The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has shared multiple, rich collections with Project Stand which include university documents, photographs, publications, ephemera, and tweets on a myriad of student interests. Of particular note are materials regarding two long term student advocacy efforts at UNC, one of which was ultimately successful, and another which is ongoing. The Black Student Movement Records and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History Collection document long fought efforts to establish a free standing Black Cultural Center on the UNC campus, which came to fruition with the opening of the Stone Center in 2001. The Confederate Monument Protest Materials document a decades long protest effort for the removal of “Silent Sam” from the UNC campus, a statue of a confederate soldier commissioned in 1911 on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. In addition to these materials are a large collection of university publications, covering a wide range of student constituencies and interests through the years.
Image: Protester at the 1997 Martin Luther King Day March
Collection: Confederate Monument Collection
Dates: 1913 – present
Description: Lafayette Tolliver is a Kent State University alumnus who attended the university from 1967-71, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in photojournalism. He served as a photographer and columnist for the Chestnut Burr yearbook and the Daily Kent Stater campus newspaper. He was often called upon as an informal photographer for many activities sponsored by black student organizations, during his tenure at Kent State and served as one of the founding members of Black United Students (BUS). Tolliver donated his collection of prints and negatives to Kent State University Special Collections and Archives in January 2014. The collection includes the most significant visual historiography of black student life at Kent State.