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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

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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. About Mapp v. Board of Education From Mapp v. Board of Education, 1963, Nos. 15038, 15039: This school desegregation case involves

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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. 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

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Tennessee Thanksgiving Proclamation

On this day in history 147 years ago, William G. Brownlaw, Governor of Tennessee proclaimed Thursday, the 29th day of November “be set apart and observed as a day of thanksgiving.” We’re Closed Please note that Special Collections & University Archives will be closed in celebration of the holiday from November 28 to November 30, 2013. Happy Thanksgiving! For more information about library closures, visit Library Hours. Source Ann

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Happy Birthday Emma Bell Miles

Born 134 years ago on October 19, 1879, Emma Bell Miles was one of Southern Appalachia’s earliest naturalists.  Also an artist, poet, and writer, Emma Bell Miles lived on Walden’s Ridge, near today’s town of Signal Mountain, for most of her adult life.  Although her husband, Frank Miles, was a hard worker, he had trouble finding paying work on Walden’s Ridge, so the task of earning money fell on

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