January 18, 2022

University of North Carolina: Digitized 1841 Diary Captures UNC Student Life

From the UNC Library News:

A ‘possum hunt, a thwarted visit to a “harlot,” and a fight between students armed with sticks and pistols may not mark the typical senior year of a Carolina undergraduate. All were episodes, however, in the student life of James L. Dusenbery, who graduated from UNC in 1842.

Now a digital edition of the diary Dusenbery kept during his senior year gives researchers and the general public an intimate glimpse into the life of the young scholar and his times.

“Verses and Fragments: The James L. Dusenbery Journal (1841-1842)” is the latest addition to the UNC Library’s Documenting the American South (DocSouth) digital publishing program. It is the result of a collaboration between the Library and scholar Erika Lindemann, associate dean for undergraduate curricula at UNC.


The project was made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities; the UNC Center for the Study of the American South; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Department of English and Comparative Literature; UNC’s University Research Council; and an anonymous Library donor.

Learn More About the Digitized Diary

Direct to Verses and Fragments: The James L. Dusenbery Journal (1841-1842)

Direct to Documenting the American South

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.