The Manuscripts section of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives concentrates on acquiring, preserving, and providing access to collections that document the history, cultural life, economics, and politics of the North Carolina Piedmont. Collections include materials that relate to the subjects of art, education, local history and politics, literature, music, civil rights and human rights, nursing, physical education and dance, politics, theater, university history, and women’s studies. Recent notable additions to our collections include the photographs of former UNCG art professor Arnold Doren, the extensive theater collection of Professor Robert C. Hansen, and the papers of United States Senator Kay Hagan.
Among the major book collections in Special Collections are the large and significant Woman's Collection, with titles from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries; the American Women's Detective Fiction Collection; the Girls' Books in Series Collection; the American Trade Binding Collection; the Juvenile Collection; and the Book Arts Collection, containing a large compilation of artists' books, private press productions, books with fine illustrations, and books on bookbinding, typography, and papermaking. Among major authors represented with significant holdings are George Herbert, Emily Dickinson, Randall Jarrell, T. E. Lawrence, Rupert Brooke, Edwin Arlington Robinson, and Charles Dickens.
Not all collections have been digitized and some collections are only partially digitized.
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