MRC Film & Streaming Media

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#TBT: Queen Elizabeth II & UNC football

On October 19, 1957, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip saw their first football game, and it starred UNC and Maryland.

Queen Elizabeth II attends a UNC vs Maryland football game.

Queen Elizabeth II (second from right) with University of Maryland President Wilson Elkins (center) and University of Maryland football coach Tommy Mont at the 1957 UNC vs. Maryland football game, held in College Park, MD. William Friday, President of the University of North Carolina, is on the far left.

The football game, held at Maryland, was part of the Queen’s first state visit to the United States. In honor of the visit, UNC arranged for a BBC broadcast of UNC songs such as “Hark the Sound” to air the day before the game. At halftime, students presented the Queen with a banner, the 1957 Yackety Yack, and stuffed rams for her children.

Read more in the Daily Tar Heel:

Photograph credit:
Queen Elizabeth II visit, in the Hugh Morton Photographs and Films #P0081, copyright 1957, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.

Fall Break 2017 Hours

Planning to get ahead on your work this Fall Break? We’re here for you!

Park Library will be open the following hours over Fall Break:

October 18th: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
October 19th & 20th: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Our regular hours will resume on Monday, October 23rd.

#TBT: Student Protest at UNC

In the lead up to First Amendment Day, we’ve highlighted some of the student protests held at UNC during the 1960s and 1970s. Our series culminates today with Jim Wallace’s striking coverage of a civil rights demonstration on Franklin Street on February 8, 1964.

Photo copyright Jim Wallace, used with permission.

The Daily Tar Heel had extensive coverage of the demonstration that week (click to enlarge):

In 2012, Jim Wallace spoke about the civil rights movement and his book at the School of Media and Journalism.

Want to learn more?

Fall 2017 Hours


We’re back!

8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

For holidays and other exceptions, please see our full calendar here.

#TBT: UNC Campus, Then & Now

Think campus looks different after all the summer construction? It’s nothing compared to the changes since 1942.

Aerial view of UNC campus from Cameron Avenue to South Road in 1942.

We wanted a more direct comparison, so we used Knight Lab’s Juxtapose tool to make this slider:

Our favorite buildings (Carroll Hall and most of the libraries, naturally) hadn’t been built yet. Had yours?

Google earth V [UNC campus], 35° 54′ 47″ N 79°, 03′ 34″ W, Eye alt 588 m. SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO. Retrieved from,-79.0484972,148.56411385a,1159.43280009d,35y,111.46861517h,67.75728218t,0r [August 11, 2017].

UNC aerial view, in the Hugh Morton Photographs and Films #P0081, copyright 1942, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library. Retrieved from

#TBT: Moon Landing

gif of the Eagle lunar landing craft approaching the Columbia with the moon in the background.

Forty-eight years ago today, the Eagle landed and Neil Armstrong took one small step and a giant leap.

All three members of the Apollo 11 crew—trained at Morehead Planetarium in January 1968.

UNC has another connection to the Apollo 11 launch: Hugh Morton (’43), whose collection of photographs and films is part of the NC Collection, was there on July 16th, 1969 to see the launch.

Further Reading
Apollo Astronauts at UNC
Astronaut Training at Morehead
When the astronauts came to campus: Morehead Planetarium’s life-saving history
The Brightest Star of All, a post on the View to Hugh blog about Morehead Planetarium’s history
The Eagle Has Landed, The Flight of Apollo 11, 1969
Apollo 11 Flight Plan at the National Archives

#TBT: Krispy Kreme’s 80th Birthday

Krispy Kreme opened its first store 80 years ago today in Winston-Salem. To celebrate the beginning of the famous North Carolina company, we’ve created a gallery (at the bottom of the page) of news articles, ads, and photos from its history.

Want to learn more about Krispy Kreme? Start with Bridget Madden’s excellent blog post for the North Carolina Collection’s This Month in North Carolina History from 2009 for a brief overview of the company’s history or Krispy Kreme’s own timeline on their website.

UNC also has two great books on Krispy Kreme, Glazed America: a history of the doughnut by Paul R. Mullins and Making dough: the 12 secret ingredients of Krispy Kreme’s sweet success by Kirk Kazanjian & Amy Joyner.

Finally, this video from the Smithsonian (the source of the GIF at the beginning of this post) discusses the innovative process Krispy Kreme invented to make their doughnuts:

Click on an image to enlarge it.

Welcome, Karen!

Picture of Karen, the newest member of the Park Library staff.I’m thrilled to announce that Karen Sniquer is now working as the Park Library Technical Assistant. She will supervise our work study students, help faculty and students find useful resources for research, and manage routine library issues.

Karen is a cat lover, and she will coordinate our therapy pet program in which trained cats and dogs visit the library to provide stress relief during exams. She’ll also handle a lot of the daily tasks that make the library run smoothly as I transition to spending more time on assessment. Karen has experience working as a library assistant and received a BFA in printmaking from UNC Greensboro.

Karen works Monday – Thursday from 11-4; she’s at 919-843-5648 and Please stop by the Park Library and say hello!

#TBT: The Bookshop

After 32 years, The Bookshop (the one with the cats) is closing its doors for good next Saturday, July 15th.

This September 11, 1985 Daily Tar Heel article mentions five other used bookstores in Chapel Hill (not counting Saaremaa and Loeser’s former stores). Today, The Bookshop and Flyleaf Books are the only used bookstores in Chapel Hill.

Founders Linda Saaremaa and Bill Loeser opened the store in 1985 after buying the 400 W. Franklin St. building. Both owned Chapel Hill bookstores before The Bookshop: Saaremaa owned Bookends and Loeser, the Keith and Martin Used and Rare Book Shop.

This April 9, 1992 special section of the Daily Tar Heel discusses the various used and independent bookstores in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

In 2007, they sold the store—but not the building—to Eric Johnson, who also owns the Recycle Bookstores in San Jose and Campbell, CA. When Saaremaa and Loeser put the building up for sale in 2016, Johnson decided to close The Bookshop rather than relocating.

Saaremaa and Loeser still own Bolin Creek Books, an online used bookstore which they opened in 2009.

When The Bookshop opened, there were five other used bookstores in Chapel Hill; after July 15th, Flyleaf Books will be the only one.

Both of The Bookshop’s cats have been adopted.

About Us. In The Bookshop of Chapel Hill. Retrieved from

Donaldson, K. V. (1985, September 11). Area bookworms may satisfy appetites at specialized local used-book stores. The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved from

Lee, M. (1992, April 9). Where does Johnny go to read? The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved from

Wells, A. (2017). Chapel Hill prepares for the final chapter of The BookShop. Omnibus. Retrieved from