The Next Step for WCU Hunter Library’s Special Collections

Contributed by Liz Skene

Following the retirement of George Frizzell, who served as Head of Special Collections at Western Carolina University for 34 years, Hunter Library’s departments have undergone reorganization. Elizabeth Skene, formerly the Digital Initiatives Librarian, is overseeing the merger of the Digital Initiatives Unit and Special Collections into a new Special and Digital Collections Unit. As Special and Digital Collections Librarian, Skene will further integrate and streamline the library’s digital collections and Special Collections services, while continuing to promote Open Access and data management. Before coming to WCU in 2014, Skene was the Curator of Collections at the Arab American National Museum and holds an MSI from the University of Michigan.

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News from ECU

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Robert Penn Warren and the Vanderbilt Poets Exhibit

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and served as Poet Laureate of the United States, in addition to writing novels that included All the King’s Men. It was during his time as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University that he decided on a career as a writer. A new exhibit at J. Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University focuses on his college years and his lifelong relationships with fellow poets and literary scholars that began during this time. The exhibit, Robert Penn Warren and the Vanderbilt Poets, will be displayed on the 1st and 4th floors of Joyner Library from July 1, 2016 until January 31, 2017. The exhibit consists of books and manuscripts from the Stuart Wright Collection (#1169). It is curated by Jonathan Dembo (Special Collections Curator) and Ralph Scott (Curator of Rare Books and Maps) in the Special Collections Division.

New Collections

Rebecca T. Jamieson Letter #1275

A missionary letter written February 17, 1841, by Rebecca Townsend Jamieson, a wife and mother, who was living with her husband and children in Subothro (now Sabathu) in the Himalaya Mountains in Northern India. In it she describes in detail the experiences and hardships during the previous two to three years of their missionary work in Shohorunpore and Subothro, India. She was very sick during part of the time and gave birth to three children, including one who only lived eight days.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Betsy Dowdy Chapter Records #1279

This collection consists of the records (1938-2014) of the Betsy Dowdy Chapter (Elizabeth City, North Carolina) of the DAR. Included are thirty-nine scrapbooks (1939-2012), fourteen Constitution Week scrapbooks (1979-2008), minutes (1938-2009), executive board minutes (1988-2010), award certificates (1970s-2014), treasurers’ reports and other financial records (1992-2011), publications (1938-1958), and loose items (1940s-2000s). The scrapbooks contain photographs, clippings, programs, minutes, brochures, and circulars reflecting the activities of the Betsy Dowdy Chapter.  Approximately 20 cubic feet.

Sawyer-Harris Papers #1280

This collection consists of 48 deeds (1801-1907), legal documents, and notes related to land ownership in Pitt County, North Carolina, in the area that became Ayden. The documents pertain mainly to the Harris, McGlohon/McLawhorn, and Cannon families, especially William Henry Harris, the founder of Ayden. Also included are a blueprint plat of Ayden (June 21, 1890) and copies of 2 clippings (1991-1992) about the founding of Ayden. Additional items that have been placed in the East Carolina University Archives are a 1915 yearbook for East Carolina Teachers Training School (now ECU), a 1915 folded card for the Junior-Senior Reception at ECTTS, and a calling card---all of which belonged to ECTTS student Katherine (Kate or Katie) Eugenia Sawyer. This collection is donated by the family of John William Sawyer.

44th Massachusetts Vol. Reg., Co. I, Private’s Papers #1281

This collection contains a diary (February 16, 1863--May 16, 1863) and correspondence (September 14, 1862--September 15, 1864) written by an unknown private serving in Co. I of the 44th Massachusetts Volunteers Regiment during the Civil War. The diary was written by a man named Daniel while his company was camped at Brice’s Creek, North Carolina. The letters cover a longer span and are written by Daniel to his sister Susie. During that time, his company was camped at Readville, Newberne (now New Bern), and Brice’s Creek in North Carolina; near Fort Smith and at Arlington Heights in Virginia; and at Fort Delaware in Delaware.

Rhaford Lanier and 31st Reg. of North Carolina Militia Record Book #1282

Rhaford Lanier of Duplin County, North Carolina, kept a record book for the Cypress Creek Company (mostly Duplin County men) associated with the 31st Regiment of N.C. Militia. It mainly covers 1840-1845 and 1861-1865 and includes, among other records, muster rolls and allowances paid to soldiers’ families (1864-1865).

William A. Greenleaf Collection #1283

This collection consists of papers (1851-1898) relating primarily to William Alva Greenleaf (1825-1894) of New York and Jersey City, New Jersey, and also to his son Harry Torrey Greenleaf and wife Gertrude Pool Greenleaf of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The majority (1863-1868, 1887-1894) of the papers are related to William A. Greenleaf’s service (1863-1865) in the Civil War as Acting Assistant Surgeon with the U.S. Volunteers stationed at hospitals in Beaufort and Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Camp Randall at Madison, Wisconsin, and his efforts to obtain an increased pension and reimbursement for travel. Also included are correspondence (1859-1898), legal and estate records (1851-1894), financial records (1880s-1890s), and genealogical records.

Abijah Hollis Civil War Collection #1284

Abijah Hollis of New Hampshire served with the 45th and 56th Regiments Massachusetts Volunteers with heavy involvement in the North Carolina campaign. This collection consists of a photocopy of an unpublished typescript entitled, “STORIES OF THE WAR, FROM PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS AND DIARIES, For My Children, A. Hollis, West Concord, N.H., January, 1884.” Also included are a hard copy and a PDF file of a transcribed (by the donor) version of “STORIES OF THE WAR” with photographs; photocopies of official “carded medical records” for Hollis (1863-1864); copies of photographs of Hollis in uniform during the Civil War taken while stationed in New Berne (now New Bern), North Carolina, in his Union uniform with captain bars, in 1908-1910; and copies of photographs of Hollis’s wife Harriette, his U.S. cartridge case, and his belt buckle used during the Civil War.

A. C. Monk & Company/A. D. Monk Family Collection #1285

Material detailing the history of the A. C. Monk Tobacco Co., and the Monk family of Pitt County, North Carolina. Approximately 30 linear feet.

Lindsay Stuart Savage Collection #1286

This collection (ca. 1960s to ca. 1990s) consists of about ten cubic feet of photographs, slides, contact prints, proofs, and negatives of images made by Lindsay “Stuart” Savage while he was a photographer for the Daily Reflector newspaper in Greenville, North Carolina. After serving in many capacities, he retired from the Daily Reflector in 2009, fifty years from the day he was hired there as a news reporter. The donors are his children.

Moseley Map on the Move

Joyner Library’s Moseley Map is on the move! ( The map will be in an exhibit honoring the 1716 founding of the Brafferton Indian College at William and Mary. The Brafferton Indian College building is the only one of three remaining colonial buildings in existence at William and Mary.

Our map was selected because it is the only map that shows the Native American settlements in the area shortly after the college was founded. Other Native American artifacts will be on display with the map.

The exhibit will run September 9, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

The Muscarelle is located at 603 Jamestown Road on the campus of the College of William and Mary.

For more information view the links below:

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Award to New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Latino Oral History Initiative

Contributed by Jaycie Vos

In 1993, the Oral History Association established a series of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in oral history. The New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Latino Oral History Initiative has received the 2016  Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award for its work documenting stories about Latino migration, settlement, and integration to North Carolina and the American South. In early 2016, the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces team launched its fully bilingual digital archive and information system where users can browse the collection of interviews in both English and Spanish and further engage with the collection through interactive digital maps, lesson plans, and more. New Roots/Nuevas Raíces is a collaborative initiative between the Latino Migration Project, the Southern Oral History Program, and University Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill and is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Read more and learn about other Oral History Association award recipients here.

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Order your Archives Month Materials Today!!!

The SNCA Archives Month Committee has created promotional materials to celebrate North Carolina Archives Month!  Complete this survey by September 9, 2016 to receive free posters and bookmarks for your institution.


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Call for Submissions: Archives Month promotional materials

The SNCA Archives Month Committee invites SNCA members to submit images to be used in the creation of posters and bookmarks for this year's archives month observance, October 2016.  We are requesting images focused on this year's theme: "From Moonshine to Microbrews:  North Carolina's Brewing History."

Potential topics for images may include:
  • Breweries and the brewing process
  • Prohibition
  • Beer and wine festivals
  • People enjoying alcoholic beverages
  • Marketing materials/label design

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 2016 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 August 8th!

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Back Issues of the Winston-Salem Chronicle Now Available Online

Contributed by Karen Feeney

Front Page of First Edition September 5, 1974

Front Page of First Edition
September 5, 1974

The Forsyth County Public Library partnered with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (DigitalNC) to digitize the Winston-Salem Chronicle, a local African American newspaper. With permission from the Winston-Salem Chronicle, 15 microfilm reels were sent to DigitalNC for digitization this spring and are now available online. The digitized editions date from 1974 to 1996 (with the exception of 1988, due to an issue with the reel for that year). They will be sending a second group of reels (1997-2014) to be digitized this fall. The digital collection currently contains 1,168 issues that are conveniently organized by year and searchable in a calendar date format. The newspaper editions are also keyword searchable, which should prove useful for research, information, and entertainment needs. As the microfilm reels are returned from DigitalNC, these back issues will still be available on microfilm in the North Carolina Room of the Forsyth County Public Library, located at 201 N. Chestnut Street in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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New Processing Archivist in Special Collections at Appalachian State University

dustinwitsmanContributed by Greta Browning

Dustin Witsman is the new Processing Archivist in Special Collections at Appalachian State University in Boone.  He started on June 6, 2016.

Dustin grew up in the Wabash Valley and lived in and around the midwest until moving to Boone in late May 2016.  He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he studied English literature, philosophy, and psychology, graduating with a BA in English in 2007.  He earned his MLIS from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, in 2012 with a concentration in Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services.

Dustin has done processing work in a number of archives including: the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale; the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago; the Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago; Shorefront Legacy Center in Evanston, Illinois; the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University - Newark; and the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture at the University of Northern Iowa.

Dustin can be reached at or 828-262-4975.

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Better Living in North Carolina: Bringing Science and Technology to the People

Contributed by James Stewart

The North Carolina State University Libraries has been awarded a $94,794 grant for the second year of the two-year digitization project “Better Living in North Carolina: Bringing Science and Technology to the People,” a collaboration with North Carolina A&T State University’s library in Greensboro. The project digitizes and provides online access to an important body of primary agricultural extension documents and media that reach back to the early 1900s. Ranging from reports and correspondence to photographs and scrapbooks, this wealth of source material reveals the scientific and technological transformation of North Carolina’s agricultural economy during the twentieth century and how this transformation improved the lives of its citizens. Students, faculty, researchers, businesses, and the general public will now have access to these digitized resources.

NCSU Libraries’ Digital Program Librarian for Special Collections Brian Dietz and University Archivist Todd Kosmerick are the principal investigators for the “Better Living in North Carolina” project. James Stewart serves as Digital Project Librarian.

This 2016-2017 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Project Access and Digitization Grant award follows last year’s $98,997 award. The grant is 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 (part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources).

During the first year of the “Better Living in North Carolina” project, the NCSU Libraries digitized over 350,000 pages of Cooperative Extension annual reports from 1909 to 1983. NCA&T’s Bluford Library scanned roughly 3,500 pages of correspondence, pamphlets, scrapbooks, and photographs from collections of two prominent African American extension agents. This content will become accessible online gradually, beginning this summer. In the second year of the collaborative project, approximately 375,000 pages will be digitized from microfilm, in addition to some 24,000 pages from printed reports. The two libraries will also contact all agricultural extension offices in the state to make them aware of the project and the digital availability of these resources.

Overall, the project documents the development of modern agricultural practices in North Carolina and their economic impact across the state. Driven in part by work done at N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University over the course of the twentieth century, farming in North Carolina moved from subsistence levels to the production of global commodities. As this shift occurred, Cooperative Extension programs--based at N.C. State and N.C. A&T--helped North Carolina farmers and agricultural businesses learn and apply new research in the agricultural and life sciences. Specific programs have included 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences (originally called Home Demonstration and Home Economics), various farm animal programs (such as poultry extension, swine extension, etc.), boll weevil eradication, soil conservation, rural electrification, plant disease clinics, rural development, and food and nutrition education. During the world wars, there was an emphasis on food production and preservation.

The LSTA grant program funds projects that help libraries deliver lifelong learning opportunities, support libraries in providing cost-effective access to the Internet and to information expertise, and make library resources more accessible to all users.

NCSU Libraries has received multiple LSTA digitization project grants--“Cultivating a Revolution: Science, Technology, and Change in North Carolina Agriculture, 1950-1979” digitized 41,299 pages of archival documents, 2,741 photographs, and 161 videos and films, and “Green ‘N' Growing” documents the history of 4-H and home demonstration in North Carolina from the 1900s to the 1970s.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

For a listing of all 2016-2017 LSTA grant awards, visit

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Mercy Heritage Center to host SAA workshop

Contributed by Emily Reed

Mercy Heritage Center, located in Belmont, N.C., is hosting an SAA workshop titled: Fundamentals of Project Management for Archivists #1719 on Monday, September 26, 2016. This workshop is also a part of the SAA Arrangement & Description (A&D) Certificate Program.

Workshop Description

Archivists and information specialists are involved in a variety of projects every day, from small projects like developing a new procedures manual to large projects like digitizing a collection. But project management methodologies are not normally included in formal education or many archival education programs.  This workshop will help individuals acquire the basic knowledge and tools necessary for managing successful projects.

After completing this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the project life cycle from initiation to completion;
  • Utilize effective project management tools and techniques;
  • Evaluate project outcomes and disseminate project information; and
  • Demonstrate how positive personnel management adds to a successful project.

Who should attend?

This is an introductory workshop that can also be taken as a refresher course on project management. Project team members who want to become more active in – and achieve a better understanding of the workings of – their own projects are also welcome.

For more details and registration information visit

For questions, contact Kathryn Oosterhuis, Director/Archivist at Mercy Heritage Center.

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Mini-zine about doing archival research

Kelly Wooten of the David M. Rubinstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University created a mini-zine entitled "How to be a Super Researcher (Or at least fake it)."  It has tips on everything from planning your travel to an archive to taking good notes to practicing self-care while you’re there.  The posting includes a video showing researchers how to print, fold, and cut their own mini-zine for easy transport.

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