New Elon Collections Archivist

Contributed by Lynne Bisko

Libby Coyner joined the Carol Grotnes Belk Library team at Elon University as the Elon Collections Archivist.  In this position she will be instrumental in the acquisition, processing, reference, outreach, and promotion of archival collections chiefly relating to university history and will provide leadership in the management of university records.

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Proposed Changes to SNCA Constitution and Bylaws

At the annual SNCA conference in March, the Executive Board proposed several changes and clarifications to the SNCA Constitution and Bylaws. All SNCA members with an active membership will be invited to vote on the proposed changes beginning on Monday, May 1st. An email will be sent to the listserv with instructions for voting.

View the Proposed Revisions

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Williams Student Paper Award Submissions

Contributed by Amy McDonald

The Education Committee is now accepting submissions for the Gene J. Williams Student Paper Award.

SNCA annually recognizes a paper on an archival topic written for a graduate-level course by a North Carolina student. The recipient of the Gene J. Williams Award receives a prize of $100, free conference attendance (for next year’s conference), a one-year membership in the Society of North Carolina Archivists, and publication of their award-winning paper in SNCA’s peer-reviewed journal.

For additional details, please see

To apply, an application formwhich must be signed by your professor or master’s paper/project advisor—should be submitted via email to the Education Committee Chair at Please include “Williams Award” in the subject line. Proof of NC residency must be submitted for students attending a graduate program outside North Carolina.

Submissions must be received by Friday, May 5, 2017. The winner will be notified of the award by Friday, May 26, 2017.

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Artist in Residence for Davis College

Contributed by Ron Stafford

Ron Stafford is an MLIS student at the University of South Carolina, focusing on Archives and Preservation, and an intern at the Mint Museum of Art Archives. He's also a student member of SNCA! The USC-School of Library and Information Science commissioned him to install photographs in its building at Davis College, and he is now the official Artist-in-Residence. Stafford is a professional photographer, and his installations will focus on historic buildings in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Pepsi is a Southern classic, canned in Cheraw, S.C. since 1968

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New collections at East Carolina University

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Collections in the East Carolina Manuscript Collection of the Special Collections Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books:

National Maritime Alliance Records #1294

This collection contains materials (1987-2002) related to the National Maritime Alliance (NMA) from its proposal in 1987 and its formal founding in 1988. Included are correspondence, by-laws, minutes, grant applications, trust proposals, incorporation documents, conference materials, and reports. The Alliance represents a diverse group of museums, historic preservation groups, businesses, and individuals all devoted to preserving our maritime heritage. Dr. Runyan, an ECU professor, has been on the NMA Board of Directors for a number of years.

Edward Withers Harvey, Sr. and Jr. Collection #1290

This collection contains five photographs. The oldest photograph shows the J. R. and J. G. Moye Store on Evans St. in Greenville in the 1910s. Three of the photographs document Amoco Dealers conventions in Washington, D.C., in 1938 (a panoramic shot); Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1939; and Myrtle Beach in 1940.  Edward W. Harvey, Sr., owned the Amoco distributorship in Greenville, N.C., and his son E. W. Harvey, Jr., joined him in the business in the 1930s. A more recent photograph from the late 1980s or early 1990s is of the Pitt County, N.C. Sheriff’s Department and includes coroner E. W. Harvey, Jr. The donor is the daughter of E. W. Harvey, Jr.

James Long Newsom Sr., Papers #1295

This collection contains material documenting the life of James Long Newsom Sr., (1914-2007) of Durham, N.C. A graduate of Duke University and Duke University Law School and an attendee at Syracuse University Law School, he began practicing law in Durham in 1938. Correspondence (1931-1940) documents his post-high school education and courtship of his future wife Frances Martin, whom he met at Syracuse. As a member of the United States Naval Reserve, he fought in the South Pacific during World War II (1942-1945), and this experience is covered with extensive correspondence, photographs, souvenirs, programs, and military newspapers. After the war, he returned to his law practice and continued his Naval Reserve career. Also included are diplomas, certificates, family-related photographs (dating to the 1910s), clippings, and genealogical material.

Dennis and Terrence Miller Papers #1296

This collection contains letters (1964-1967) written by brothers Terrence and Dennis Miller of St. Louis, Mo., who joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Letters written by Dennis Miller during 1967 document his time serving in Vietnam as part of the 3rd BN, 60th Ord Co. Also included are letters written by fellow soldiers and friends (through 1971), service records, negatives, military payment certificates, and Vietnamese money.

Photograph Album of Seventh Day Adventist Missions in South Pacific #1297

Photograph album (1932) documents stops in the Caribbean, Panama Canal, and many South Pacific locations, such as Pago Pago, Moorea, Tahiti, Fiji, Aruba, Australia, New Zealand, and Bali. Photographs depict housing, local life and customs, cremation ceremonies, animals, and Seventh Day Adventist Missions.

 North America Sheet XI Parts of North and South Carolina Map, 1833  #MC0056

This hand-colored detailed North America Sheet XI Parts of North and South Carolina Map was made by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. It was published in 1833 by Baldwin & Cradock of London and printed by J. & C. Walker.

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2017 SNCA Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to the new Executive Board:

President: Hannah Cox
Vice President: Kelly Wooten
Development Chair: Karen Feeney
Education Chair: Stephanie Bennett
E-Resources: Camille Tyndall Watson
Membership: Winnie Titchener
Secretary: Erin Allsop
Members at Large: Chrystal Carpenter, Bari Helms

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Collaboration between the Mooresville Public Library and Fire Department

Contributed by Andy Poore

Andy Poore, Curator of Special Collections at the Mooresville Public Library, has begun a great collaboration with the fire department. The project started out of a need for the fire department to have more detailed information at their fingertips regarding constructions and additions to buildings. This was mainly necessary for the fire marshals during fire inspections. The idea was to create an online database that would house all the blueprints, inspection reports, citations, etc. (They had been doing something similar to this with ArcGIS maps of fire hydrants.) Once the idea took off, they formed a committee to decide how this information should be arranged and cataloged. Poore helped develop the cataloging system and file system for them to use and taught basic cataloging skills to the two people who would be entering the data. They set up a workflow for approved blueprints to come to Poore for scanning; he then filed the hard copy and sent the digital copy to the fire department to upload to the system.

This project has provided wonderful assistance to the fire department by speeding up the inspection process and by keeping disputes to a minimum. It has also helped in fire-fighting situations because they can now see a complete layout of the building---including fire suppression systems, access points, etc.---faster and more efficiently than before. The project has been a great learning experience for all involved.

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Joyner exhibit showcases trappings of early healthcare

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Joyner Library is hosting the traveling exhibit The Sick Room: Invalid Feeders and Bedside Necessities in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection on the third floor of the library. The exhibit, open through the month of May, showcases a variety of items — both beautiful and useful — that helped ease invalids back to health during the Victorian Period.

Caring for a sick family member was a common part of life, and any bedroom could become the “sick room” where a convalescing patient would rest undisturbed from the difficulties of life.

“The exhibit gives us a better understanding of what life was like taking care of sick family members during the late 19th century,” said Anne Anderson, exhibit curator for the Country Doctor Museum. “This responsibility usually fell to the woman of the household, and much of her time might have been spent using the types of objects featured in the exhibit.”

“This concept still connects to us today where an illness can have a huge impact on family life.”

On loan from the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, North Carolina, the exhibit includes invalid feeders, baby rattles, bedpans, and an invalid chair.

The exhibit also offers many pieces from the private collection of Brenda Rewalt of Bolivia, North Carolina, a retired nurse who has collected more than 700 feeders and related items, some dating back to the 1700s.

“Brenda Rewalt’s collection of invalid feeders is one of the best in the country, and the Country Doctor Museum is very fortunate to include some of her beautiful pieces in this exhibit,” said Anderson. “Her knowledge about the objects, both as a collector and nurse, helped inform the exhibit’s interpretation of life in the sick room.”

On April 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Joyner Library, Anderson will offer students an opportunity to participate in a related hands-on activity. Students will grind up medicinal herbs such as eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint to make medicinal herb sachets, while Anderson and other Joyner Special Collections staff speak on how these herbs were used as home remedies, particularly in sick rooms.

Activities will continue on the third floor, and students are also encouraged to visit the exhibit and use the iPad kiosk to vote on their favorite exhibit item. Results will be posted to Joyner Library’s social media platforms.

“This is our first exhibit installation at Joyner Library and we are very grateful for the opportunity to share our passion for medical history with a new audience,” said Anderson.

For additional information, please contact the Country Doctor Museum at 252-235-4165 or e-mail Anne Anderson,

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SNCA Conference Fundraising Raffle – Thursday, March 16

Contributed by Karen Feeney

The Development Committee will be hosting a fundraising raffle to benefit the awards SNCA provides to archives students and professionals here in North Carolina. We will have two baskets full of North Carolina themed goodies to raffle.

The baskets will be available to view at the registration tables starting at 9:00 am. Tickets will be available for sale throughout the day. Please see one of these SNCA members for tickets: Karen Feeney, Amy Ruhe, Andrew Rabkin, or Susan deGuzman.

Tickets will be sold at $1 for one ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. The winners will be announced at the evening Dessert Reception and Awards Ceremony.

Buying tickets helps fund your colleagues conference attendance and student projects!

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