Contributed by: Donna Kelly
Audiovisual Materials Unit
In July the State Archives received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve and reformat two films, “The North Carolina State Fair” (ca. 1974), a daylong glimpse of the Raleigh-based event, including an appearance by Bob Hope; and “Scott for Lieutenant Governor” (ca. 1965), a campaign ad for Robert W. Scott’s bid for lieutenant governor. Volunteer audiovisual archivist and researcher Melissa Dollman was instrumental in securing this grant. View other films from the collections at the State Archives on its YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ncarchives/videos.
A recent addition to the Audiovisual Materials finding aids is the Marcus Donald Bracey Collection which depicts part of the Yadkin Falls Development project on the Yadkin River from 1915-1919. More information is found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/north-carolina-state-archives/sets/72157646243320582/ and http://ncarchives.wordpress.com/.
As part of Archives Month, the annual “Home Movie Day” will be held Saturday, October 18 at the State Archives of North Carolina. More information can be found at http://www.avgeeks.com/HomeMovieDay2014PressRelease.pdf.
On October 6 Kim Andersen will be interviewed on the “In the Collection” show on Little Raleigh Radio at 4:00. She will also appear on “The State Things” radio show on WUNC on Thursday, October 16.
The new Cabela’s, opening in Garner in the next few months, will be featuring vintage photos (1970s and earlier) of people hunting, fishing, camping, etc. that come from the State Archives collections.
Despite the lack of a military collection archivist since March, volunteers continue to assist in entering data into the World War I database of service cards. Rusty Edmister, volunteer, passed the 200 mark in veteran interviews for the Military Collection. A new person will be hired in November.
Organization, Academic, Church, and Bible Records
One of the new church records recently accessioned by Gwen Mays is an original manuscript of the Longstreet Presbyterian Church, located in Fayetteville. Because of its fragile condition, the volume was treated by the Archives conservator and then digitized and added to the Family Records Collection with a full transcription. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15012coll1/id/67372/rec/1. This volume also lists slaves who were members of the church. Additionally, for the first time, all of the original church records and histories in the Archives holdings were indexed in the Archives MARS database.
Outer Banks History Center
The OBHC is celebrating 25 years with an exhibit An Eye for Art A Heart for History that runs through December.
Fran Tracy-Walls recently retrieved nine filing cabinets’ worth of material relating to the Durham and Southern Railroad. She also coordinated receipt of an addition to the Lillian Exum Clement Stafford Papers. Stafford was the first woman elected to the North Carolina General Assembly and the first woman to serve in any state legislature in the southern United States.
Western Regional Archives
On August 4, David Silver, a USF professor who studies media and urban agriculture, used NCSU’s Hunt Library and its magnificent IT and media resources to provide a unique and invaluable review of the farm at Black Mountain College, and how it invigorated the sense of community, the work ethic, and the physical bodies of everyone on campus. Silver has spent countless hours poring over the images and papers in the BMC archives at the NC Western Regional Archives in Asheville.
Selected material from the Black Mountain College materials will be on a two-year loan to the Institute of Contemporary Art.
June 2, 2014 – Ian F. G. Dunn was hired in the Audiovisual Materials Unit. He graduated in 2006 from North Carolina State University with a degree in sociology. Currently, Ian is a photographer and writer for goodnightraleigh.com, an online publication highlighting the art, architecture, and history of Raleigh. In his spare time he practices early photographic processes including platinum printing and wet collodion. Having been taught the workings of a traditional wet darkroom at the age of 10, his love of hand-printing and processing has remained steadfast throughout the infancy of our digital age. Photography is Ian’s driving force and he has found an especially fitting station in Special Collections.
June 30, 2014 – James Sorrell retired from the State Archives where he had worked for over thirty years.
July 1, 2014 – Donna Kelly transferred back to the State Archives from the now defunct Historical Publications Section to take over the position of head of the Special Collection Section. She graduated from Wake Forest University in history and North Carolina State University in public history. Donna worked at the Archives from 1984 to 1996 in several capacities—ranging from reference archivist to head of the Cemetery Survey to special projects archivist arranging and describing maps—so she has come full circle in her career. Many of you may remember her by her former married name of Donna K. Flowers. She served as president of the Society of North Carolina Archivists from 1990 to 1991.
November 17, 2014 – Matthew Peek will start work as the new Military Collection archivist. He graduated from Wright State University in public history. Matthew is a certified archivist with a variety of work experience ranging from arrangement and description using EAD, conducting oral history interviews with veterans, writing blogs, and he has a strong background in collection development. He was a “lone arranger” at a corporation in Ohio where he basically set up the archival program. Most recently he has been the photo archivist at the Montana Historical Society.