Institute of Outdoor Theatre Archives to be processed at ECU

Contributed by: Dale Saulter

The Special Collections Division at Joyner Library was the recipient of a 2014 National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant from the National Archives and Records Administration. This one-year grant will enable the archives from the Institute of Outdoor Theatre (recently renamed from Institute of Outdoor Drama) to be arranged, described, and made available for research. While being processed, the collection will not be available to researchers.

Processing of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre Archives is currently underway. This large collection contains over 150 boxes, or nearly 250 linear feet. It includes play scripts, correspondence, clippings, publicity material, video and audio recordings, feasibility studies, publications, reel-to-reel tapes, 35 mm slides, blueprints, and audition-related materials for more than 600 outdoor theatres. As processing continues, updates about the progress and what is being found will be shared through the processing blog, at

For more information about the project, please contact Dale Sauter, principal investigator and interim head of service, at 252.328.0275 or, or Ashley Williams, project librarian, at 252.328.0276or

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Grant to UNC Library Will Expand Digitization of Historic Materials Across North Carolina

Contributed by: Nick Graham

More North Carolina libraries, museums, and archives will soon be sharing their treasures online, thanks to a $75,000 grant to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, based in UNC’s Wilson Library.

The grant from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation brings the Center into the DPLA’s Digital Hubs Pilot Project. As a digital hub, the Center will collaborate with cultural heritage institutions across the state to digitize materials from their collections, publish them online, and ensure that they become part of the DPLA.

The Center has been performing these functions as a service hub for the DPLA since October 2013. In that time, it has helped to bring a quarter-million scans and images from more than 160 North Carolina institutions into the DPLA.

“This grant is a wonderful vote of confidence in the high-quality work of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center,” said UNC University Librarian Sarah Michalak.

Nick Graham, the Center’s program coordinator, said he routinely hears from university and public libraries, community colleges, and museums in North Carolina who would like to share their collections online.


Tying a “Hand” of Tobacco. Undated image from the Haywood County Public Library.

Because archival-quality digitization is so costly, most of these items would never be seen beyond the local community if it were not for the partnership between participating institutions and the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. This grant, combined with ongoing support from the State Library of North Carolina, enables the Center to provide these services at no charge to the contributing libraries.

“These are richly informative and frequently unique collections that shed light on North Carolina history and culture,” said Graham. “Adding them to the DPLA, alongside records from the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, and the Getty Institution amplifies their reach and value.”

Graham said the new grant will enable the Center to hire temporary staff, increase the volume of work it can take on, and build new partnerships. Among the projects in the pipeline thanks to the new grant are:

  • historic high school yearbooks from Caldwell, Johnston, and Richmond counties;
  • scrapbooks and photographs from the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum in Wilson, which documents the culture and contributions of the local African American community; student newspapers from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs; and
  • mid-twentieth-century photographs that show farming practices in Rocky Mount.

North Carolina heritage materials may be viewed on the Center’s website at or via the DPLA at


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Our State Magazine Goes Digital in December

Contributed by: Dale Saulter, news release from NC Department of Cultural Resources


Since 1933, Our State magazine has celebrated the people and places of North Carolina, and issues published from 1933 to 2011 are now available online in the North Carolina Digital Collections. With funding from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the State Library of North Carolina, in collaboration with Our State magazine, N.C. Digital Heritage Center, East Carolina University’s Joyner Library and Caswell County Public Library, make free access to the publication available at

In recognition of the benefits of the magazine, Gov. Pat McCrory has issued a proclamation declaring December 2014 to be “Our State Month.” It reads in part,

WHEREAS, from the outset, the magazine has heralded “What’s Right about North Carolina,” eschewing the negative and setting a positive tone, and its pages over the years amount to a chronicle of our changing state;”

“For many years, we have had hundreds of readers ask for information from our 82 years of magazine history. Now, we have a way to share this with everyone. We are so grateful for this addition to the cultural history of our great state,” said Our State publisher Bernie Mann. Mann has owned the magazine for almost twenty years.

Our State magazine has chronicled North Carolina’s history and culture for decades,” observed N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Sec. Susan Kluttz. “It is a state treasure because it allows citizens to learn about the wonderful culture and experiences available in our state. We’re delighted to again partner with Our State and their wonderful staff on this worthwhile project.”

“This is a tremendous resource for researchers looking for information about what topics were of interest or concern to North Carolinians over the decades,” said State Librarian Cal Shepard. “But, this is also a collection that is a lot of fun. Take a look at the old advertisements, find an old recipe and try it out, or look up something published from the week or month you were born. North Carolinians have enjoyed Our State for decades, and we want you to enjoy this collection as well.”

Issues may be browsed a page at a time, or in two page spreads using the page flip view. Articles and advertisements are full text searchable. The articles and images are still under copyright, so while an issue cannot be downloaded in its entirety, it can be read online cover to cover through the digital collection.

Carl Goersch began the publication in 1933 as The State. Its publisher changed several times over the decades, but its focus on highlighting the unique culture of North Carolina continued. The magazine’s name changed in 1996 under Bernie Mann of Mann Media, who remains its publisher today.

The Our State Digital Collection is one of the collections available through the North Carolina Digital Collections available online at The North Carolina Digital Collections are a joint project of the State Library of North Carolina and the State Archives of North Carolina, both divisions of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

For over 80 years, Our State magazine has been North Carolina’s premier travel, food, and culture publication, celebrating the best of life in the state. Published by Mann Media, Inc., the award-winning magazine reaches more than 890,000 readers each month, with subscribers in every state and nearly 30 foreign countries. Learn more at

For additional information, please call (919) 807-7454. The State Library is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

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Historic North Carolina Newspapers Now Available on Chronicling America

Contributed by: Barbara Ilie

North Carolina Historic Newspapers has completed digitization of over 100,000 pages of historic North Carolina newspapers from 20 newspaper titles during the first phase of its project. These pages are freely available and keyword searchable on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America newspaper website (, which is 8.5 million pages and growing.

The titles cover the Mountain, Piedmont and Coastal regions of North Carolina and span the years 1836 – 1922.

The project has been granted an award for a second phase in which it will digitize an additional 100,000 historic North Carolina newspaper pages to be included on the site.

North Carolina Historic Newspapers is a partnership between the UNC-University Library, the State Archives of North Carolina, the Library of Congress, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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Call for Panel, Lightning Round, and Poster Session Proposal Submissions

The 2015 Program Committee invites submissions for poster proposals,  panel session proposals, lightning round proposals, and graduate student lightning round proposals for the 2015 SNCA annual conference at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, NC, on March 12 and 13, 2015.

Poster Proposal Submission Form (Please submit by January 16, 2015)

Session Proposal Submission Form (Please submit by January 16, 2015)

“Session proposals” include an individual speaker proposal interested in joining a panel, a full panel proposal, and lightning round proposals for graduate students and professionals. Each speaker will need to provide a 100 word abstract of their proposed topic. Panel sessions consist of 3-4 speakers talking for approximately 15-20 minutes on a topic. Lightning rounds include more speakers with less time for each individual, approximately 5-10 minutes to present on a topic. **Please note that one lightning round session will be dedicated to graduate students.

This year’s theme is “Removing Barriers: Outreach & Diversity in Action.” Proposals that incorporate any of the following are encouraged:

-Projects that demonstrate diversity in collection management and/or acquisitions, particularly in documenting under-represented groups
-Studies concerning the degree to which the archivist can shape a more diverse historical record
-Arrangement and description techniques that enable wider access for researchers with varied learning needs and from different backgrounds, or that utilize non-traditional staffing models
-Methods to improve access for researchers of varied ages and backgrounds
-Innovative outreach programs, particularly those designed to engage with diverse communities
-Other projects and studies which fit into the broad theme of outreach and diversity, including diversity in ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, culture, geography, disability, religion, political affiliation, or interests


Proposals must be submitted no later than FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015

See Conference Page for location and hotel details and Session Page.


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Southeastern Community College Williamson Library Archives presented “NC at Play: Health and Leisure in Our State”, the event theme for 2014, focusing on Columbus County.

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Contributed by: Shirley Lewis

Our event was held in the Williamson Library, Tues., Oct 21 at 10 am.007 (1)

The speakers were Maleah Collier,  Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent, who discussed  ”Rethink your drink- making smart drink choices for healthier weight” and  ”Cooking with Herbs- The healthy way to flavor food” and Jennifer Holcomb, President of the Columbus County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, provided information on kayaking and canoeing.  Students from SCC’s Cosmetology program offered free hand/arm massages.

A pictoral display of SCC’s history from 1964 thru present day health and leisure activities was viewable celebrating SCC’s 50th Anniversary.  Books displayed were available for checkout on these topics.

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Healthy snacks and drinks were served.  There were giveaways and a drawing for two gift certificates to the SCC Orcutt Bookstore.

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Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen Tasting Event

Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen Tasting Event


Over the past two months, Rubenstein Library staff members have been testing and blogging about recipes from our collections.

For this event, we’re inviting the Duke and Durham community to visit the library and sample these retro recipe treasures!

Where: Perkins Library Room 217

When: Wednesday, December 3rd, 3:00-4:30

More information: Here and here.

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SNCA Spring Conference Dates and Theme!

Mark your calendars for the 2015 SNCA Spring Conference in Greenville, North Carolina on March 12-13th!

The one and a half day SNCA Spring Conference ”Removing Barriers: Outreach & Diversity in Action” will take place at the East Carolina Heart Institute. There will be a full day of programming Thursday, March 12 followed by desserts and drinks in the evening at the Greenville Museum of Art. Friday, March 13th will inlcude a half day of conference programming.

East Carolina University’s Joyner Library Special Collections will offer optional complimentary tours of their department on Wednesday, March 11th and Friday, March 13th in the afternoon.

Workshops are being planned for Wednesday, March 11th, so stay tuned for updates.

Room Blocks are available:

Holiday Inn Express, Greenville, NC ($99 + tax) cut-off date 2/25/2015

  • Book online using this quick link:
  • Book by calling (252) 754-8300 and request Society of North Carolina Archivists

Hilton, Greenville, NC ($119 + tax) cut-off date 2/11/2015




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Little River School online exhibit from Durham County Libraries

8th grade of Little River School in 1952

8th grade of Little River School in 1952

A new digital exhibit is now available from the North Carolina Collection at Durham County Library about the Little River School, a former African American school serving the rural population of northern Durham county.  The exhibit includes digitized materials such as the school newspaper, commencement programs, annual principal reports, and photographs.

Little River School opened in the middle of the 1935-1936 school year and served elementary through high school aged students.  The school was an important part of the African American community in northern Durham County and provided not only a place to gather, but adult education classes as well in the 1930s-1950s.  Following desegregation in the 1960s, the school became an elementary school and high school students went to Northern High.

Since 1993, the Little River Community Complex has provided educational and recreation services to families in the area. Among the current projects and programs is a history room, which brings together news clippings, images, and issues of the school newspaper to showcase the history of Little River. Developed by Rosa Johnson, the history room provides a window into a school with an important story to tell about progressive leadership and education for rural African Americans in the Jim Crow South. This web resource builds on the work of Johnson, bringing the history room online.  To view online, visit here.

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Gene J. Williams Award submissions

submitted by: Amy McDonald

The Education Committee of the Society of North Carolina Archivists is now accepting submissions for the Gene J. Williams Award.

SNCA annually recognizes a paper on an archival topic written for a graduate-level course by a North Carolina student. The award honors the late Gene J. Williams, archivist at the North Carolina Division of Archives and History and at East Carolina University, and charter member of the Society of North Carolina Archivists.

The recipient of the Gene J. Williams Award receives:

  • a prize of $100
  • free conference attendance
  • a one-year membership in the Society of North Carolina Archivists
  • publication of their award-winning paper in SNCA’s peer-reviewed journal

Submissions must be received by Friday, December 12th. Email your paper to the SNCA Education Chair ( with “Williams Award” in the subject line. Please include the entry form—which must be signed by your instructor—with your paper submission; the form may be downloaded from the website noted below.

The award recipient will be selected by January 31st, 2015. The award will be presented at the Spring 2015 SNCA conference.

For more information, including a list of past award recipients, visit

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