Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday with Special Collections

2014 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). To observe the Bard of Avon’s special day, the Special Collections & University Archives will be displaying some of its Shakespeariana, including two plays printed in the 2nd Folio of 1632, as well as illustrated scenes of scenes from Shakespeare’s many plays, various portraits of Shakespeare, and the 1805 account of one the earliest Shakespeare hoaxes about the discovery of an unknown play.

First page of The Life of Tymon of Athens from the Second Folio by William Shakespeare.

This exhibit will run the remainder of this semester and can be viewed in the Special Collections & University Archives.

See the Plays

See Shakespeare’s impressive 15,000 word vocabulary in action. Stream BBC TV adaptations of all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays for free courtesy of the UTC Library!


Shakespeare, William. Tymon of Athens and Twelfth Night: From the Second Folio 1632. London: printed by Haac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1632.

5 Journals to Discover This Month

In honor of Black History month, UTC Library has compiled a list of 5 fantastic journals. Find amazing content celebrating black history in the following e-journals:


1. Callaloo

This peer-reviewed African Diaspora literary journal includes fiction, poetry, plays, critical essays, cultural studies, interviews, and visual art featured in the journal from 1995 – today.


2. Journal of African American Studies

This peer-reviewed journal includes a variety of content focusing on the social progress of people of African descent. The coverage includes anthropology, art, economics, law, literature, management science, political science, psychology, sociology, and social policy research. The interdisciplinary journal content is available in full-text from 1997-present


3. Journal of Black Studies

This peer-reviewed journal holistically covers the experiences and important issues in the African American community. Many subjects are explored, including economics, literature, media, and culture. The journal content is available in full-text from 1999-present


4. Journal of Negro Education

This peer-reviewed journal focuses on African American education in the United States and throughout the world. The journal coverage includes social sciences, sciences, arts and humanities and professional education, with full-text journal access from 1994-present


5. Souls

This peer-reviewed journal uses W.E.B. Du Bois’ social and political theories to examine important issues in African American Studies. This interdisciplinary journal includes articles on history, politics, social theory, and culture, with full-text access from 1999-present.


Looking for more great content? Chat with a librarian now, visit the library, or schedule a one-on-one research appointment for helping finding additional sources.

Celebrate Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month in Special Collections and University Archives, learn more about the local Civil Rights Movement with the Raymond B. Witt papers, an attorney and member of the Hamilton County Board of Education, who represented the Board during the twenty-six year desegregation case, Mapp v. Board of Education.

Mapp v. Board of Education

Mapp v. Board of Education

About Mapp v. Board of Education

From Mapp v. Board of Education, 1963, Nos. 15038, 15039:

This school desegregation case involves the public schools of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The plaintiffs, a group of Negro public school children of Chattanooga, appearing by their parents, as next friends, filed their complaint on April 6, 1960, asking an injunction to compel the desegregation of that city’s public schools. The Chattanooga schools were at that time admittedly segregated. In its answer, defendant school board admitted its duty to desegregate “with all deliberate speed,” Brown v. Board of Education, but answered that it had been, and was then, conducting a program of “elucidation” to prepare the community of Chattanooga for the initiation and carrying out of the desegregation commanded by the Brown decision. It insisted that further time was needed for such indoctrination and conditioning to the end that desegregation could have an orderly beginning and that, when started, could be continued without the collisions, inefficiency and possible violence that might accompany too precipitate a start or too rapid accomplishment of total desegregation.

Learn More

View our Civil Rights subject guide or stop by Special Collections and University Archives to view our collections.


Witt, Raymond B. Raymond B. Witt papers. 1950-1989.

Mapp v. Board of Education, 1963, Nos. 15038, 15039.


FIXED: Database Issue

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Follow a General’s Movements during the American Civil War

A new interactive map of the John T. Wilder Civil War Correspondence and Papers digital collection allows researchers to follow Brigadier General Wilder’s movements from 1861 to 1865.

Interactive map of the John T. Wilder Civil War Correspondence and Papers digital collection.

Interactive map of the John T. Wilder Civil War Correspondence and Papers digital collection.

The digital collection contains correspondence and military records regarding Brigadier General Wilder’s service in the Union Army during the American Civil War from 1861-1865 as well as personal correspondence and papers dating from 1865 to 1937.

About General Wilder

John T. Wilder was born in Hunter, New York,  but began his career as an industrialist in Ohio and Indiana. At the outbreak of the United States Civil War, Wilder closed his foundry in Greensburg, Indiana and enlisted in the United States Army Indiana Infantry Regiment. Because of his leadership skills he was consistently promoted, eventually commanding the 17th Indiana Infantry Regiment as a Lieutenant Colonel. During the war he served in Virginia, Kentucky,  Georgia, and Tennessee. Wilder was among the first officers to mount his troops and to supply them with Spencer Repeating Rifles, which they used to great effect in the Battle of Chickamauga in Georgia. They would become known as “Wilder’s Lightning Brigade.” Wilder was promoted to the brevet rank of Brigadier General in 1864. After the war, Wilder and his family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he founded the Roane Iron Company and served as postmaster.

Learn More

View the John T. Wilder Civil War Correspondence and Papers in UTC’s Digital Collections or stop by Special Collections & University Archives to see the physical collection.


Sunderland, Glenn W. Lightning at Hoover’s Gap; The Story of Wilder’s Brigade. New York: T. Yoseloff, 1969.

Sunderland, Glenn W. Wilder’s Lightning Brigade–and Its Spencer Repeaters. Washington, Ill. (P.O. Box 86, Washington 61571): BookWorks, 1984.

Wilder, John Thomas. John T. Wilder Civil War correspondence and papers. 1861.

Williams, Samuel Cole. General John T. Wilder, Commander of the Lightning Brigade. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1936.