Robert G. Anthony, Jr.
North Carolina Collection
Wilson Library, CB 3930
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27515-8890
(919) 962-1172 work; (919) 933-0267 home
- M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982
- B.A., Wake Forest University, 1975, cum laude
- 27 hours (9 graduate courses) in history, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979-1981
- 3 hours, Appalachian History and Literature EPE 665-220 course, Berea College/ University of Kentucky
- 9 hours (3 graduate courses) in history and politics, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, 1976-1977
- Curator, North Carolina Collection, July 1994- ; Director, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, October 2009- , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Collection Development Librarian, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dec. 1986-June 1994
- Manager, Carolina Room, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, April 1985-Dec. 1986
- Librarian I, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August 1981-March 1985
- Archivist I, North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, Dec. 1976-Jan. 1979
- Proofreader-Indexer II, North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, August 1975-Dec. 1976
- What a Writer Reads, by Thomas Wolfe. Chapel Hill: Thomas Wolfe Society and North Carolina Collection, 2002. [co-edited and wrote introduction with Alice R. Cotten]
- Fifty Splendid Summers: A Short History of the North Carolina Writers Conference, N.p.: North Carolina Writers Conference and North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library, 1999. [co-compiled with Charles Blackburn, Jr.]
- Look Homeward: Douglas Gorsline Illustrates Thomas Wolfe. Chapel Hill: North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library, 1988. [art exhibition catalogue co-edited with Timothy A. Riggs]
- The Library of David Stone (1770-1818): The Non-Law Collection.
Windsor, N.C.: Historic Hope Foundation, 1982. [master's paper for M.S.L.S.
degree duplicated and bound for sale]
- "North Carolina's Literary History Discovered," in North Carolina Conversations: A Publication of the North Carolina Humanities Council 3 (Summer/Fall 2010): 14.
- "Sea Monsters, Railroads, and Modern Highways: Mapping Out History" in Tar Heel Junior Historian 48:2 (Spring 2009): 29-31.
- "The Harvey Harris Illustrations for Look Homeward, Angel," in Thomas Wolfe Review 32 (2008): 91-93.
- "James Boyce," "Alexander Garden," "John Lawson," and "Robert Ruark" in Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary, edited by Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006.
- "Cupola House," "Psychiatric Hospitals," and "Governor's Mansion," in Encyclopedia of North Carolina, edited by William S. Powell. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press in Association with the University of North Carolina Library, 2006.
- “Roy Parker, Jr.—Long May He Roar,” in Pembroke Magazine 34 (2003): 192-198.
- “The Mattamuskeet Lodge,” in Tar Heel Junior Historian 40 (Spring 2001): 26-28.
- “Of the Laying Down of Mats,” in Pembroke Magazine 32 (2000): 423-428.
- “Bringing Boston Books to the Carolina Mountains: Charles Hallet Wing and the Good-Will Free Library at Ledger,” in North Carolina Libraries 56 (Spring 1998): 16-18.
- “Illustrating The Angel: Douglas W. Gorsline,” in Thomas Wolfe Review 22 (Spring 1998): 68-73.
- “The Raleigh Collection at Chapel Hill,” in Roanoke Colonies Research Newsletter 4 (May 1997): 3-4, 6.
- “Stephen B. Weeks (2 February 1865 - 3 May 1918),” in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 187. American Book Collectors and Bibliographers, Second Series, edited by Joseph Rosenblum, 331-338. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research, 1997.
- “Seymour Webster Whiting,” in Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Vol.6, edited by William S. Powell, 188-189. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
- “A Long and Continuing Tradition: African Americana in the North Carolina Collection,” Southern Research Report 6 (Fall 1995): 59-65.
- “A Quiet Time,” in Tar Heel Junior Historian (Fall 1990): 6-7.
- “Establishing and Maintaining a Local History Collection,” in North Carolina Libraries 46 (Summer 1988): 66-107. [Co-authored with other members of NCLA Genealogy/ Local History Committee].
- “Restoring a Historic Early 19th Century Library,” in AB Bookman's Weekly 77 (23 June 1986): 2938-2942.
- “North Carolina Bibliography, 19__-19__,” in North Carolina Historical Review's April issue annually. [Have compiled or co-compiled this bibliography since the 1982-1983 installment (published in April 1984) with exception of two years. In all, have published twenty-two of these bibliographies.]
- “The History of Tar Heel Libraries and Librarianship as Found in North Carolina Libraries and North Carolina Library Bulletin: A Bibliography,” in North Carolina Libraries 50 (Spring 1992): 42-47.
- “A Burke Davis Bibliography, 1930-1990,” in Angela Davis-Gardner, My Father, Burke Davis. Chapel Hill: North Caroliniana Society and North Carolina Collection, 1990: 28-35.
Editorships and Editorial Board Memberships
- Coates University History Leadership Series, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library; Series Editor, 2010- ; one volume published to date (Good Government Man: Albert Coates and the Early Years of the Institute of Government, by Howard W. Covington, Jr., Chapel Hill: University Library; Distributed by University of North Carolina Press, 2010); three additional volumes for the Series have been assigned to writers and are in preparation
- North Carolina Libraries, guest editor of special Fiftieth Anniversary Issue with the history of libraries in North Carolina as theme, Spring 1992 issue
- North Carolina Libraries, guest co-editor of issue with establishing and maintaining local history collections in North Carolina libraries as theme, Spring 1988 issue
- North Carolina Libraries, book review editor and member of editorial board, 1987-1992
- In North Carolina Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly, North Carolina Historical Review, and North Carolina Libraries.
SELECTED LECTURES AND PAPERS
- "A Collection for All of North Carolina," North Carolina from the Mountains to the Sea Seminar, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Ocracoke, N.C., 21 February 2013
- "'Next to Nebraska': North Carolina and William Jennings Bryan's 1896 Presidential Campaign." Paper presented at "'To Gain Attention to Their Various Claims': Historic Political Campaigns in North Carolina" Conference, Chapel Hill, 14 September 2012
- "Sir Walter Raleigh: Soldier, Privateer, Explorer, Colonizer, Courtier, Poet, Historian," Colonial Dames Chapter, Rocky Mount, 22 March 2012
- "A Shy Man Courts, Yankees in the Molasses, and Gabriel Blows His Horn: Some Passed-Down Stories of a House at Old Hobgood," Halifax County Historical Association, Halifax, N.C., 16 March 2012
- "Everything Ever Written About North Carolina," Front Porch Swings and Onion Rings: Enduring Myths and Emerging Realities Seminar, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee, N.C., 15 July 2010
- "The Governor's Books: Wellspring of Great Erudition and Learning," Fourteenth Annual Elizabeth Stevenson Ives Lectures, Roanoke-Chowan Heritage Center, Historic Hope Plantation, Windsor, N.C., 10 April 2010
- "A Collection of All North Carolina Authors," North Carolina Is My Home: Celebrating Our State's Literary Heritage Seminar, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Ocracoke, N.C., 9 February 2010
- “Raleigh Bibliography.” Tower of London Conference, Raleigh Research Circle, London, 2009.
- “Mapping the 'Old North State' Cartography of North Carolina, 1776-1860.” Maps for the New Nation: Cartography of the United States, 1776-1860, Conference, Chapel Hill, N.C., 2006
- “Lawson's Legacy: Some Thoughts about John Lawson Three Hundred Years after His Death.” Order of First Families of North Carolina, Wilson, N.C., 2005
- “North Carolina's Most Determined Editor-Publisher: John McLean Harrington and His Handwritten Newspapers.” Campbell University Friends of the Library Annual Dinner, Buies Creek, N.C., 2003
- “A Kind of Magic Door: Thomas Wolfe at Chapel Hill,” Weekend Seminar, Program in the Humanities and Human Values, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
- “Pity We Poor North Carolinians: Early North Carolina Libraries,” National Decorative Arts Trust Symposium, Tryon Palace, New Bern, 2000
- “A Mid-September Raid on Sandusky, Or, How We Kept Aldo's Attic from Falling,” Thomas Wolfe Society 21st Annual Meeting, Chapel Hill, 2000
- “From Almanacs to `Zines: Two Hundred Fifty Years of Printing in North Carolina,” Friends of the Library; Historical Society of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999
- “Waking Rip Van Winkle: The North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” Women of Weymouth Center for the Humanities, Southern Pines, 1998
- Dedicatory Remarks, Ocracoke Joint School/Public Library, Ocracoke, 1998
- “The North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” Carolina Charter Corporation, Raleigh, 1997
- “North Caroliniana,” The Julian D. Mason Talk on Rare Books and Book Collecting, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1997
- “James Knox Polk and Chapel Hill,” for North Carolina Collection Symposium on James K. Polk, 1995; for Chapel Hill Historical Society, 1996
- “The History of Little Magazines in North Carolina,” for North Carolina Writers' Network, 1993
- “How to Identify and Acquire Local History Materials,” for North Carolina Library Association Round Table on Special Collections, 1991
- “President George Washington's Visit to Halifax in 1791,” for Halifax Resolves Day, Halifax N.C., 1991
- “Hayes Library,” for North Caroliniana Society, 1989; for UNC-CH Friends of the Library, 1990
- “From James Davis to Reynolds Price: Two and a Half Centuries of North Carolina Writers,” for UNC-CH Vacation College, 1989; for North Carolina Writers Conference, 1989 [was one of five speakers on topic]
CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL/HISTORICAL/LITERARY ASSOCIATIONS
(Includes offices held or board of directors service)
- Alumni Association of the UNC-CH School of Information and Library Science, President, 1992-1993
- American Library Association, 1991-
- Carolina Charter Corporation, Board of Directors, 2007-
- Chapel Hill Historical Society, Board of Directors, 1998-2001
- Friends of Historic Hope, Library Committee; courtesy consultant
- Friends of the North Carolina State Archives, 1990- ; Board of Directors, 1998-2004
- Historical Halifax Restoration Association, 2005- ; Board of Directors, 2007- ; Vice-Chair, 2009-
- Historical Society of North Carolina, 1993- ; Program Committee 2006-2007; Nominating Committee, 2002-2003; Chair, 2004-2005 and 2012-2013
- Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society
- North Carolina Library Association, Documents Committee; Round Table on Special Collections; North Carolina Library History Bibliography subcommittee, 2004
- North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, Executive Board, 1988-1992; 2001-2003; vice-president/president-elect, 2003-2005; president, 2005- ; chair, R. Hunt Parker Award committee, 2003; chair, Christopher C. Crittenden Award committee, 2004; chair, Nominating committee, 2005
- North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, Judges Panel and Steering Committee, 1996-
- North Carolina Newspaper Project, Advisory Board, 1989-1999.
- North Carolina Writers Conference, Secretary/Treasurer., 1997; Vice-Chair, 1998; Chair, 1999
- North Carolina Writers' Network
- Raleigh Research Circle
- Society of North Carolina Archivists
- Southern Historical Association
- Stagville Center Corporation, Board of Directors, 1993-1996
- Thomas Wolfe Society, Board of Directors, 1997-2001; 2001-2004; Wolfe Centennial Committee, 1998-2000
- UNC-CH Faculty Council, 1992-1993
- UNC-CH General Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 1992-1993
- UNC-CH New Faculty Tar Heel Bus Tour, Steering Committee, 2006-; Tour Guide, 2005, 2007
- UNC-CH William R. Davie 250th Birthday Commemoration Committee, co-chair
- William P. Cumming Map Society
HONORS AND SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS
- Chaired fiftieth annual North Carolina Writers Conference, 1999
- Elected to membership in Carolina Charter Tercentenary Commission, 1999
- Elected to membership in Historical Society of North Carolina, 1993
- Elected to membership in North Caroliniana Society, 1994; ex-officio member of Board of Directors
- Featured as “Star Heel” by Daily Tar Heel (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student newspaper), 31 August 2001
- Profiled in "Bob Anthony's Charge Is to Preserve the 'Conscience' of the State," University Gazette, Vol. 35, No. 18 (27 October 2010): 13
- Guest, "North Carolina People with William Friday," television interview, WUNC-TV, broadcast on 4 & 6 November 2011 and 27 & 29 July 2012
- Received Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
- Served five-year term on North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Advisory Committee, 1998-2003
- Special Collections representative on University Library Administrative Council, 2005