Tag Archives: Special Collections

Library Celebrates a Regional Classic

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More than 40 people attended Hunter Library’s free program, “The Legacy of a Mountain Man: True Adventures in the Smokies,” on September 28 to celebrate Special Collections’ reissue of Samuel Hunnicutt’s rare, regional classic, Twenty Years of Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, first published in 1926.   The… Read more »

Ask a Librarian: Did WCU Freshmen Really Have to Wear Beanies?

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Yes! When WCU was WCC (Western Carolina College), freshmen were given beanies to wear. According to A Mountain Heritage: An Illustrated History of Western Carolina University, this ritual started in “1957 to strengthen school spirit, though freshmen must have wondered at the psychology behind the idea.” Evidence suggests that this… Read more »

Special Collections Renovation Complete

After four months of construction, the renovation of Hunter Library’s Special Collections reading room has been completed. In addition to new carpet, a new ceiling, and new windows, the reading room now features an expanded atrium for exhibits. An open house and Friends of the Library program are being planned… Read more »

Library Creates New WWII Digital Collection

The newest digital collection focuses on World War II materials from Hunter Library’s Special Collections department. Current highlights of the collection come from the Carr and Ruth Hooper collection and the Venoy and Elizabeth Reed collection. Carr Hooper was born in the Cowarts community of Jackson County, North Carolina and… Read more »

Special Collections Pilots Saturday Hours

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Hunter Library will pilot Saturday hours for its Special Collections unit beginning January 21, 2017. The unit, which houses unique and rare materials including photographs, manuscripts, and other materials focused on the history and culture of Western North Carolina, will be open on Saturdays from noon to 7:00 PM through… Read more »

Finding Aids Describe Rare Manuscript Collections

Explore the Library's Special Collections with New Online Finding Aids.

Ever wonder what kinds of rare and historic materials are preserved in the hundreds of gray boxes housed in Special Collections? Thanks to the teamwork of several library departments, descriptions of more than 100 manuscript collections are now available online. The descriptions, known as finding aids, offer an opportunity for… Read more »

50 Years of WCU Photos Given to Special Collections

Campus Life in the 1970s

Hunter Library’s Special Collections recently acquired more than 3,600 photographs documenting five decades of WCU activities, events and people. The Office of Communications and Public Relations provided the photos, which were taken by WCU staff photographers and other professional photographers and document change and growth on campus from the 1930s… Read more »