Congratulations to the 2017 Jackson Scholarship Recipients

Contributed by Amy McDonald

The Education Committee is pleased to announce that Chase Hanes and Jessica Serrao are this year’s recipients of the C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship.  Their awards will fully cover registration and expenses for attending SNCA’s upcoming annual conference in Asheville.

Hanes is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Library and Information Studies Department. He is focusing on special collections, academic libraries, and bibliotherapy—all the while examining the ways feminism can be integrated into library spaces. He received his B.A. in English Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill and is currently a certificate student in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at UNC-G while he pursues his MLIS. Outside of school, he loves painting/drawing, spending time with his four dogs, and learning about the Brontë sisters and their novels.

Serrao is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing her M.S. in Library Science with a concentration in Archives and Records Management. She also holds an M.A. in Public History from North Carolina State University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Binghamton University. She has held several positions in academic archives, including the King Internship for Digital Collections at Duke University and the Dulles Archival Fellowship at Princeton University. She is currently a Library Associate at NCSU Libraries Special Collections.

Congratulations to both students! Please watch the SNCA blog and listserv for announcements about next year’s scholarships or contact the Education Committee chair (education@ncarchivists.org) for more information.

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NEH Common Heritage Grant for Appalachian State University

Contributed by Pam Mitchem

The Appalachian State University History Department and University Libraries have received a National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Grant to provide a digitization event for the Lincoln Heights Recreation Corporation. Lincoln Heights was a large Rosenwald school for African Americans in Wilkesboro, N.C. Open from 1924 to 1968, Lincoln Heights educated and employed black southerners through the Jim Crow Era and the height of the 20th-century Civil Rights Movement. Since its closure, alumni and community members have been working to preserve and share their story and have invited members of Appalachian State University's history department and library to assist with that mission. This one-day event will involve digitizing alumni artifacts associated with the school and public programming, such as stories about those artifacts and memories about growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. We will also screen the documentary Rosenwald and follow it with a talk on the Rosenwald school building program to provide national context for this local experience.

The event is scheduled for Fall 2017; more information will be announced as we get closer to the date.

Preserving and Sharing the Story of the Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Common Heritage Grant.

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Upcoming Care of Archaeological Collections Workshop in Chapel Hill

Contributed by Barbara Ilie

The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) is sponsoring a workshop on caring for archaeological collections Monday, March 13, 2017, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To register and learn more about this and other NCPC workshops, please visit the consortium’s Workshops page: https://ncpreservation.org/workshops/

This workshop is designed for organizations that care for both large and small archaeological collections. The instructors will discuss various archaeological objects, their material composition, and methods for stabilization and long-term storage. Learn how to evaluate and improve your knowledge of what you have and where to find it (accountability) and how to make it available for educational and scientific use (accessibility). Exchange ideas about best practices for archaeological collections curation that can be implemented by both large and small museums, historic sites, archives, and similar repositories. Explore practical and creative solutions to a variety of problems that arise with maintaining these collections. Emphasis will be placed on methods collections staff can use to preserve archaeological objects and their associated information for current and future use, and how to balance ideal curation standards with what can be achieved within the reality of limited resources.

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DAS Exam during SNCA Pre-Conference

Contributed by Amy McDonald

SNCA is joining with SAA to offer the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) exam as part of our upcoming pre-conference schedule.

The exam will be administered on Wednesday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the reading room of the UNC-Asheville Special Collections & University Archives.

Registration for the exam will be handled via SAA at http://saa.archivists.org/events/das-comprehensive-exam-february-2017/759/ (select the Asheville location).

SAA’s fees for the exam are noted on the registration page; SNCA will not charge any additional fees.

Parking will be available for exam takers. Details about reserving parking will be available on the 2017 conference website shortly.

Questions may be directed to the Education Committee at education@ncarchivists.org.

 

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Meet the Candidates: 2017 SNCA Executive Board Elections

The elections for the 2017 Executive Board are coming up soon! More details about electronic voting will be sent via the listserv.

Until then, you can read up on our great slate of candidates.

 

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ECU’s Beyond Bricks and Mortar Project

Contributed by Dale Sauter

“Beyond Bricks and Mortar” is a photography project led by Joyner Library at East Carolina University which seeks to document the people who resided in the former neighborhood adjacent to the historic Sycamore Hill Baptist Church. This project hopes to illustrate the concept that community is much more than the mere bricks and mortar used to construct our homes. Photos produced from the project will be presented in a physical exhibition giving citizens the opportunity to learn about the historic Sycamore Hill Baptist Church and the predominantly African American community that was displaced by economic redevelopment in the 1960s. Furthermore, the images will be archived in a digital collection housed and maintained at Joyner Library. The project is supported by a North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant and the Friends of Joyner Library.

The project will photographically document former Sycamore Hill Community members or their descendants, with photographs taken as close to the original site of their residence as possible. These photographs will be a part of an exhibition at the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery located at Joyner Library at East Carolina University starting in January 2017 through March 5, 2017.  In addition, historical images of Sycamore Hill Baptist Church and surrounding neighborhood from the Joyner Library Greenville Collection will also be included in the exhibition. The project will include a free community celebration event honoring the exhibition on Friday, March 3, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Local media coverage of this project:

  • Forgotten Greenville community gets history preserved

http://www.witn.com/content/news/Forgotten-Greenville-community-gets-history-preserved-408566015.html

  • Beyond Bricks and Mortar to piece together Greenville Town Common’s past

http://wnct.com/2016/12/28/beyond-bricks-and-mortar-to-piece-together-greenville-town-commons-past/

  • Project saving memories from Sycamore Hill

http://www.reflector.com/News/2016/12/28/Project-to-keep-memories-of-life-on-Sycamore-Hill.html

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Nominations for the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award

Established in 2003, the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award seeks to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the archival profession in the state of North Carolina by

  • promoting public awareness, appreciation, or support of cultural heritage institutions, or
  • preserving historical and cultural resources, or
  • providing leadership in archival organizations or associations, or
  • teaching, training, or mentoring new members of the archival profession.

Please provide specific examples of ways in which the nominee meets at least one of the criteria outlined above and submit with the nomination form.

The nominee is not required to be a member of the Society of North Carolina Archivists but must have at least 5 years of service in the archival profession. The nominee may not be a member of the current SNCA Executive Board or Development Committee.

This award will be presented at the spring conference. Award winners receive $100, reimbursement for conference registration, a one-year membership in SNCA, and their name engraved on the award plaque at the State Archives of North Carolina.

We look forward to your nominations! Nomination deadline is January 31, 2017. The nomination form and supporting materials should be submitted via email to the Development Committee Chair at  development@ncarchivists.org.

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Applications for the Michelle Francis Scholarship

The purpose of the Michelle Francis Scholarship is to provide SNCA members access to professional development opportunities by attending the annual SNCA conference. This award provides assistance with travel and conference fees and defers costs associated with attending the conference. It also allows an archivist that normally might not attend an opportunity to gain knowledge by attending this important gathering.

Two scholarships of $250 will be awarded. Scholarship funds may be used for conference registration, workshops, conference meals, and travel expenses. Persons meeting the criteria outlined below are encouraged to apply.

For this scholarship, an individual must currently:

  • Be a current SNCA member​​
  • Be employed in an archives or related position (special collection librarian, etc.)
  • Demonstrate a financial need

Please submit these application materials:

  • Current resume or CV
  • Letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant's work
  • Essay (400 words or less) describing your financial need and/or circumstances, your job, and how you plan to use the information you learn in your work

We look forward to your applications! Deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.
Application materials should be submitted via email to the Development Committee Chair at  development@ncarchivists.org.

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SNCA Executive Board Nominations

SNCA is accepting nominations for Executive Board positions. The nominations period ends December 25. You can access the Google form to enter your nominations. Please be prepared to provide both the name and email address of your nominee.

The position descriptions and terms of office are as follows:

  • Vice President/Programming Chair (1 year): The vice president shall perform the duties of the president in case of the president's resignation or absence. The vice president shall serve as chair of the program committee. The vice president will recommend an assistant program committee chair who may attend Board meetings as a non-voting member with the vice president or as a voting member in the vice president’s absence. Note: Nominees for vice president must have previously served on the board or on a Society committee.
  • Secretary (2 years): The secretary shall keep active records of the Society including the minutes of the Society's business and Executive Board meetings and shall conduct the correspondence necessary to transacting the Society's business including the sending of notices to members concerning meetings. The secretary shall serve as the archivist for the Society. The secretary may recommend a member to arrange the Society's records of enduring value.
  • Membership Chairperson (2 years): The membership chairperson shall oversee the maintenance of membership lists and directory, send out dues notices, and contact those members who do not renew. Furthermore, the membership committee will actively solicit new members including staffing an information table at the Society's meetings.
  • Electronic Resources Chairperson (2 years): The electronic resources chairperson shall oversee the maintenance of the Society’s web page, listserv, and other electronic resources that may be developed.
  • Members at large (1 year): The members at large shall have duties as assigned by the Executive Board. Note: There are 2 open positions.
  • President (1 year): The president shall direct and coordinate the affairs of the society, shall preside at all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board, and shall perform such duties as may be directed by the Executive Board. Note: Nominees for president shall have previously served on the board.
  • Education Committee Chairperson (2 years): Directs and coordinates the activities of the education committee, which plans and promotes archival education opportunities. Selects the Gene Williams Award and C. David Jackson Scholarship winners.
  • Development Committee Chairperson (2 years): Oversees a committee that undertakes development efforts for the Society, including promotion of the Michelle Francis Endowment. Works with the Program Committee to secure sponsors for and present awards at the annual conference.
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Picture the Past: Forest History Society Repeat Photography Project

Contributed by Sara Pezzoni

Date: 1952; At the age of seven Wallace "Wah Wah" Whatley discovers trees grow faster than boys. Wah Wah posed with this tree in 1949 when it was a mere seedling one year old. This year (1952) "Wah Wah" is seven and the pine is four. This tree was planted during a campaign launched by the Opelika (Alabama) Rotary Club, to put 35,000 acres of idle Lee County land into productive forest crops. This season (1952), the club planted its three-millionth tree. Sparkplug of the campaign is Euel A. Screws, Opelika Lumberman. The club owns three mechanical planters that it makes available to small landowners at a minimal cost.

Date: 1952; At the age of seven Wallace "Wah Wah" Whatley discovers trees grow faster than boys. Wah Wah posed with this tree in 1949 when it was a mere seedling one year old. This year (1952) "Wah Wah" is seven and the pine is four. This tree was planted during a campaign launched by the Opelika (Alabama) Rotary Club, to put 35,000 acres of idle Lee County land into productive forest crops. This season (1952), the club planted its three-millionth tree. Sparkplug of the campaign is Euel A. Screws, Opelika Lumberman. The club owns three mechanical planters that it makes available to small landowners at a minimal cost.

Repeat photography is the practice of taking photographs of a specific location at two or more different times. It is a powerful visual resource for scientific study and education in forest and landscape management.

From working forests to wilderness areas, such photographic pairs or sequences can help us understand ecosystem processes and effects of human and non-human disturbances. They can inform our concepts of sustainability, help us understand the implications of public policy, and assess the results of management decisions.
While many repeat photos of forested land exist, they are scattered in many locations, occur in widely different formats, and are relatively difficult to find. The Forest History Society (FHS) has undertaken a project aimed at collecting sets of repeat photographs relating to land management and environmental research. The project website (http://www.repeatphotography.org/) hosts a centralized database that allows photos to be searched by subject keyword, location, date, format, and photographer, among many other characteristics. Additionally, repeat photography sets will be presented with contextual information, and individual images will be displayed at detailed resolution for comparison and analysis. FHS aims to provide a centralized location on the web for users to access, compare and interpret these images. The project is a collaboration between FHS and several other institutional and individual collaborators. By providing an authoritative site on the subject, they hope to identify previously unknown repeat photographic pairs and sequences, promote the creation of new repeat sets, and foster interest in the future uses of repeat photography.

The project leads welcome insights, recommendations, and collaboration in making this valuable historical information more widely available. If you have photos, research ideas, or any other input that might help, please contact Project Photo Archivist Sara Pezzoni at sara.pezzoni@foresthistory.org.

Date: 1962; Wallace Whatley, 17, now a high school senior, stands 5 feet 10 inches while this pine he watched planted when he was four now grows 50 feet into the sky.

Date: 1962; Wallace Whatley, 17, now a high school senior, stands 5 feet 10 inches while this pine he watched planted when he was four now grows 50 feet into the sky.

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