Gifts and Donations
Gifts of books are a welcome edition to the Ullman Library. Gifted books may be added to the library’s general collection following our gift and collection development policies. Any items that do not meet our collection development needs, detailed below, will be sold at our departmental book sale. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the library, the department, and students. Those wishing to make a monetary gift to the library may do so here. We thank you for your support.
Collection Development Policy
Statement of Purpose
The Ullman Library collection supports the research needs and current curriculum of the faculty and student populations of the Department of Classics at UNC-Chapel Hill. The library is also occasionally used by faculty and students from the departments of Religious Studies, Philosophy, Art, and History.
The Ullman Collection primarily consists of Ancient Greek and Latin literature and associated commentaries and translations. The library also contains works pertaining to the study of epigraphy, archaeology, linguistics, rhetoric, ancient law, mythology, medicine, religion, philosophy, and ancient history. Ullman Library is independent from the UNC Library system and is funded by an Emeritus faculty endowment.
The Ullman Library currently defers any donated materials that are not currently held in the main UNC Library System to UNC’s Davis Library. The majority of items in the Ullman Library collection are a result of Emeritus faculty donation and donations from late friends of the library or their estates. Some items are actively purchased at faculty request.
The UNC Department of Classics offers B.A. degrees in Ancient Greek, Latin, Combined Ancient Greek & Latin, Classical Archaeology, and Classical Civilization; M.A. degrees in Greek, Latin, or Archaeology; and PhD degrees in Classics, Classics with Historical Emphasis, Classical and Medieval Latin, and Classical Archaeology.
Scope of Coverage
The Ullman Library collection consists primarily of Latin and Ancient Greek primary texts, supplemented by translations and criticism in English and the principal pertinent European languages. The majority of translations and criticisms are collected in English; however, major critical works by German, French, Spanish, and Italian scholars are collected in their original languages, especially in the absence of a readily available English translation.
Geographical areas extant in the collection are regions governed or influenced by Ancient Greece or Rome or those which had significant impact on Greco-Roman culture and/or development.
The bulk of the primary texts of the Ullman Collection were composed between the 7th century BCE and the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century CE. Materials from Medieval scholars through the present day are collected selectively, based on current faculty interest and significance of the criticism or translation to the Classical Tradition as a whole.
The majority of the collection was imprinted in the 20th and 21st centuries, but works dating back as far as the 18th century are present.
The Ullman Library also possesses an archive of journal offprints dating back as far as the 18th century. Ullman only actively collects offprints of journal runs or individual articles not currently available (either in print or electronically) via the main UNC Library System. Since the majority of serial scholarship is now available digitally, new offprint donations must be explicitly approved by the librarian and current faculty before admittance.
Library of Congress Call Numbers
Thesubject scope of Ullman collection primarily falls into the following Library of Congress call number ranges:
|B 108-708||Ancient Philosophy|
|B 720-765||Medieval Philosophy|
|BJ 71-1185||Ethics, history and general works|
|BL 1-2790||Religions. Mythology. Rationalism|
|BL 1109.2-1109.7||Religion – Antiquities. Archaeology. Inscriptions|
|BR 60-67||Early Christian literature. Fathers of the Church, etc|
|BR130-133.5||Christian antiquities. Archaeology. Museums|
|D 51-95||Ancient History|
|DE 1-100||Mediterranean Region, Greco-Roman World|
|DF 10-289||Ancient Greece|
|DG 11-365||Ancient Italy, Rome to 476|
|DS 155-156||Asia Minor|
|DS 327-329||Ancient Western and Central Asia|
|DT 160-177||North Africa|
|P 901-1091||Extinct Ancient or Medieval Languages|
|PA 1-8595||Classical Languages and Literature|
|Z 1201-4980.A-.Z||National Bibliography|
|Z 5579.2||Ancient Civilization Bibliography|
|Z 6202||Ancient History Bibliography|
|Z 6207.G7||Greco-Roman Civilization Bibliography|
|Z 6515||Ancient Literature Bibliography|
|Z 7021||Greek Philology and Linguistics Bibliography|
|Z 7026||Latin Philology and Linguistics Bibliography|
|Z 8001-8999||Personal Bibliography|
Types of Materials
Books and reference materials, including atlases, bibliographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, concordances, directories, thesauri, indexes and abstracts.
Dissertations & Theses; Journal Offprints.
Continuing serial subscriptions, audio-visual materials, juvenile literature, travel guides, and popular fiction.
Subjects Actively Collecting
Current faculty interests
|Hellenistic Poetry||Latin Literature|
|Ancient Athletics||Roman Historians|
|Bronze Age Aegean||Roman Art and Architecture|
|Greek Early Iron Age||Latin Prose|
|Early State Formation in the Aegean||Roman History|
|Latin Elegy||Roman Law|
|Roman Comedy||Latin Poetry|
|Roman Archaeology||Greek and Roman Comedy|
|The Hellenistic and Roman Near East||Satire|
|Republican and Augustan Poetry||Greek Philosophical Literature|
|Classical Tradition||Greek Biography|
|Roman Religion||Greek Prose|
|Latin Historiography||Greek Historians|
|Roman Law||Greek Historiography|
|Iron Age Near Eastern Archaeology||Greek Literature and Culture|
|Hellenistic and Roman Art and Architecture||Greek Law and Rhetoric|
|Greek and Latin Rhetoric and Oratory||Greek Tragedy|
|Classical Didactic Poetry||Hellenistic Poetry|
|Hellenistic Civilization||Greek Archaeology|
|Greek Epigraphy||Greek Political and Ethical Thought|
Donors acknowledge that any materials not explicitly aligned with the current Collection Development Policy of the Library will be sold in Departmental Book Sales to benefit the Ullman Library and the Department of Classics.
You can view the donor agreement here.
Gifts of books are a welcome addition to the Ullman Library. Gifts may be added to the library’s general collection following our gifts and collection development policies. If UNC Libraries does not contain at least one copy of the donated item, then it may acquisition the item. Any books already in the collection or not within the scope of the collection may be sold at our annual book sale or discarded. Proceeds from book sales support the Library, the department, and its students.
Materials that generally are not accepted are
- Physically deteriorating items
- Outdated textbooks
- Mass market paperbacks
- Popular magazines and academic journals