Steven Cox began to appreciate the value of the journals of Emma Bell Miles shortly after he joined the UTC Library in 2001. One year before, the work of this “gifted writer, poet, naturalist, and artist with a keen perspective on Appalachian life and culture” had been donated to UTC, and researchers began to ask if they could have a look.
Fifty years ago this month, this country experienced one of its darkest days to date: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on the streets of Dallas, Texas. To mark the 50th anniversary of this tragic event, UTC Special Collections and University Archives will be displaying some items from its collections relating to President Kennedy and the assassination.
What do Diana Ross, Metallica, and the Osmonds have in common? They’ve all played at McKenzie Arena. Some of music’s biggest names toured at the arena since it opened in 1982, and their posters are now on display at Special Collections at the Lupton Library.
The Lupton Library isn’t just filled with books. The Special Collections also houses paintings, sculptures, and artifacts, some which are on display in its newest exhibit, “Distant Sands and Faraway Lands: Art, Books and Artifacts from Around the World.” Pottery from Ecuador, art from Japan and China, books from England, Italy, and the Netherlands, and documents and art from England and Germany are featured.
As this year’s election race heats up, voters see politicians plugging in everywhere, including social media sites. This has some wondering what the political scene was like before the explosion of campaign ads and political Twitter updates.