Rare North Carolina Report in Newly Accessioned Collection at Joyner Library, East Carolina University

Contributed by: Dale Sauter

photo by B.J. Howard

photo by B.J. Howard

One of our newly accessioned collections is The Elizabeth Vann Moore Papers, Manuscript Collection #1215.  These papers contain a rich history of Colonial North Carolina.  Among the items in this collection is an 1806 report printed for the United States House of Representatives, as the start of the Federal process that led to the 1808 Act making Plymouth, NC, a port of entry.   This report is one of only a few originals owned by all libraries and archives in the United States.  The report will be transferred to Joyner’s North Carolina Collection’s Rare Book collection.

The official title is “Report of the committee of commerce and manufactures, to whom were referred, on the sixth December last, several petitions of sundry merchants, traders and farmers : on the waters of Roanoke and Cashie rivers, in the district of Edenton, and state of North Carolina; together with a report thereon, made at the last session of congress.”  The publisher is identified as “City of Washington [D.C.] : A. & G. Way, printers, 1806.”  The report is 6 pages in length and also has a foldout two-sided chart.

The immediate outcome of this report was an important 1808 Act of Congress that made Plymouth, North Carolina a port of entry.  On the same day an Act was also passed appointing a customs officer to the port.  Another development directly related to this report included the establishment of the Roanoke River Light Station.  In addition, another outcome was the creation of the Roanoke River Navigation, making it navigable for flat bottom boats from as far away as Salem,Virginia.

Thanks to independent researcher, John Collins for his information on this report.

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Bull City Soul Online Exhibit

The members of N.C.C.U. (New Central Connection Unlimited), which originated at North Carolina Central University in the mid-1970s.  They released their sole album, Super Trick, in 1977 through the national label United Artists. (courtesy Jason Perlmutter)

The members of N.C.C.U. (New Central Connection Unlimited), which originated at North Carolina Central University in the mid-1970s. They released their sole album, Super Trick, in 1977 through the national label United Artists. (courtesy Jason Perlmutter)

Story submitted by: Lynn Richardson and Kristen Merryman

When most of us hear “soul music,” we think of Detroit and Motown Records or perhaps Memphis and Stax Records.  But did you know that Durham should come to mind, too?  The Bull City had its very own homegrown soul scene, with over 40 music groups and 10 music labels.  Thanks to a brand-new web exhibit all of us can now learn about this vibrant piece of Durham’s past in a new online exhibit.

The online exhibit, titled “Bull City Soul” [bullcitysoul.org], was launched on August 11 by Carolina soul expert Jason Perlmutter, historian Joshua Clark Davis, and graphic designer Lincoln Hancock in collaboration with the Durham County Library.  The Durham Library Foundation provided funding for the site with grant monies generously donated by GSK for the North Carolina Collection.  The exhibit tells the story of local rhythm and blues, funk, and soul music. Fans of soul will be thrilled, as will fans of Durham history, because Bull City Soul isn’t only about the music—it’s a story of black cultural life and community in 1960s and ‘70s Durham.

Bull City soul music grew out of black churches and high school band rooms. Young performers, inspired by a generation of older musicians rooted in gospel, blues, and jazz, developed a new style of music. Local radio and television exposed listeners to soul, and aspiring stars honed their craft in front of live audiences at the city’s nightclubs. Even the civil rights and black power movements encouraged the music’s rise.

What will you find at bullcitysoul.org? The site features an “Origins and Influences” section that reveals the influence of nationally know figures with Durham connections—Clyde McPhatter of The Drifters, gospel great Shirley Caesar, and comedian Pigmeat Markham of “Here Comes the Judge” fame. “On the Air” and “Soul Spots” are windows into where fans heard the music—from WAFR radio and J. D. Lewis’s “Teenage Frolics” TV show to the Baby Grand Club. The “Artists” section includes acts such as Tracy and the Jammers, the Shamrocks, and John Snells. Snells, known as “The He, The She, The It,” may have been the most popular soul singer in Durham not to put out a soul record. Infamous for his live shows performed in drag, he was backed up by a gender-bending singing group called the Rocksteady Dancers.

Check out www.bullcitysoul.org and and listen to singles by bands such as Johnny White and N.C.C.U., find out about spots like Snoopy’s and the Stallion Club where they played, and get a feel for the times and the context in which the music was created.  And if you live near Durham,  head to where the online exhibit has a companion physical exhibit, titled “Soul Souvenirs: Durham’s Musical Memories of the 1960s and 1970s,” on display now at the Museum of Durham History Hub.

For more information on the North Carolina Collection at Durham County Main Library, visit here.

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SNCA Education Committee Call for Speakers

August 29, 2014
Submitted by: Amy McDonald

The Education Committee is accepting proposals for speakers to participate in a fall speaker series to local archivist audiences in October-November. Individual speakers and panel proposals will be accepted.  Presenters will be asked to plan for 40-50 minutes of speaking, and 15 minutes for questions. PowerPoint presentations and speaking notes will also be shared on the SNCA site for those who cannot attend.

The fall speaker series is an informal opportunity to present projects, research topics, or future SAA/SNCA conference presentations to local archivists, and will include a social reception after the presentation.  This is a great opportunity to get feedback, refine arguments, and connect with colleagues in your region.

If interested, please submit an abstract of 250 words or less, including all speakers’ names and email addresses to the Education Committee at education@ncarchivists.org by September 19th.  Events will be scheduled for late October and early November.

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UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library receives LSTA digitization grant

August 1, 2014
Story submitted by: Rita Johnston

“To G. I.'s, 'welcome home' : Charlotte, North Carolina.” Published by the City of Charlotte.

“To G. I.’s, ‘welcome home’ : Charlotte, North Carolina.” Published by the City of Charlotte.

The State Library of North Carolina has awarded a second year of LSTA grant funding to Atkins Library Special Collections at UNC Charlotte to digitize and build a digital resource titled Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City. The Project Access & Digitization Grant award is just shy of $100,000, and with matching funds from Atkins Library, the total project budget exceeds $109,000. The grant is made possible through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), funded through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal grant making agency, and administered through the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The project website and digitized materials can be viewed here: http://livingcharlotte.uncc.edu/. Continue reading

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Exhibit at WFU School of Medicine

July 25, 2014
Story submitted by: Dianne Johnson

Wake Forest School of Medicine/Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives’ newest online exhibit is Katherine Davis: Miss Bowman Gray. The exhibit shares photographs of Miss Davis during her long career here at the medical school as well as memories from people that knew her well. She began as secretary to the registrar in 1942 and continued working, even after official retirement, until close to her time of death in early 2013. She was known for her quiet and kind demeanor. She was also known for her sharp memory and documentation of materials. The Archives’ other exhibits are here.

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UNCG University Archives Awarded University Libraries’ 2015 Innovation and Enrichment Grant

July 11, 2014
Story submitted by: Erin Lawrimore

University Archivist Erin Lawrimore has been awarded the UNCG University Libraries’ Innovation and Enrichment Grant for 2014-2015. Her project will focus on enhancing access to oral history recordings conducted by staff of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) as part of the UNCG Institutional Memory Project. Continue reading

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Call for Submission: Archives Month 2014 Poster and Bookmark

Dear SNCA Members,

The SNCA Archives Month Committee invites you to submit images to be used in promotional materials in support of North Carolina Archives Month, October 2014. Images should be in keeping with our theme, “North Carolina at Play: Health and Leisure in Our State.”

Potential topics for images include:

Leisure activities such as bicycling, dancing, and gardening
Physical activities, such as running or playing games
Competitive and recreational sports
Physical education
Hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation

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 2014 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 July 25!

For additional information about planning an Archives Month event at your institution, please see a past planning guide:

Many thanks!

SNCA Archives Month Committee

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ECU’s Joyner Library receives grant

June 20, 2014
Story submitted by: Dale Sauter

Unto These Hills, Eagle Dance. Photo by Chris McCoy.

Unto These Hills, Eagle Dance. Photo by Chris McCoy.

The National Archives’ National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded a grant to the Special Collections Division at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library to process the archives of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre. With matching funds from ECU, Joyner Library, and the IOT, the total project budget exceeds $119,500, according to Dr. Michael C. Hardy, director of the IOT, which is located at the university. Continue reading

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Meet the Candidates!

During the Business Meeting at our April 8 conference, members will be electing next year’s officers. These are the candidates selected by the Nominating Committee:

Kathelene Smith, candidate for President
I have been the Artifacts, Textiles, and Digital Projects Archivist at the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG since 2010. I received a MA in Art History from Louisiana State University and a MLIS in Library and Information Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2012, I served as Local Arrangements Chairman for the SNCA Conference in Greensboro and as SNCA’s Assistant Program Chair for Local Arrangements in 2013 for the Tri-State Conference.

Rebecca Petersen, candidate for Vice President/Program Chair
I have worked as Access Archivist at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR) at Wake Forest University since November 2012. My responsibilities and interests include processing and collections management, web-archiving, outreach, and student management. I received my MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in American Studies and Art History from the George Washington University. Prior to becoming Access Archivist, I worked at ZSR as Visiting Librarian and at the Library of Congress on the Veteran’s History Project and the LOOK Magazine Project. Since 2011, I have served on the SNCA board in the capacity of Chair of the Archives Week Committee. Eager to continue my work with SNCA, I am honored to be a candidate for Vice President/Program Chair.

Beth Ann Koelsch, candidate for Treasurer
I have been the curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2008. Previously, I worked as a project archivist at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University. I received my Masters in Library Science (MSLS) degree from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and my undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1990. This will be my second term as treasurer of SNCA. Prior to my first term on SNCA’s board, I also served as treasurer for the UNC- Chapel Hill student chapter of the Society of American Archivists.

Amy McDonald, candidate for Education Chair
Amy McDonald has been the Assistant University Archivist for the Duke University Archives since 2010. She received her MSLS from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. She currently maintains SNCA’s Twitter feed.

Kristen Merryman, candidate for Publications
Kristen Merryman is currently the Digital Production Manager at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Previously, she served as Digital Project Librarian on several grant funded projects at North Carolina State University, including Cultivating a Revolution and Beaux Arts to Modernism. Other institutions she has worked in across the state include the State Archives, the North Carolina Museum of History, and Tannenbaum Historic Park in Greensboro. She received her MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill with a concentration in Archives and Records Management and a MA in Public History from NCSU. She holds a BA in History and Political Science from UNC-Greensboro. Having been involved in the cultural resource field in North Carolina for over 10 years and a SNCA member since 2008, including serving as Member-at-Large last year, she is excited about the opportunity to serve her fellow archival colleagues on the board as Publications Chair and assist in helping publish the important work being done in the field in North Carolina.

Tanya Zanish-Belcher, candidate for Archives Week Chair
In March 2013, Tanya Zanish-Belcher was named Director of Special Collections and University Archivist for Wake Forest University. She received her B.A. in History from Ohio Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Historical and Archival Administration from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She worked as a Special Collections Archivist at the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History from 1989-1994. In 1995, she became the Curator for the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering at the Iowa State University Library, and in 1998 was promoted to Head of the Special Collections Department and Head of the University Archives at Iowa State. Zanish-Belcher has a special interest in advocacy and sharing archives with local communities and has given numerous presentations to local and regional groups, as well as professional organizations such as the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). She is a Past President of MAC and is currently a member of SAA Council (2012-2015).

Caitlin Christian-Lamb, candidate for Member at Large
I am the Associate Archivist for Davidson College, a newly created position that I assumed in October 2013. I received a M.S. in Library and Information Science (with a concentration in archives management) and a M.A. in History from Simmons College. Prior to joining Davidson’s staff, I held positions as the project producer/ research assistant of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University’s metaLAB (at) Harvard project, as a research associate at the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Adams Papers Editorial Project, and as the first on-staff archivist and records manager at the Nichols House Museum. You can find out more about my work at my website: www.caitlinchristianlamb.com. I have been a member of SNCA since moving to North Carolina, and am looking forward to meeting and working with my fellow North Carolina archivists!

Norma Riddle, candidate for Member at Large
Norma Myers Riddle joined the faculty of Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons and as the University Archivist and Director of Records Management in July 2010. In August 2012, she became the Coordinator for Special Collections. She came to Appalachian from East Tennessee State University where she served as the Director of the Archives of Appalachia. Norma has a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in History, Anthropology/Sociology, and Political Science, and a Master of Arts degree in history with coursework in archival administration from East Tennessee State University. In addition, she finished a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee in 1991. Her professional service has included Program Chair of the Appalachian Studies Conference, and President of Tennessee Archivists and representative on the governing committee of Southern Archivists Conference.

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Award brings conservator to UNCW Library

March 28, 2014
Story submitted by: Adina Riggins

Johnson taking light meter readings

Johnson taking light meter readings

Randall Library won a grant award from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) allowing Special Collections and University Archives to bring a preservation specialist to UNCW to assess these unique collections. The Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) for Smaller Institutions paid for Matthew S. (“Matt”) Johnson of Etherington Conservation Services (ECS) to spend March 17-21 in Special Collections and University Archives for the survey. Next Mr. Johnson will produce a written report of his findings and recommendations for improving collection care.

Mr. Johnson, Senior Rare Book Conservator at ECS in Browns Summit, NC, has been with the company since 1993. He is a 1991 graduate of UNC-Greensboro, where he earned a BFA degree in Design and Printmaking. He trained directly under renowned conservator Don Etherington. Mr. Johnson’s responsibilities include staff training, project management, and advanced conservation.

The NEH PAG for Smaller Institutions helps small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, or architectural plans and maps. UNCW was awarded $6,000 in January 2014 to fund the preservation assessment.

For more information: http://library.uncw.edu/archives_special/dub_collections/NEH_PAG_at_UNCW

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