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The First Century of the First State University presents materials that document the creation and growth of the University of North Carolina during the period 1776-1875. The manuscripts, printed materials, and images included in this collection have been selected to illuminate several topics: the circumstances that created the University, the campus and its buildings, the curriculum and faculty, student life, town and gown relations, the University’s relationship to the state, and the situation of the University during the upheavals of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Most of the materials in the collection come from the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, primarily from the North Carolina Collection, the Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives.

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