ECU’s Joyner Library opens exhibit on Native Carolinians circa 1585

J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University opens Native Carolinians, 1585:  The Theodor de Bry Engravings of John White Watercolors on April 4, 2011.

The Native Collections exhibit will feature 22 engravings created by Theodor de Bry that appeared in the English, Latin, and German 1590 editions of Thomas Harriot’s A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia.  The engravings were based on the watercolors by the artist, John White, circa 1585, also a member of the colony.

This is the first published account of native North Carolinians and the plant and animal life in the coastal area of NC by eye-witness, Thomas Harriot.  ECU’s Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is named for Harriot, a scientist who accompanied Sir Walter Raleigh’s 1585 colony to Roanoke Island to conduct experiments.

“We are grateful to Michael Joyner for sharing his prints and books for this exhibit”, says Maury York, assistant director for Joyner Library Special Collections department.  “Through his exceptional generosity, the students at East Carolina University and the people of eastern North Carolina will have a rare opportunity to view important images of native Americans as they were seen by Europeans during the lifetime of Sir Walter Raleigh.”

Also on display will be a large print “The Invincible Armada Defeated” of the English defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and prints depicting Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth I of England.  In addition, the exhibit will include Raleigh’s Historie of the World and an early biography of him.

The collection, provided courtesy of Michael N. Joyner of Cary, will be on display through May 15 in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection located on the third floor of the library.

For more information contact Dawn Wainwright, Marketing Director, at 252-328-4090.

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