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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Busy Times at ECU

Contributed by Dale Sauter

The Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for Recognition of Student Research was established by Mrs. Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann. First awarded in 2009,  the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize annually recognizes outstanding ECU undergraduate student research based largely on primary sources held by the J. Y. Joyner Librarys Special Collections. The 2016 first place winner is Adam Caldwell. Adam graduated from ECU last year with a degree in political science and history and is currently serving as the eastern North Carolina regional representative for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis. His paper was written for History 4000 and is entitled, “A Senator from East Carolina: John P. East, Jesse Helms, and the 1980 United States Senate Election in North Carolina.” The second place winner is William Cheek. William graduated from ECU with a B.A. in history and a North Carolina studies minor. His paper was written for History 5135 and is entitled, “ECU Riots and Protests: A Tradition of Student Activism.”

The Langford North Carolina Collection has made a number of new acquisitions.

  • Dilettante Book Club Records. This collection contains the records of the Dilettante Book Club founded in 1961 by members of the East Carolina College Faculty Wives Club in Greenville, N.C. Included are minutes (1961-1976, 1996-2012), financial records (1970-2012), correspondence (1975-2015), and yearbooks (1961-2011, some missing).
  • Robert “Bob” Boyd Robinson III Papers. This collection (1823-1999) contains the papers of Robert “Bob” Boyd Robinson III (1948-1999) of Garysburg, N.C. Included are original documents related to Andrew Jackson Ellis and other Ellis family members, such as correspondence (1843, 1854, and 1861-1865), an 1884 invitation and order of exercises for Howard University’s commencement, memoriam letters (1912-1913), and photographs (large tintype, cartes de visite). Other documents include Boyd family Bible records and a 1917 publication titled, Ceremonies Attending Dedication of the Virginia Memorial on the Battlefield of Gettysburg. Genealogical notes, clippings, correspondence, family charts, and Bible record transcriptions concern the Palmer, Gary, Ellis, Coker, Kee, Turner, Boyd, Robinson, Read, Ricks, Purnell, Crossland, and Stephenson families of northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. Other documents relate to Robinsons involvement with groups such as the Society of the Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution in the State of North Carolina, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, among others; and his column in The Daily Herald newspaper of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. titled, “Confederate Letter.”
  • Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church Records. This collection includes a ledger book containing records (August 1882-December 1996) of the Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church located at the intersection of Fourteenth Street and Fire Tower Road in Greenville, N.C. The church was founded in 1758, but the present building was built in 1893. Included are the Church Covenant, adopted December 24, 1791; the Rules of Conference, adopted February 11, 1792; minutes of the Conference meetings (1882-1996), which also mention when members joined, left, or died; lists of some of the members with identifying information related to membership status; and loose papers. Also included are two issues of Zion’s Landmark (December 15, 1913, and April 15, 1916).
  •  Charles J. O’Hagan Papers—Addition. These papers contain many letters (1840s -1880s) written and received by Dr. Charles James O’Hagan (1821-1900), and his wife and daughters. Dr. O’Hagan emigrated from Londonderry, Ireland in 1842, taught school near Greenville, N.C., earned his medical degree, and practiced medicine in the area. He served in the Confederate Army as a surgeon for the 1st N.C. Cavalry and the 35th N.C. Infantry, and many of the letters are from those years. He returned to his medical practice after the war and served as mayor and commissioner for Greenville and as president of the N.C. State Board of Medical Examiners and the N.C. State Medical Society. Later photographs and letters also concern the related Laughinghouse and Grimes families of Pitt County, North Carolina.
  •  Lynndale Garden Club Collection. Includes seven notebooks containing meeting minutes, executive board minutes, treasurer reports, newsletters, installation ceremony information, and yearbooks for the Lynndale Garden Club of Greenville, N.C., for the years 1974 through 2016. Also included is a photograph album containing photographs, clippings, newsletters, and brochures (from events attended) for 2000 and 2001.
  •  Rebecca T. Jamieson Letter. A missionary letter written February 17, 1841, by Rebecca Townsend Jamieson, a wife and mother, who was living with her husband and children in Subothro (now Sabathu) in the Himalaya Mountains in Northern India. In it she describes in good detail the experiences and the hardships during the previous two to three years of their missionary work in Shohorunpore and Subothro, India. She was also very sick during part of the time and she gave birth to three children, including one child who died at the age of eight days.
  •  General Frank A. Armstrong Papers—Addition. Armstrong’s handwritten diary documents his firsthand accounts of the German Air Blitz in England in 1941. Also included are a few handwritten notes related to the war, as well as one typed letter from Armstrong in 1942 that starts off “Dear Diary” but does not appear to be in his autobiography or Armstrong’s other memoir. It is very descriptive in terms of what is happening strategically in the war. Armstrong was born in Hobgood, N.C. His grandson, Frank Armstrong IV, resides in California but found this original diary while on a recent trip back to North Carolina to visit relatives. Wake the Sleeping Giant [ca. 1960] is the autobiography of Armstrong as told to William E. Hickinbotham. The account relates his experiences as an air cadet in the late twenties and comments on early air training methods. In recounting his early flying career, Armstrong describes flying as a U.S. Army mail pilot for the U.S. Post Office. The autobiography incorporates a diary maintained during his tenure in England as a military observer (1941), and contains a lucid description of British life during the German Air Blitz. Some overlap exists between this account and his memoir concerning the VIIIth Bomber Command. This account describes Armstrongs command and training of the 97th Heavy Bombardment Group, the first American bomber crew to fly a mission over Europe; the 306th Heavy Bombardment Group, which flew the first daylight raid against Germany; the 46th Bomb Operational Training Wing; and the 315th Bombardment Wing (Very Heavy), which as a part of the XXIst Bomber Command bombarded targets in Japan. Armstrongs postwar account includes an attempted record-breaking flight from Hokkaido, Japan to Washington, D.C., as well as an account of a pioneering flight with Bernt Balchen from Alaska, over the North Pole, to Norway (1949). Armstrong also discusses the novel and film, Twelve O’Clock High, the basis of which were his wartime bomber experiences; his tenure as commander of the Second Air Force and the training of crews for the Strategic Air Command; and the SAC-Russian competition for strategical hegemony. As commander-in-chief of the Alaskan Command, Armstrong criticizes Alaskan defense strategy, proposes solutions, and warns of the dangers of Communism.







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Passing of SNCA member

Contributed by Kenneth Marks

Sue Marks of Apex died January 14, 2016.  She was the historian at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh.  She was a member of SNCA until she became unable to attend meetings 3 years ago.

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