The Manuscripts and Archives department in Sterling Memorial is opening its new exhibit, “The South in Manuscripts and Archives” with a wine and cheese reception on Friday, October 1, from 3:15 until 4:30 pm.
The exhibit highlights departmental holdings relating to the American South. It centers on a selection of approximately fifty photographs from the Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Papers, which document the southeastern United States, especially South Carolina and Louisiana, during the first part of the twentieth century. Subjects depicted included African-Americans, both casually and at work; city and rural life; and work activity in cotton and sugar cane fields. Other collections included in the exhibit document slavery, Native Americans in the South, the Civil War, civil rights and school desegregation, architecture, and industry.
During the reception, Patricia Bixel, an associate professor of history at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, will speak briefly about her research in the Phillips Papers for her forthcoming book, Seeing the New South: The Photographic Archive of U. B. Phillips, which is being published by the University of South Carolina Press. With her co-author John David Smith, Charles H. Stone professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she has examined the Phillips Papers in order recover and reconstruct geographic and/or occupational communities.
The exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 am until 4:45 pm in the Memorabilia Room in Sterling Memorial Library, until the end of November.