Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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institutional immortality through which the past may be linked with the present. For aside from being a storehouse for accumulated knowledge, the true university is identified with truth which, notwithstanding its changing setting and background, is the same-- yesterday, today, and forever.

We may, therefore, say that while its soul is the spirit of the men who teach and are taught--the heart of a true university is its library. It is the safety-deposit vault in which is kept the past's legacy for the present and the future. It is the quiet sector in the life of the busy university where imperialists in the realm of truth may happily dream of new frontiers. And it is, finally, an index of our progress as a people.

It is my high privilege at this time, as governor of North Carolina and in the name of the people, to present this magnificent and beautiful building to the University. It is more than a mere structure of steel and stone. It is more than an impersonal project paid for with money borrowed on the credit of North Carolina. It is touched and ennobled by the dreams, sacrifice, and devotion of a very great man--Dr. L. R. Wilson --and it represents the culmination of an aspiration on the part of our people. This aspiration, held high through times of stress, poverty, and struggle, is that the boys and girls of North Carolina should have educational advantages equal to those to be found anywhere and that, having these, they should make North Carolina a finer, freer, and more wholesome community in which to live.

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