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June 22, 2006 -- No. 324

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Stories of Carolina's First Century
told on UNC Library's new Web site

A 10th collection has been added to the UNC Library's "Documenting the American South" Web site of historical materials and literature, appearing on the site's 10th anniversary year.

The collection, "The First Century of the First State University," tells the story of Carolina from 1776-1875. It illuminates events leading to the state legislature's charter of the university in 1789, as well as those surrounding the laying of the cornerstone of Old East - UNC's first structure and the nation's oldest state university building - and arrival of the first students in 1796.

"First Century" also covers the new campus and its first buildings, early town and campus relations, students' studies, faculty, student life, the university's relationship with the state and upheavals through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Books, manuscripts and biographical sketches on the site come mostly from the library's North Carolina Collection, Southern Historical Collection and University Archives. One item gives the menus for "breakfast, dinner and supper" on Dec. 10, 1807, labeled "Bill of Fare."

Dinner was "a dish of Bacon and greens, or Beef and turnips, together with a sufficient quantity of fresh meats or fowls, or puddings or tarts, and warm wheat or corn bread; and during the months of Jany., Feby., and March, it shall be the duty of the Steward to furnish on every Sunday a sufficient number of Turkies - also potatoes and all other kinds of vegetable food usually served up in Carolina."

The new collection complements "True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina," added to "Documenting the American South" last September and curated by UNC English professor Dr. Erika Lindemann.

For more about "Documenting the American South" and all its collections, visit ( "First Century" is within that site at


Carolina Blood Drive
produces 860 units

The 18th annual Carolina Blood Drive, held June 6 at UNC's Dean E. Smith Center, yielded 860 useable units of blood, said Katrina Coble of the computer science department, chair of the drive committee. The event, one of the country's largest blood drives, attracted 784 people, including 139 first-time donors.

"We were able to collect enough to supply nearly 70 percent of the needs for one day of all the hospitals served by the Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross," Coble said. The region, which conducts the drive with UNC volunteers, helps supply more than 100 hospitals.

"Blood collected at the UNC drive was turned into more than 2,580 products that have gone to help sustain the lives of the sick and injured," according to Jeff Davis of the Carolinas Region."

In 18 years, the drive has produced approximately 18,000 units of blood, helping to save nearly 50,000 lives in the Triangle area, Coble said. Other UNC committee members this year were Lorri Allison and Shelly Green of employee services; Becky Eatmon of the School of Pharmacy; Deborah Hawkins of public safety; Gwen McIntyre of the School of Medicine; Bob Schreiner of the School of Public Health; Clayton Womble of the Smith Center; and Anne Webb of the School of Nursing. Members from the Red Cross were Davis, Wilma Palmer and Robin Sparrow.

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University Library contact: Natalia Smith, (919) 962-9590 or
Carolina Blood Drive contact: Katrina Coble, (919) 962-1801,