May 17, 2013
Story submitted by: Kristen Merryman
The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at North Carolina State University Libraries is finalizing a two year LSTA funded digitization project, “Cultivating a Revolution: Science, Technology, and Change in North Carolina Agriculture, 1950-1979.” The project materials document the development of modern agricultural practices at NCSU and their use in agriculture in North Carolina. Over the past two years NCSU Libraries has digitized over 40,000 pages from thirteen different archival collections held by the SCRC. Documentation on research and development done on tobacco harvesting and curing, pesticide development, plant disease prevention, genetic modification of crops, and animal breeding are included in the materials digitized. Some of the NCSU faculty highlighted in the project includes Dr. William Johnson, Dr. William Splinter, Dr. Charles Suggs, and David S. Weaver, all from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In addition to the text and photograph materials, 161 16mm films are now available online from the University Archives Film Collection and the NCSU Department of Biological and Agricultural Records. Particular films of interest include an interview with the developers of and the farmers who used the newly developed bulk curing barns in the mid-1960s, a visit to the NCSU Dairy Farm in the 1950s, and test runs of sweet potato and cucumber harvesters at NCSU’s research stations.
Check out the project’s website at http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/specialcollections/projects/cultivating-a-revolution.html for more information on the project and links to the digitized materials.
Or visit the NCSU Special Collections Rare and Unique Materials website directly to check out what has been digitized at http://go.ncsu.edu/cultivatingarevolution.