The Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina’s Wilson Library has awarded the 2017 J. Carlyle Sitterson Visiting Scholar Grant to Dr. Woody Register, Francis S. Houghteling Professor of American History.
The Sitterson Grant supports projects examining the Antebellum American South and is named after UNC Chancellor J. Carlyle Sitterson.
The grant ($1,000) will assist Register’s research work for the Sewanee Slavery Project, which he directs. The Project seeks to understand the relation of slavery and slavery’s legacies to the university’s founding and first century of operation.
The archives at Chapel Hill house some of the most important papers of the University’s founding generation, including those of Leonidas Polk and James H. Otey, the Episcopal bishops of Louisiana and Tennessee.
“The Southern Historical Collection will be vital to the project of reconstructing the network of religious, business, and personal connections that the founding bishops cultivated in shaping the university’s mission
and compiling an extraordinary initial endowment,” Register said. “Earning the support of the preeminent repository of Southern history shows that scholars are recognizing the importance of Sewanee’s history.”
Register is chair of the History Department and directs the American Studies Program. For a complete profile of his teaching and scholarship, please see his departmental web page.