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Signature of James L. Dusenbery and several photographs artistically combined.


The idea for "Verses and Fragments" originated with Erika Lindemann, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, who discovered Dusenbery's journal during her research for an earlier Documenting the American South collection, "True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina." In 2005, with the collaboration of Natalia Smith of the Carolina Digital Library and Archives (CDLA) and Lynn Holdzkom and Tim West of the Southern Historical Collection, Professor Lindemann began transcribing and annotating the journal and developing the contextual materials that make up this collection.
This digital edition of Dusenbery's journal was supported by a grant from the UNC Center for the Study of the American South, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of English. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, funded the development of an open-source transcription and annotation tool using Scalable Vector Graphics. The University of North Carolina Library's continuing support assured the overall development of the project.

Verses and Fragments Project Team

Scholarly Advisor: Professor Erika Lindemann

Project Co-Director: Natalia Smith

Project Co-Director: Hugh Cayless

Project Coordinators: Stephanie Morgan (2007-2008) and Sarah Ficke (2009-2011)

Graduate Assistants: Ilouise Bradford (2009-2011), William Corbett (2010), Cristóbal Palmer (2009-2010), Jessica Lin (2010), and Sean Trujillo (2010-2011).

Additional Support

Erika Lindemann, Douglas Shadle (Ph.D. Department of Music), Sarah Ficke (Ph.D. Department of English), and Ilouise Bradford (Ph.D. Candidate Department of English) contributed scholarly essays to the site.
This project would not have been possible without the generous assistance of the following individuals and institutions:

Digital Production Center in the CDLA: Fred Stipe, Bill Richards, and Emily Scott

Southern Historical Collection staff: Laura Brown and Tim Williams

North Carolina Collection staff: Eileen McGrath, Jason Tomberlin, Nicholas Graham, and Linda Jacobson

UNC Health Sciences Librarians: Diane McKenzie and Daniel L. Smith

Susan C. Ballinger, Assistant University Archivist

Jan Paris, Wilson Library Conservator

Library Systems Department: Stephen Ball, Tim Shearer, and David Romani

Elizabeth Barthold Dreesen, UNC School of Medicine

George F. Sheldon, UNC School of Medicine

Philip F. Gura, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of English

Karen Shadle, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music

James W. Flannery, Emory University

Kate Lindemann, Brunswick, ME

Davidson County Library, Lexington, NC

Lincoln County Historical Association, Lincolnton, NC

Davidson County Historical Museum, Lexington, NC

Charles R. Jonas Library, Lincolnton, NC

Mocksville Public Library, Mocksville, NC

Alamance County Historical Museum, Burlington, NC

Carteret County Library, Beaufort, NC

State Library of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State Archives

University of Pennsylvania Archives and Records Center, Philadelphia, PA

University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Baltimore, MD

Piedmont Funeral Home, Lexington, NC

We are particularly grateful for the special insights and generous contributions to this project provided by descendants of James Lawrence Dusenbery—Col. William Brevard Hankins, Jr., Dorothy Ann Hankins, Bill Horton, Hooker Horton, and Carol Seitz—as well as Mary Warshaw and Corliss and Mike Bradley of Beaufort, NC, whose hospitality and appreciation for the history of their community helped make it possible to construct the genealogy for the Dusenbery family.
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