Award to New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Latino Oral History Initiative

Contributed by Jaycie Vos

In 1993, the Oral History Association established a series of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in oral history. The New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Latino Oral History Initiative has received the 2016  Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award for its work documenting stories about Latino migration, settlement, and integration to North Carolina and the American South. In early 2016, the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces team launched its fully bilingual digital archive and information system where users can browse the collection of interviews in both English and Spanish and further engage with the collection through interactive digital maps, lesson plans, and more. New Roots/Nuevas Raíces is a collaborative initiative between the Latino Migration Project, the Southern Oral History Program, and University Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill and is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Read more and learn about other Oral History Association award recipients here.

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Order your Archives Month Materials Today!!!

The SNCA Archives Month Committee has created promotional materials to celebrate North Carolina Archives Month!  Complete this survey by September 9, 2016 to receive free posters and bookmarks for your institution.


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Call for Submissions: Archives Month promotional materials

The SNCA Archives Month Committee invites SNCA members to submit images to be used in the creation of posters and bookmarks for this year's archives month observance, October 2016.  We are requesting images focused on this year's theme: "From Moonshine to Microbrews:  North Carolina's Brewing History."

Potential topics for images may include:
  • Breweries and the brewing process
  • Prohibition
  • Beer and wine festivals
  • People enjoying alcoholic beverages
  • Marketing materials/label design

The SNCA Archives Month Committee welcomes any kind of visual image, including photographs and postcards. Use of materials will be limited to Archives Month posters, bookmarks and other advertising materials for SNCA Archives Month 2016 only, and will not be otherwise published.

Please submit your images via the following form, url appears below. If your image is selected, we will be back in contact to obtain the image at a higher resolution:

Images must be submitted no later than August 8th!

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Back Issues of the Winston-Salem Chronicle Now Available Online

Contributed by Karen Feeney

Front Page of First Edition September 5, 1974

Front Page of First Edition
September 5, 1974

The Forsyth County Public Library partnered with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (DigitalNC) to digitize the Winston-Salem Chronicle, a local African American newspaper. With permission from the Winston-Salem Chronicle, 15 microfilm reels were sent to DigitalNC for digitization this spring and are now available online. The digitized editions date from 1974 to 1996 (with the exception of 1988, due to an issue with the reel for that year). They will be sending a second group of reels (1997-2014) to be digitized this fall. The digital collection currently contains 1,168 issues that are conveniently organized by year and searchable in a calendar date format. The newspaper editions are also keyword searchable, which should prove useful for research, information, and entertainment needs. As the microfilm reels are returned from DigitalNC, these back issues will still be available on microfilm in the North Carolina Room of the Forsyth County Public Library, located at 201 N. Chestnut Street in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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New Processing Archivist in Special Collections at Appalachian State University

dustinwitsmanContributed by Greta Browning

Dustin Witsman is the new Processing Archivist in Special Collections at Appalachian State University in Boone.  He started on June 6, 2016.

Dustin grew up in the Wabash Valley and lived in and around the midwest until moving to Boone in late May 2016.  He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he studied English literature, philosophy, and psychology, graduating with a BA in English in 2007.  He earned his MLIS from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, in 2012 with a concentration in Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services.

Dustin has done processing work in a number of archives including: the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale; the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago; the Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago; Shorefront Legacy Center in Evanston, Illinois; the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University - Newark; and the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture at the University of Northern Iowa.

Dustin can be reached at or 828-262-4975.

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Better Living in North Carolina: Bringing Science and Technology to the People

Contributed by James Stewart

The North Carolina State University Libraries has been awarded a $94,794 grant for the second year of the two-year digitization project “Better Living in North Carolina: Bringing Science and Technology to the People,” a collaboration with North Carolina A&T State University’s library in Greensboro. The project digitizes and provides online access to an important body of primary agricultural extension documents and media that reach back to the early 1900s. Ranging from reports and correspondence to photographs and scrapbooks, this wealth of source material reveals the scientific and technological transformation of North Carolina’s agricultural economy during the twentieth century and how this transformation improved the lives of its citizens. Students, faculty, researchers, businesses, and the general public will now have access to these digitized resources.

NCSU Libraries’ Digital Program Librarian for Special Collections Brian Dietz and University Archivist Todd Kosmerick are the principal investigators for the “Better Living in North Carolina” project. James Stewart serves as Digital Project Librarian.

This 2016-2017 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Project Access and Digitization Grant award follows last year’s $98,997 award. The grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina (part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources).

During the first year of the “Better Living in North Carolina” project, the NCSU Libraries digitized over 350,000 pages of Cooperative Extension annual reports from 1909 to 1983. NCA&T’s Bluford Library scanned roughly 3,500 pages of correspondence, pamphlets, scrapbooks, and photographs from collections of two prominent African American extension agents. This content will become accessible online gradually, beginning this summer. In the second year of the collaborative project, approximately 375,000 pages will be digitized from microfilm, in addition to some 24,000 pages from printed reports. The two libraries will also contact all agricultural extension offices in the state to make them aware of the project and the digital availability of these resources.

Overall, the project documents the development of modern agricultural practices in North Carolina and their economic impact across the state. Driven in part by work done at N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University over the course of the twentieth century, farming in North Carolina moved from subsistence levels to the production of global commodities. As this shift occurred, Cooperative Extension programs--based at N.C. State and N.C. A&T--helped North Carolina farmers and agricultural businesses learn and apply new research in the agricultural and life sciences. Specific programs have included 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences (originally called Home Demonstration and Home Economics), various farm animal programs (such as poultry extension, swine extension, etc.), boll weevil eradication, soil conservation, rural electrification, plant disease clinics, rural development, and food and nutrition education. During the world wars, there was an emphasis on food production and preservation.

The LSTA grant program funds projects that help libraries deliver lifelong learning opportunities, support libraries in providing cost-effective access to the Internet and to information expertise, and make library resources more accessible to all users.

NCSU Libraries has received multiple LSTA digitization project grants--“Cultivating a Revolution: Science, Technology, and Change in North Carolina Agriculture, 1950-1979” digitized 41,299 pages of archival documents, 2,741 photographs, and 161 videos and films, and “Green ‘N' Growing” documents the history of 4-H and home demonstration in North Carolina from the 1900s to the 1970s.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

For a listing of all 2016-2017 LSTA grant awards, visit

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Mercy Heritage Center to host SAA workshop

Contributed by Emily Reed

Mercy Heritage Center, located in Belmont, N.C., is hosting an SAA workshop titled: Fundamentals of Project Management for Archivists #1719 on Monday, September 26, 2016. This workshop is also a part of the SAA Arrangement & Description (A&D) Certificate Program.

Workshop Description

Archivists and information specialists are involved in a variety of projects every day, from small projects like developing a new procedures manual to large projects like digitizing a collection. But project management methodologies are not normally included in formal education or many archival education programs.  This workshop will help individuals acquire the basic knowledge and tools necessary for managing successful projects.

After completing this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the project life cycle from initiation to completion;
  • Utilize effective project management tools and techniques;
  • Evaluate project outcomes and disseminate project information; and
  • Demonstrate how positive personnel management adds to a successful project.

Who should attend?

This is an introductory workshop that can also be taken as a refresher course on project management. Project team members who want to become more active in – and achieve a better understanding of the workings of – their own projects are also welcome.

For more details and registration information visit

For questions, contact Kathryn Oosterhuis, Director/Archivist at Mercy Heritage Center.

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Mini-zine about doing archival research

Kelly Wooten of the David M. Rubinstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University created a mini-zine entitled "How to be a Super Researcher (Or at least fake it)."  It has tips on everything from planning your travel to an archive to taking good notes to practicing self-care while you’re there.  The posting includes a video showing researchers how to print, fold, and cut their own mini-zine for easy transport.

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Manuscript collection of service-based experiential learning pioneer available online from Elon

Contributed by Chrystal Carpenter

A new collection containing hundreds of documents from Robert L. Sigmon, a nationally recognized pioneer on the forefront of service-based experiential learning, has been digitized and is available online via the Elon Belk Library Archives and Special Collections.

Sigmon devoted his career to building quality experiential education and service-learning. Born in Lincoln County, North Carolina, his journey began after graduating from Duke University in 1957, when he went to West Pakistan as a short-term Methodist missionary and managed a hostel for boys from the lowest caste families in the area. After returning to the United States three years later, Sigmon earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1964 and continued his work with economically and racially oppressed communities in the Southeast. Since 1991 he has consulted with national, state, and local programs supporting service-based experiential learning in communities.

The online manuscript collection reflects the period from 1962 to 2006 and includes Sigmon’s teachings, research, and insight into the field of service learning. “The conceptual and program design descriptions along with the stories in this collection represent a late 20th century glimpse into service-based experiential learning practices,” says Sigmon, who defines service learning as what occurs when there is a balance between learning goals and service outcomes. “My hope is that community leaders, academic leaders, and young people can find something in these papers to build on as you connect goals of overcoming oppression, poverty, and hardships in communities while promoting service-based experiential learning.”

Chrystal Carpenter, the university archivist, says she hopes the collection will “give students a starting point in order to understand how service learning started and how it’s evolved.”

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2016 Basic Film Preservation Grant

Contributed by Matthew Peek

The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina in Raleigh has received a National Film Preservation Foundation 2016 Basic Film Preservation Grant for the preservation, digitization, reformatting, and color restoration of two original amateur World War II films shot in the South Pacific between summer 1943 and summer 1945. The films, which comprise the Daniel Dortch Price Films, WWII Papers, in the Military Collection, were donated by the WWII Army Air Force veteran who was given the films by a commanding officer when his Air Force supply unit left Guadalcanal for New Guinea and the Philippines. Price conducted an oral history interview with the Military Collection in December 2015, in which he describes the living conditions and activities in the locations featured in the films.

One black-and-white 16mm film and one color 16mm film—both silent films—include rare scenes of the landscape of an unidentified island(s); American military camp scenes in tents and soldiers doing laundry; footage of American aircraft on dirt runways; island natives; military personnel traveling by jeep across an island; military reconnaissance of the islands by photographers; washed up debris from a plane or ship on the beach; and naked American military personnel walking on the beach. The footage offers a rare look into the daily life of American military personnel in the South Pacific in a critical period of WWII. Work on the grant will begin in July 2016, with public programming and educational programming to be developed around the footage once it is digitized.

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