House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site initiates archival program

Travis at work

Travis at work

The House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site is hosting Travis Souther as an intern this summer to initiate an archival and digitization program at the site.  The 18th century home was the scene of a heated skirmish during the Revolutionary War and still bears some of the original bullet holes.  The majority of Souther’s work has centered on digitization and metadata creation, including creating a content management system (which can be viewed here) and updating the site’s Historypin account (which can be viewed here ).  The project is still far from complete but great strides have been made in making the site’s more than 2000 photographs and newspaper clippings available through electronic means.


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Stephanie Bennett from Wake Forest University to attend an Image Permanence Institute workshop

Contributed by Stephanie Bennett

Wake Forest University Special Collections and Archives would like to announce that Collections Archivist Stephanie Bennett has been selected to attend an Image Permanence Institute (IPI) workshop, Preservation of Digitally Printed Materials in Libraries, Archives and Museums. Bennett was one of 15 participants selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants. The workshop, for which tuition of waived due to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be held October 20-22, 2015, at IPI’s facilities at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. IPI is a nonprofit, university-based laboratory and recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property.

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New exhibits at Joyner Library at East Carolina University

Contributed by Dale Sauter

NC Missionary Exhibit
“Sent Out to Serve: North Carolina Women Missionaries, 1872-1992″ will be on display March through December 2015. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Laureen Tedesco, Department of English, and Melanie Koerber, English Education Program, along with the staff of the Special Collections department.

Eudora Welty Exhibit
“The Continuous Thread of Revelation” – Eudora Welty’s Photography in the Stuart Wright Collection. The exhibit includes a rare collection of twenty photographic prints taken by Welty. In addition, there are four original photographs taken and developed by Welty in her kitchen.

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Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives exhibit opening in October

Submitted by Ashley Yandle

Dr. Chase Ambler, nature enthusiast, stands on a cliff in 1910; from the Appalachian National Park Association, General Records, Western Regional Archives. This item is among many that will be included in “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives.

Dr. Chase Ambler, nature enthusiast, stands on a cliff in 1910; from the Appalachian National Park Association, General Records, Western Regional Archives. This item is among many that will be included in “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives.

The Friends of the Archives is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit on the documents, history, and purpose of the State Archives of North Carolina. Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives will be open at the North Carolina Museum of History October 24, 2015 – June 19, 2016. Through a selection of documents from the Archives vault, unique letters, historical photographs, county and state agency records, posters, and digital media, the exhibit will illustrate the ways the State Archives documents state and county government, provides evidence of civil rights, and preserves the history and culture of North Carolina.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Archives, the exhibit will highlight rarely displayed archival materials, such as the 1663 Carolina Charter, North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights, and a map dating from 1584, the oldest in the Archives’ collection. It will include fascinating glimpses into the lives of famous and not-so-famous North Carolinians through the documents they left behind, such as: a hand-drawn map from the Tom Dula murder trial; the 1665 will of Mary Fortsen, the oldest will known to exist in North Carolina; a rare 1903 African American publication created in response to changes in voter registration laws; the naturalization petition for Chang and Eng Bunker; and World War I photographs from North Carolina soldiers and sailors. The exhibit will also touch on current initiatives to capture and preserve online resources such as social media, GIS data, email, and government websites. In addition to materials from the collection in Raleigh, the exhibit will include items from the Archives’ regional repositories, the Outer Banks History Center (Manteo) and Western Regional Archives (Asheville).

While some materials will be available throughout the duration of the exhibit, some of the rarest items will only be on display for a short time. These materials include:

  • October 24 – October 27: North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights;
  • October 28 – February 7: 11th Amendment and James Iredell’s diary;
  • February 8 – February 14: 1663 Carolina Charter;
  • February 15 – June 14: Signature documents including items signed by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Buckminster Fuller, among others.
  • June 15 – June 19: North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights.

If you would like to support this event through a one-time donation, please visit the Friends exhibit web page for more information. Funding supplied by donors will be used for document conservation and framing, exhibit preparation, and informational materials.

About the Friends of the Archives

The Friends of the Archives is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization formed in 1977 whose mission is to support, promote, and strengthen the collections, services, and programs of the State Archives of North Carolina. The mission of the State Archives is to collect, preserve, and provide access to North Carolina’s documentary history and culture. Learn more at

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Kim Andersen now the Communications Coordinator for SAA’s Visual Materials Section

The Society of American Archivists Visual Materials Section is pleased to announce that Kim Andersen will serve as the Communications Coordinator for the Visual Materials Section. This volunteer position manages communications activities for the Section in order to deliver consistent announcements and news through a variety of media including:

  • Views: The Newsletter of the Visual Materials Section
  • website
  • Social media, including the Visual Materials Section Facebook page and Twitter account
  • VISUALMAT and VMS listservs

Kim is a North Carolina native with academic degrees from North Carolina State University. In 1988, she began her archival career at the North Carolina State Archives during her graduate work in public history. Kim continued to work at the State Archives until 2001, when she started a five-year long position at the State Library of North Carolina on NC ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online <>), a project funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which enables users to search across thousands of digitized and born-digital historic material. In 2005, Kim returned to the State Archives, where she manages more than two million photographic images in the Audio Visual Materials Unit of the Special Collections Section, as well as motion picture films and audio recordings. Throughout her archival career, Kim has been involved with the Visual Materials Section of the Society of American Archivists, and currently serves as a member-at-large with her term ending in 2015.

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Mercy Heritage Center launches first digital exhibit on Civil War

Submitted by Emily Reed

Although 150 years have passed, the Civil War remains etched in American memory. The service of Catholic sisters, however, remains a rarely told story. The sisters were small in number, but the impact of their work loomed large in the landscape of the war. During the darkest hours of suffering, the sisters’ compassion was a beacon of hope for the wounded and dying. The service of Catholic sisters was, and remains, a vital part of the American story.

This digital exhibit replicates and expands on the Civil War Sisters: Healing the Wounds of the Nation physical exhibit, located at the Mercy Heritage Center in Belmont, N.C. The Mercy Heritage Center is the National Repository for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The exhibit features historic information about the service of the Sisters of Mercy during the Civil War and the landscape of the United States in the 1860s. It also includes digitized textual and photographic artifacts from the Mercy Heritage Center.”

Visit the exhibit here: Civil War Sisters


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Regional Archival Associations Consortium

Contributed by Daniel Alonzo

Did you know that there are over 50 regional archives groups (Regionals) in the United States? Some, such as the Midwest Archives Conference, represent multiple states over a large geographic area, while others are more narrow in geographic scope, such as the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc., which represents a single city.

Many of these Regionals overlap geographically. For example, if you work in Cleveland you could belong to up to three Regionals.

By virtue of membership overlap, there probably is coordination between groups that share a geographic area. Can the same be said for Regionals of similar size or type across the country?

The Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) fosters communication and collaboration among all Regionals. In 2013, RAAC was formed by inviting each Regional to join, with one representative per association. Representatives from each type of Regional–local, state and multi-state–serve together on one of six subcommittees and have been working  together on a few stated goals.

Making Progress

The Grant Development Subcommittee has compiled grant opportunities by region for a new online resource.

The Education Subcommittee has created a Governance Document Repository compiled from the working documents of Regionals. The Repository provides examples of governing documents such as mission statements, constitutions & bylaws, and guidelines for  advocacy & outreach, event planning, and newsletters & journals.

The Disaster Planning & Recovery Subcommittee has created an online resource that provides information on regional, national, and international disaster planning and recovery resources.

The Directory Subcommittee created a comprehensive list of archives groups in the United States and Canada. The directory makes it easy to see the breadth and scope of the Regional community. The directory includes contact information and a brief snapshot of each Regional’s activities.

The Public Awareness Subcommittee maintains a Facebook page to profile a Regional’s event each month. Beyond simply promoting these events, we hope that archivists will use the page as a catalog of events and programs to borrow from. Public Awareness also facilitates information sharing among Regionals and publicizes the work of the Committee.

With the help of SAA’s Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, the RAAC Advocacy Subcommittee is currently investigating how to best establish formal communication lines through which regionals can report local advocacy issues to SAA and ask for advocacy assistance.

In addition to the work of the subcommittees, co-chair Amanda Focke represents RAAC in the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums. RAAC joins other archival organizations such as SAA and CoSA to represent the archival field on the Coalition, whose purpose is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable Continuing Education and Professional Development (CE/PD) programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities.

Future Steps

RAAC seeks to ease the burden of new leadership by providing practical guidance. For the coming year we will focus on education, outreach, grants, disaster planning, and advocacy.

For more information or if you’d like make a suggestion please visit us at,

Please consider attending our meeting at SAA on Wednesday, August 19. Time: TBD.

Daniel Alonzo represents the Archivists of Central Texas in the Regional Archival Associations Consortium and is Chair of the RAAC Public Awareness Subcommittee.

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New military archivist at the State Archives of NC

Contributed by Matthew Peek.

Matthew Peek, the new Military Collections Archivist at the State Archives, is getting the word out about the military archives at the State Archives and is asking the fellow archivists around the state to help spread the word about what is available in them to patrons.  To learn more about the collections, view a brochure about them here.

Matthew M. Peek began in November 2014 as the new Military Collections Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina. Peek is a native of northeast Ohio. He holds a B.A. in History, and Archaeological Studies and Near Eastern Studies minors from Kentucky Christian University; a M.A. in Public History (archival studies emphasis) from Wright State University (Dayton, OH); and is finishing his MLIS Digital Archival Preservation from Kent State University.

Formerly the first corporate archivist for Airstream, Inc., in Ohio, Peek has worked and volunteered for the Ohio Historical Society, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Greene County (OH) Records Center and Archives in Xenia (OH), Wright State University Special Collections and Archives in Dayton (OH), North Canton Heritage Center in North Canton (OH), and the U.S. Ombudsman Association. Peek comes to the State Archives from the Montana Historical Society, where he worked on CLIR Hidden Collections grant to process the U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film Collections.

Peek is a Certified Archivist (CA) through the Academy of Certified Archivists, and a member of the Northwest Archivists and Society of North Carolina Archivists. He is a self- published historian. He has also researched and written various locally-published histories for several historical societies. Peek has conducted interviews—both formal and informal—with military veterans in Ohio, and has experience researching and writing on the Civil War and WWII.

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Speakers, Schedule & Conference Information

We are very excited about the SNCA 2015 Annual Conference in Greenville, NC this week!


We are delighted to have Wesley Hogan, director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, as the opening plenary speaker on Thursday morning. Her talk is titled “Framing Stories from the Inside-Out: Piloting a Fresh Approach to Collaborating with Groups on the Margin.”

Friday morning’s keynote speaker, Bryan Giemza, is director of the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Titled “Looking Good, On and Off Paper: Generosity, The Southern Historical Collection, and Our Moment” we are looking forward to hearing about ”how the SHC is responding to a changing research landscape and articulating an emerging model for community-driven and -curated projects.”

Conference Schedule & Directions

You can view the SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule and also view the poster session descriptions. For directions to the ECHI, please take a look at the ECHI website. There will be signs on where to park when you arrive. ECHI Event Parking.

Workshop and Tour Information

Workshop and optional ECU Joyner Library tour participants will need a hangtag for their cars to park in the M lots behind Joyner Library and the Mendenhall Student Center (see map below). For those attending the Wednesday workshop and/or tours, 15 minutes prior to your event someone will be standing at the Joyner Library’s book drop at the top of Wendell Smiley Way to hand out the hangtags. You’ll then proceed a little further along that same road to the parking lot.

If you have any delays on Wednesday, we’ll continue to give out parking hangtags at the welcome table in Joyner Library after the workshop and/or tour begins.

If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express and would prefer a different option, there is a complimentary shuttle to the ECU campus available.

Those attending the Friday afternoon tours can pick up their parking passes at the registration desk during the SNCA conference.

ECU Parking Map


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THATCamp Community Archives at UNC March 21

THATCamp Community Archives is being held on March 21, 2015 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC-Chapel Hill.  It is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate.  THATCamp Community Archives will create a space for sharing tips, techniques and tools for using technology when working with cultural heritage material. In small-group, hands-on sessions, THATCamp Community Archives will highlight low/no cost, easy-to-use solutions for institutions of all sizes and users of all kinds.  The deadline to register is Friday, March 6.

To learn more, view the flyer and visit

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