral Histories - Faculty, Students, Staff, Trustees (including retired)
  • Orientation Guides

P

  • Parents, Guide for
  • Performances - videos, photographs
  • Personnel records (faculty and staff) (selected, after a waiting period)
  • Photographs (University Relations)
  • Planning, Univearsity - correspondence, reports, statistics
  • Policies and Procedures – UNCW
  • Progress Measures Reports
  • Programs - Kenan Auditorium, Department of Music, Department of Theatre, Department of Art
  • Proposals to Establish New Degree Programs
  • Publications, Campus

Q

  • Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Questionnaires - Summary reports and conclusions from student, staff, and faculty surveys

R

  • Razor Walker Awards programs - Watson College of Education
  • Reports prepared for Board of Governors or UNC System President (i.e. UNC Tomorrow)
  • Research / faculty scholarship / student scholarship / creative works by faculty and students (collecting in these areas is coordinated by library with participation of Archives)

S

  • Salary increases and compensation for faculty faculty-reports
  • Scholarships - announcements, names of recipients, acknowledgments of gifts, photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Senior Sankofa programs and vidoes - Upperman Center
  • Service Awards luncheons programs and videos
  • Service Learning - eTEAL courses, programs, mission, reports, studies
  • Speeches by chancellor, provost, and senior staff
  • Staff Senate-minutes, announcements, motions, correspondence, reports and committee minutes, reports, etc.
  • Strategic Plans
  • Student Government Association-minutes, announcements, motions, correspondence, reports and committees minutes, announcements, motions, correspondence, reports, charge, accomplishments
  • Student Organization Directories for registered student organizations
  • Student Services - programs, photographs, reports, policies
  • Study Abroad - programs, reports, brochures, posters, photographs
  • Summer School - catalogs, course listings, publications, publicity, special events
  • Synergy – first-year student common read book is collected annually

T

  • Teaching - Blackboard courses, etc.
  • Textiles significant to UNCW-quilts, robes, hoods
  • Telephone directories
  • Timelines
  • Transfer Guides

U

  • UNCW Foundation - Annual Reports, minutes, committee reports
  • University Advancment - Records and statistics for major gifts and inactive endowments
  • University code

V

  • Videos (promotional/Utube/Sports/UNCW Presents/ UNCW Media programming
  • Vision Statement
  • Visual Oral Histories - videotaped oral history recordings. See Oral Histories.

W

  • Works of art reflecting UNCW

X

  • Xeroxed copies (or photocopies) may be acceptable for certain materials, such as final reports and approved minutes. We will want to note where signed originals are permanently kept if Archives maintains photocoopies.

Y

  • Yearbooks

Z

  • Zip discs, floppy disks, cdroms, and other obsolete media. We will work with you on retrieving data from these obsolete media if the information contained on it fit our collecting criteria.

University dedicates Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve, November 8, 1974

Brochure with map of the preserve     Front of a brochure for the preserve

A recent research request sent in to University Archives involved the university’s history of land use and property transactions. The Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve represents one way the university has made use of campus land. This month marks 40 years since the Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve was dedicated on November 8, 1974. Named for Herbert Bluethenthal, the preserve began with a donation from Mrs. Bleuthenthal in honor of her late husband, a Wilmington native who died in World War I. After her donation in 1973 the university set aside about 10 acres of land behind Hoggard Hall and near the university’s existing nature trail. New trails were created in order to grant easy access to areas that included excellent examples of the native flora of Southeastern North Carolina.  The preserve has been further developed over the years to offer the best examples of unique plants of the region.

The dedication ceremony featured the unveiling of the memorial to Herbert Bluethenthal by Mrs. Bleuthenthal as well as the presentation of a monument honoring the contributions to botany by Dr. Bertram Wells, a noted botanist who worked in North Carolina for much of his career. Both Dr. Wells and Mrs. Bleuthenthal were honored guests at the dedication.

The preserve is intended for use both by the public as well as students in fields such as biology. The University Archives has a range of materials about Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve and the dedication including photos, brochures, Seahawk newspaper articles, and newspaper clippings in the university’s annual scrapbooks.

2014 photo of Bluethenthal Memorial  2014 photo of bench area in Bluethenthal Preserve

Further Resources from Archives: 

Bluethenthal Preserve Brochures

The Seahawk, November 20, 1974

More Photos from the Dedication Ceremony

Exhibit Opening and Reception, Wed. Aug. 27, 5-7 pm

Exhibit Opening, Panel Presentation and Reception

Randall Library Auditorium, RL2047

This exhibit from University Archives invites visitors to witness UNCW’s evolution, stunning accomplishments, and shining role in higher education since 1947.

Wilmington College students enrolled in technical courses such as masonry, drafting, and air conditioning and refrigeration. When the college achieved university status and joined the UNC system in 1969, the chancellor declared

The University of North Carolina is a magnificent system of higher education institutions located throughout the state, but the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is the jewel in this education crown.

--William H. Wagoner
President, Wilmington College, 1968-1969
Chancellor, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, 1969-1990

 

Guest Speakers:

Dorothy Powell Marshall, faculty member and registrar at Wilmington College and UNCW, 1949-1992

Bertha Todd, Williston College Librarian

Ty Rowell, Former UNCW Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Adina Riggins (Moderator) University Archivist

The Jewel in the Crown will be in Special Collections at Randall Library through December 3, 2014.

The Jewel in the Crown: The University of North Carolina Wilmington

A Journey and Legacy

 

Preservation of Taj Mahal model

University Archives student assistant cleans stone replica from collection. Photo by University Archives / UNCWUniversity Archives student assistant cleans item from collection. Photo by University Archives / UNCW.

April 27-May 3, 2014 was American Library Association Preservation Week and May is Preservation Month with loads of great information from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

What are we doing in University Archives to raise preservation awareness? On this blog throughout May, we will share best practices to extend the life of our rare and unique collections in the University Archives, Randall Library, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Preservation--also known as “preventive conservation”--emphasizes noninterventive actions to prevent damage to and minimize deterioration of a museum object or archival collection.

For example:

  • Monitoring and recording environmental conditions where collections are housed (e.g., light, relative humidity, temperature, and air pollution)
  • Inspecting and recording the condition of objects
  • Practicing proper handling, storage, exhibit, housekeeping, and packing and shipping techniques

Taj Mahal model in University Archives. These replicas are made in various sizes.  The one in Archives has a base of 9 in. by 9 in.

Taj Mahal model in University Archives. These models are made in various sizes.  This one in Archives has a base of 9 in. by 9 in.

In University Archives, we rely on our excellent student assistants to take on essential preservation and collection care responsibilities.

Allison Thompson, Archives student assistant, wore cotton gloves while carefully cleaning the soapstone  model. First she dry-brushed the item with a fine brush from a collection care kit and then cleaned it with plain water using a similar brush.

For storage, she fabricated custom archival boxes and lids from ArtCareTM 100 percent cotton mat board. Boxes made of this material help create a safe “microchamber” for archival and museum objects.

 

Protective boxes in University Archives for storage of objects.

 

This Taj Mahal mini-replica was a gift to former James Leutze upon his retirement in 2003. He donated it to University Archives at that time. Chancellor Leutze, a historian, was host of the UNC Television series Globewatch and an often-sought speaker on international issues.

Chancellor James Leutze (2007). Photo by UNCW University Relations.
Chancellor James R. Leutze (2007). Photo by UNCW University Relations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference

Knapp, A. M. (1993, July). Preservation of museum collections. Conserv O Gram, 1(1), 1-2. Retrieved from http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/01-01.pdf.   

 

Award brings conservator to UNCW to survey unique library collections

On the ladder, in the stacks of the Gillen Collection

Randall Library won a grant award from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) allowing Special Collections and University Archives to bring a preservation specialist to UNCW to assess these unique collections. The Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) for Smaller Institutions paid for Matthew S. ("Matt") Johnson of Etherington Conservation Services (ECS) to spend March 17-21 in Special Collections and University Archives for the survey. Next Mr. Johnson will produce a written report of his findings and recommendations for improving collection care.

Mr. Johnson, Senior Rare Book Conservator at ECS in Browns Summit, NC, has been with the company since 1993. He is a 1991 graduate of UNC-Greensboro, where he earned a BFA degree in Design and Printmaking. He trained directly under renowned conservator Don Etherington. Mr. Johnson's responsibilities include staff training, project management, and advanced conservation.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) logo

 

 

The NEH PAG for Smaller Institutions helps small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, or architectural plans and maps. UNCW was awarded $6,000 in January 2014 to fund the preservation assessment.
 

Assessing map case CONTENTS in UNIVERSITY Archives (click on thumbnail)

Matt Johnson assesses map case contents in University Archives.

 

 
 
TAKING LIGHT METER READINGS (click on thumbnail)

Matt Johnson takes light meter readings in Special Collections.

 
 
 
 
Adina Riggins, Rebecca Baugnon, Jerry Parnell FROM UNCW AnD Matt Johnson, NEH Preservation Assistance Grant CONTRACTOR (CLICK on ThumbNail)

University Archives and Special Collection staff pose with NEH PAG contractor..

 

 

 

 

INSPECTING BOOKS (click on thumbnail)

 

 

 

 

SHINING A LIGHT ON PRESERVATION  (click on thumbnail)

Shining a Light on Preservation

 

 

 

 

University library celebrates 100,000th book, November 30, 1973

In 1973, the book collection of the William M. Randall Library of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) reached 100,000 volumes. To celebrate, the library acquired a first edition Huck Finn by Mark Twain (published in 1885) and held a special ceremony. This first edition is in Special Collections.

An announcement for the Nov. 30 ceremony was in the Seahawk student newspaper.

For comparison, according to 2012/2013 statistics, Randall Library has 481,134 books

A couple notes from the library's history:

*Wilmington College Library moved from a few rooms in Alderman Hall to its own building during winter break of 1968. It opened in January of 1969 and the official dedication was March 30.

*Randall Libray began planning an expansion in 1985, which was completed in 1987. 

 

 

This model of Randall Library, circa 1985, is in University Archives in Randall Library at UNCW.
Randall Library Model 1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilmington College responds to assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963

Seahawk student newspaper 1960John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States on November 8, 1960. According to an editorial in the Wilmington College student newspaper, JFK came to office with the burden that the people “will expect much, will demand much, and, conceivably, will receive much.”

1963 student newspaperJust three years later, on November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX to the shock and horror of the American people. The reaction of one Wilmington College student, Jack Loftus, was captured nearly one month later in the December 18, 1963 issue of the Seahawk. Loftus wrote that the assassination reflected the “barbarism” and “extremism” that had become part of America. He claimed that these attitudes had allowed “some punk with a mail-order rifle [to murder] the President of the United States.”

Theories

Long after Wilmington College became the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), debates about the nature of the assassination continued. In 1993, UNCW offered a course on the Rhetoric of JFK Assassination Theories.

1993 Seahawk student newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections

Virginia Adams, dean of the UNCW School of Nursing from 1994-2008, was a college student when President Kennedy was assassinated. In the interview transcript of her oral history, she spoke of Kennedy's legacy:

Virginia Adams, Ph.D. Photo by UNCW Office of University Relations in 2006Virginia Adams, Ph.D. Former Dean of the School of Nursing. Photo by UNCW Office of University Relations in 2006.

When I was a freshman student, Kennedy was killed .... That had a big impact on us, on my campus, on the students. I mean everybody literally stopped. We believed in this President, and we believed that changes were going to occur because of this President. It was a shock. And it was hurtful. It was painful... the students were mobilizing at that time. So we were a part of the change in the world. Isn't that something to say? “We were a part of the change in the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans Day premiere screening tells of healing after Vietnam War, 2005

Lou Buttino. Photo by UNCW Office of University Relations, 2007Lou Buttino. Photo by UNCW/Office of University Relations.

Back in 2005, the documentary Broken Brotherhood: Vietnam and the Boys from Colgate made its North Carolina debut on Veterans Day in Kenan Auditorium at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The autobiographical film by UNCW professor and filmmaker Lou Buttino addresses division and the potential for healing after the Vietnam War.

It is screening again on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 7 pm in the UNCW Lumina Theatre, followed by a panel discussion. This event is part of The Big Read Greater Wilmington-2013.

Buttino is a documentary filmmaker and film studies professor. He has taught at UNCW for 19 years.

Broken Brotherhood recounts the path toward reconciliation between Buttino--who had been a conscientious objector during Vietnam--and his college friend, Brian O'Donnell--who became a Vietnam veteran. The two had not spoken for 35 years. The film also explores what happened to other Colgate University students during and after the Vietnam era.

In 2005, Buttino told the Seahawk:

"The idea of making this documentary came to me when I realized I had never made peace with that era," Buttino said. "I felt very wounded to see what happened to my friends, even my best friend/roommate from college [Brian O’Donnell]. Part of the reason I wanted to make this film was so that I could travel across country and talk to him 35 years later and see if we could salvage our friendship. It's a very powerful and emotional film that resonates to today."

“Films can entertain, provoke and inspire. This one is about healing. Healing can help bring wisdom. I hope we will find wisdom regarding the Vietnam War and release from the divisiveness that it inspired. Wisdom is one of the things we never got from the Vietnam War,” Buttino said.

The Seahawk, November 3, 2005--p 4Seahawk student newspaper: "New department chair sees a bright future for film."

 

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

UNCW Randall Library partners with The Big Read--Greater Wilmington in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Read Logo

*The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

 

 

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