Wilson Special Collections Library

Collection highlights, exhibits, events, and behind-the-scenes views from the Wilson Special Collections library at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Today’s theme is Beauty Queens, organized by Lisa Gregory from the NC Digital Heritage Center.

Whether you love them or hate them, there are over 600 images related to beauty pageants and related contests on dp.la. From Miss Vegetable Plate to Miss Universe, from the “Prettiest waitress” to homecoming queens in high school and college yearbooks, you can view the activities of women who won prizes for poise in all manner of local and national events.

Image credits:

Miss Wilmington 1948.” Photo by Hugh A. Morton. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 

Fruit and Vegetable Association convention (Statler Hotel), 1953. University of Southern California Special Collections. 

1958 Rhododendron QueenPhoto by Hugh A. Morton. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 

Contests—Beauty—Bathing beauty contest (from the New York World’s Fair), 1939-1940. Manuscripts and Archives Division. The New York Public Library. 

Miss Tobacco Pageant Participants, ca.1940s. Wilson County Public Library via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 

Miss Massachusetts. Photo by Leslie Jones, 1886-1967. Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth. Copyright (c) Leslie Jones. This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND). 

Contests—Beauty—Prettiest Waitress and Most Handsome Bellboy contest winners  (from the New York World’s Fair), 1939-1940. Manuscripts and Archives Division. The New York Public Library. 


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P0044/0229: Donkeys with Camera, circa 1900-1901

This interesting image from the collection is accompanied by a “jingle” in Ignatius “Nace” Watsworth Brock’s handwriting, promoting his studio in Asheville, North Carolina.

From the Nace Brock Photographic Collection, circa 1869-1960s

See more digitized material from Brock’s work via:

http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/pcoll/inv/P0044/P0044.html


Ignatius Nace Watsworth Brock     North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives     Donkeys     advertising    

digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

We’re calling it a night for the last post in this week’s series on “What I did on my summer vacation.” These idyllic pictures of sunsets and moonlit scenes represent some of the most iconic images of summer vacation.

Who among us hasn’t filled their camera trying to capture the true colors of a sunset over a mountain or reflected in the water? We’d love to see your (work appropriate) sunrise, sunset, or moonlit summer vacation photo. We know you’ve got one!

These are just ten of the 50,000+ postcards in the DPLA collections. The images today come from Boston Public Library (via Digital Commonwealth), and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of North Carolina at Charlotte (via North Carolina Digital Heritage Center). 

Love sunsets but you can’t get outside? Enjoy lots of them from your computer over at DPLA. 


"Twisting Time is Here" from University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s 1962 yearbook, The Indianhead.
View at DigitalNC: 1962 The Indianhead
Digital Collection: North Carolina College and University Yearbooks
Contributing Institution: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Usage Statement: Copyright for the images of the UNC Pembroke yearbooks is held by UNC Pembroke. The images are available for use in research, teaching and private study, provided that proper citation is used (i.e., Mary Livermore Library, University Archives/Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC). Any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of UNC Pembroke, is strictly prohibited.

"Twisting Time is Here" from University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s 1962 yearbook, The Indianhead.

View at DigitalNC: 1962 The Indianhead

Digital Collection: North Carolina College and University Yearbooks

Contributing Institution: University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Usage Statement: Copyright for the images of the UNC Pembroke yearbooks is held by UNC Pembroke. The images are available for use in research, teaching and private study, provided that proper citation is used (i.e., Mary Livermore Library, University Archives/Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC). Any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of UNC Pembroke, is strictly prohibited.


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