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Dr. Gerald H. Shinn Collection

Identifier: SC-MS-123

Scope and Contents

Materials in this collection include Dr. Shinn's curriculum vitae and teaching philosphy, course syllabi, newspaper articles, photographs, various art prints and two framed images of Shinn. Also included is a vast slide collection related to archaeological digs in Israel and the middle east, european travel, art history, archaeological digs at Poplar Grove Plantation, North Carolina Living Treasures recipients and Schweitzer Prizes award ceremonies.


  • Creation: 1967-2013

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Dr. Gerald H. Shinn (1934-2013) grew up in western North Carolina, the son of Fred and Autie Shinn. He attended Duke University and received a doctorate in medieval church history. Dr. Shinn arrived at UNCW in 1967 and taught in the department of philosophy and religion for 27 years. He is responsible for founding a multitude of programs during his tenure at the university including the Albert Schweitzer International Prizes, the North Carolina Living Treasures Award, the National Living Treasures Award, the Museum of World Cultures and the Institute for Human Potential. Dr. Shinn also worked in conjunction with Tel-Aviv University, leading students on archaeological digs in Israel. Dr. Shinn has received numerous honors during his career and was awarded the O. Max Gardner Award in 1994, the highest faculty recognition given by the UNC Board of Governors. He was also the recipient of the Alumni Association's Distinguished Citizen Award, the Board of Trustees' Teaching Excellence Award and a silver medalist for National Professor of the Year, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In 2001, Shinn Plaza, located between the International and Honors residence halls on UNCW campus, was dedicated in his honor.


10 Linear Feet (Contains 2 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes, and 9 slide boxes)

Language of Materials



Dr. Gerald H. Shinn (known as Gerry) taught at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the department of philosophy and religion for 27 years. His passion for teaching was well known at the university and is self-evident in his career achievements. This manuscript collection includes Shinn's vast slide collection as well as documents and other materials related to his career and personal interests.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Dr. Gerald Shinn in 2010.

Accruals and Additions

Addition. August 23, 2013, Ruth Heath, daughter of Gerald Shinn.

Processing Information

Materials processed by Rebecca Baugnon and Maya Rodgers in March, 2014.

Dr. Gerald H. Shinn Collection
Partially Processed
Carroll R. Jones, Special Collections Staff
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository