SNCA member to speak at SAA Congressional Papers Roundtable meeting

Matthew Peek will be the keynote speaker for the business meeting of the Society of American Archivists Congressional Papers Roundtable next month in Cleveland.  The talk will summarize his research identifying how U.S. congressmen used photographs in their work and publicity and applying this information to identify photographs.  This research was conducted while Peek was a project archivist on a Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections grant to identify, describe, and organize the Senator Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film Collections for the Montana Historical Society.

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Upcoming exhibits at Special Collections & Archives of Wake Forest University

From August 17 to September 30, 2015, Special Collections & Archives (SCA) will exhibit Bags of America by Wake Forest University Art Professor Leigh Ann Hallberg.  Bags of America is a large handmade artist’s book containing a suite of twelve drawings of cereal bag liners.  Professor Hallberg created it as an extension of a series of smaller drawings of the same subject and in response to John James Audubon’s Birds of America and the heft of his double-elephant folio work.  Although Bags of America shares Audubon’s interest in careful observation, its subject — the detritus of our everyday lives — has a beauty of its own and will also remind visitors of the impact of the consumer-celebrity culture in which we all participate.

Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting Bags of America in the Research Room (Room 625, ZSR) from August 17 to September 30.  A public reception will be held September 2 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

Beginning on October 1, 2015, the SCA’s major fall exhibit will focus on the life, work, and many contributions of long-time university chaplain and alumnus Edgar D. Christman.  He led the Office of the Chaplain for 34 years and was affiliated with Wake Forest for most of his life, beginning with his matriculation to the college in 1947.  Christman, whose papers have recently been processed, passed away on December 24, 2014.  This exhibit will continue into spring 2016.

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Wake Forest University Special Collections & Archives receives LSTA EZ Digitization Grant

Special Collections & Archives at Wake Forest University recently received a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) EZ Digitization Grant to digitize archival material that is part of the North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection. Nearly 100 linear ft. of original archival records that date back to the 18th century and belong to 120 churches throughout North Carolina will be made available as part of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s online Baptist Collection.

LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of North Carolina are 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, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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Archival materials from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina have starring roles

Last April, Saint Augustine’s University and the Bicentennial Committee for the three Episcopal Dioceses in North Carolina (Diocese of North Carolina, Diocese of Eastern Carolina, and Diocese of Western North Carolina) sponsored History Day 2015 to explore “A Calculated Leap: Black Episcopal Missions, Schools and Bishops, 1865-1918.”  Details of the exhibits can be read at http://www.dionc.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3171563.  History Day 2016 will take place in Gastonia on April 9th and will focus on the Episcopal Church’s work in the early mill communities.  The culmination of six years of events will be the bicentennial celebration on April 22, 2017, at Christ Church, New Bern (Diocese of East Carolina), where the original statewide Diocese of North Carolina was organized in 1817.

Lynn Hoke, project archivist for the Diocese of North Carolina, also began a weekly series in February of “Short Sketches of Historically Black Churches Across North Carolina.”  The latest installment of this ongoing series can be read at http://www.dionc.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3172565.

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Grant will improve access to history collection at ECU’s Laupus Library

Contributed by Dale Sauter

A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid in improving accessibility to historical archives housed in an East Carolina University library.  The State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a nine-month, $59,200 grant to the Special Collections Division at J. Y. Joyner Library to process the History Collections at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.  The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. With matching funds from Joyner Library, the total project exceeds $66,900.

“The purpose of this project is to improve accessibility of the history collections at the Laupus Health Sciences Library,” said Janice S. Lewis, director of Joyner Library.  “The Laupus history collections, which consist of over 6,200 monographs, 200 artifacts and a growing number of oral history materials, document the history of medicine and health care in eastern North Carolina.”

The history collections include two distinct categories of material: Laupus Library Archival Collection and the Country Doctor Museum Archival Collection. The Country Doctor Museum archival collection is less than half of the museum’s special collections – the majority of the artifacts are stored at the museum in Bailey, North Carolina.

“The primary focus of this project will be to convert collection guides from Word documents and Excel spreadsheets into Encoded Archival Description finding aids, thus making all collection guides and inventories available online,” said Jennifer Joyner, digital archivist and grant principal investigator.  “Currently, there are no online finding aids directing users to these rich and unique collections.”  “The lack of online access to the history collections is in stark contrast to the online accessibility of the manuscript materials at Joyner Library’s special collections division,” Lewis added.  “During the 2013-14 year, the finding aids in our East Carolina Manuscript Collection and University Archives received 135,205 page views and were searched over 30,122 times.”

The final step of the project will be to digitize key materials from the Laupus history collections that are representative of the holdings. The digitized materials will become a part of ECU Digital Collections, and item level metadata will be shared with the Digital Public Library of America. The creation of multiple access points will improve the accessibility and visibility of these valuable historical collections.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

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House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site initiates archival program

Travis at work

Travis at work

The House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site is hosting Travis Souther as an intern this summer to initiate an archival and digitization program at the site.  The 18th century home was the scene of a heated skirmish during the Revolutionary War and still bears some of the original bullet holes.  The majority of Souther’s work has centered on digitization and metadata creation, including creating a content management system (which can be viewed here) and updating the site’s Historypin account (which can be viewed here ).  The project is still far from complete but great strides have been made in making the site’s more than 2000 photographs and newspaper clippings available through electronic means.

 

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Stephanie Bennett from Wake Forest University to attend an Image Permanence Institute workshop

Contributed by Stephanie Bennett

Wake Forest University Special Collections and Archives would like to announce that Collections Archivist Stephanie Bennett has been selected to attend an Image Permanence Institute (IPI) workshop, Preservation of Digitally Printed Materials in Libraries, Archives and Museums. Bennett was one of 15 participants selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants. The workshop, for which tuition of waived due to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be held October 20-22, 2015, at IPI’s facilities at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. IPI is a nonprofit, university-based laboratory and recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property.

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New exhibits at Joyner Library at East Carolina University

Contributed by Dale Sauter

NC-Missionary-Exhibit
NC Missionary Exhibit
“Sent Out to Serve: North Carolina Women Missionaries, 1872-1992″ will be on display March through December 2015. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Laureen Tedesco, Department of English, and Melanie Koerber, English Education Program, along with the staff of the Special Collections department.

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Eudora Welty Exhibit
“The Continuous Thread of Revelation” – Eudora Welty’s Photography in the Stuart Wright Collection. The exhibit includes a rare collection of twenty photographic prints taken by Welty. In addition, there are four original photographs taken and developed by Welty in her kitchen.

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Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives exhibit opening in October

Submitted by Ashley Yandle

Dr. Chase Ambler, nature enthusiast, stands on a cliff in 1910; from the Appalachian National Park Association, General Records, Western Regional Archives. This item is among many that will be included in “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives.

Dr. Chase Ambler, nature enthusiast, stands on a cliff in 1910; from the Appalachian National Park Association, General Records, Western Regional Archives. This item is among many that will be included in “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives.

The Friends of the Archives is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit on the documents, history, and purpose of the State Archives of North Carolina. Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives will be open at the North Carolina Museum of History October 24, 2015 – June 19, 2016. Through a selection of documents from the Archives vault, unique letters, historical photographs, county and state agency records, posters, and digital media, the exhibit will illustrate the ways the State Archives documents state and county government, provides evidence of civil rights, and preserves the history and culture of North Carolina.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Archives, the exhibit will highlight rarely displayed archival materials, such as the 1663 Carolina Charter, North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights, and a map dating from 1584, the oldest in the Archives’ collection. It will include fascinating glimpses into the lives of famous and not-so-famous North Carolinians through the documents they left behind, such as: a hand-drawn map from the Tom Dula murder trial; the 1665 will of Mary Fortsen, the oldest will known to exist in North Carolina; a rare 1903 African American publication created in response to changes in voter registration laws; the naturalization petition for Chang and Eng Bunker; and World War I photographs from North Carolina soldiers and sailors. The exhibit will also touch on current initiatives to capture and preserve online resources such as social media, GIS data, email, and government websites. In addition to materials from the collection in Raleigh, the exhibit will include items from the Archives’ regional repositories, the Outer Banks History Center (Manteo) and Western Regional Archives (Asheville).

While some materials will be available throughout the duration of the exhibit, some of the rarest items will only be on display for a short time. These materials include:

  • October 24 – October 27: North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights;
  • October 28 – February 7: 11th Amendment and James Iredell’s diary;
  • February 8 – February 14: 1663 Carolina Charter;
  • February 15 – June 14: Signature documents including items signed by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Buckminster Fuller, among others.
  • June 15 – June 19: North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights.

If you would like to support this event through a one-time donation, please visit the Friends exhibit web page for more information. Funding supplied by donors will be used for document conservation and framing, exhibit preparation, and informational materials.

About the Friends of the Archives

The Friends of the Archives is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization formed in 1977 whose mission is to support, promote, and strengthen the collections, services, and programs of the State Archives of North Carolina. The mission of the State Archives is to collect, preserve, and provide access to North Carolina’s documentary history and culture. Learn more at http://www.ncdcr.gov/archives/GetInvolved/Friends.aspx.

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Kim Andersen now the Communications Coordinator for SAA’s Visual Materials Section

The Society of American Archivists Visual Materials Section is pleased to announce that Kim Andersen will serve as the Communications Coordinator for the Visual Materials Section. This volunteer position manages communications activities for the Section in order to deliver consistent announcements and news through a variety of media including:

  • Views: The Newsletter of the Visual Materials Section
  • saavms.org website
  • Social media, including the Visual Materials Section Facebook page and Twitter account
  • VISUALMAT and VMS listservs

Kim is a North Carolina native with academic degrees from North Carolina State University. In 1988, she began her archival career at the North Carolina State Archives during her graduate work in public history. Kim continued to work at the State Archives until 2001, when she started a five-year long position at the State Library of North Carolina on NC ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online <http://www.ncecho.org/>), a project funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which enables users to search across thousands of digitized and born-digital historic material. In 2005, Kim returned to the State Archives, where she manages more than two million photographic images in the Audio Visual Materials Unit of the Special Collections Section, as well as motion picture films and audio recordings. Throughout her archival career, Kim has been involved with the Visual Materials Section of the Society of American Archivists, and currently serves as a member-at-large with her term ending in 2015.

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