Rare book collection

 Spring 2014 Events


Seba Blowfish Lecture: The Cabinet of Curiosities in Word and Image: 500 Years of Representation (and Misrepresentation)
Thursday, February 20, 2014
5:00 p.m. | Reception, Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library
5:30 p.m. | Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library

Arthur MacGregor, formerly Curator of Antiquities of Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum, will speak in celebration of the opening of Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum 1565–1865. MacGregor is the author of the landmark book on cabinets of curiosities: Curiosity and Enlightenment: Collectors and Collections from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century. He is also the founding editor of the Journal of the History of Collections, now in its twenty-sixth year.

Sponsored by the Rare Book Collection and the Friends of the Library


Seba Croc Exhibition: Rooms of Wonder: From Wunderkammer to Museum 1565–1865
February 20 – April 17, 2014
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library

An exhibition of extraordinary rare books from the collection of UNC-Chapel Hill alumna Florence Fearrington. The wondrous assemblage documents the cabinets of curiosities formed mainly by Europeans, as well as their descendant phenomena, which include the first art and natural history museums in Europe and the U.S.A.

Hanes Lecture: Juan Latino and the Dawn of Modernity
Thursday, March 20, 2014
5:30 p.m. | Reception and book viewing, Peacock Atrium, FedEx Global Education Center
6:00 p.m. | Program, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center

A celebration of UNC-Chapel Hill's seven millionth volume, gift of the Hanes Foundation: Juan Latino's first book, considered to be the first volume of poetry in a Western language published by an individual of sub-Saharan African descent. Professor Michael A. Gómez, Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University, will deliver a lecture on Juan Latino and the African diaspora in honor of the event.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Rare Book Collection, the African Studies Center, the Center for European Studies, and the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations


Mayerova Performance: "Haunted"
Saturday, March 29, 2014
7:00 p.m. | Program, Gerrard Hall

An evening of choreography, film, improvisation, and live music partially inspired by the recent Rare Book Collection acquisition Abeceda (Prague, 1926), with alphabet images incorporating photographs of dancer Milča Mayerová in her interpretations of the poems of Vítězslav Nezval.

Sponsored by the UNC Modernextension Dance Company and the Rare Book Collection



Imperato Lecture: From Matter to Ideas: Making Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe
Saturday, April 5, 2014
4:00 p.m. | Viewing of Rooms of Wonder, Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library
5:00 p.m. | Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library

Pamela H. Smith, Professor of History at Columbia University, delivers the keynote address for the conference "Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture," a collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill and King's College, London. Smith is author of The Body and the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (2004) and co-editor of Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400-1800 (2008).

Sponsored by the Critical Speaker Series of the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Rare Book Collection

Sherman Exhibition: Imagining the U.S. Civil War, 1861–1900
April 24 – July 20, 2014
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library

A selection of poetry, fiction, images, and other materials from the rich Wilson collections related to the epoch-defining event. Curated by the UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate English seminar in American Literature 1860-1900.



Contending Gallery Tour: Imagining the U.S. Civil War, 1861–1900
Thursday, April 24, 2014
5:00 p.m. | Exhibition Viewing, Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library
5:30 p.m. | Gallery Tour, Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library

Students from Professor Eliza Richards's undergraduate American Literature seminar give a tour of their class-curated exhibition.

Sponsored by the Rare Book Collection and the Friends of the Library