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 Phillis Wheatley  was the country's first published African American woman and the second published African American. She was born May 8, 1753, in West Africa and sold into slavery at the age of seven. She was purchased by John Wheatley of Boston, and was educated and encouraged in her poetry by this progressive family. Her first book of poetry,  Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published in London in 1773. Following John Wheatley’s death, she was freed from slavery in 1778 and died in 1784.   The J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections contains the first edition of Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, numerous later publications of Wheatley’s work and biography, as well as The Works of Alexander Pope and Pope’s translation of The Odyssey, both from Wheatley’s personal library and bearing her inscription.  

The winners have been announced for the 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference, which was held on Friday, April 25th at the Barnhardt Student Activities Center. In total, 158 students presented their research projects to judges; 43 participated in oral presentations and 115 presented posters.

This is a stressful time for students as they study and take exams. So, we've created ATKINS EXAM THERAPY to provide ways for our students to unwind, take a break, and re-charge during finals. During exam week Atkins will provide a few needed distractions like therapy dogs, free pizza and coffee, and even a game of chess.

Attention UNC Charlotte Faculty: The library has added 25,000 Cambridge University Press titles to the e-Textbook database of what it owns or can acquire. It is at: http://library.uncc.edu/etextbooks/search  

Atkins Library will once again host the much-anticipated "Paws for Exam Therapy" during the final exam period. The Library therapy dogs and their handlers will gather in the atrium for these sessions: