WRA Celebrates Five Years!

Contributed by Sarah Downing

When Heather South arrived at the Western Regional Archives (WRA) five years ago, she was quickly immersed in the history and culture of the North Carolina mountains and quick to welcome the many researchers who came seeking information.

The WRA opened its doors in 2012.  During that time, they have assisted more than 11,000 researchers from 34 states and 20 countries, added new collections, and put to good use more than 8,200 hours of volunteer time. Research traffic and donations were so overwhelming that an additional archivist, Sarah Downing, was brought on board only 30 months later.

South and Downing, along with the Special Collections Supervisor of the State Archives of North Carolina, Donna Kelly, hosted a small reception on Friday, August 11, and welcomed patrons, volunteers, friends, history buffs to mark the five-year milestone. Although the weather was on the damp and dreary side, it was all sunshine and smiles at the WRA. Fifty people attended the memorable occasion.

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Project Ceres grant to NCSU

Contributed by Todd Kosmerick

The NCSU Libraries has received a Project Ceres grant to continue its longstanding efforts to digitize historical publications of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

This specific project will help make some of the Libraries’ print collections more discoverable and accessible on its Rare and Unique Digital Collections website. Targeted publications date from 1922 to 1988 and include 4-H, home economics, and general agriculture titles. A representative few of the many titles that will be digitized include:

  • Cracked Eggs Leak Profit
  • Some Do's and Don'ts in Marketing Fruits and Vegetables
  • State 4-H Health Pageant: Mission: Unhealthy, The Fink Food Fracas
  • Making Muscadine and Other Wines at Home
  • Honey Bees in North Carolina

More information is on the NCSU Libraries' website.

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Lost Colony silent movie

Dr. Larry Tise, the Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University (ECU), and a historian at Roanoke Island Historical Association have confirmed that the film found recently at Roanoke Island is a true copy of the 46-minute silent movie, made in 1921, on the 1580s exploration of the Outer Banks.  It was the first motion picture produced by a woman (Elizabeth Grimball).

The movie is part of the Digital Collections at ECU and can be viewed at https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/51195.

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New supervisor of the Outer Banks History Center

Contributed by Donna Kelly

The Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina is pleased to announce that Samantha Crisp will begin work as the new supervisor of the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo on August 1. She comes back to North Carolina (a native of Brevard) after serving as the Special Collections Librarian for the Thomas Tredway Library at Augustana College, a small liberal arts college in Rock Island, Illinois. Previously, she served as a research assistant for the Research and Instructional Services Department of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC-Chapel Hill and as a processing intern for the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University and the North Carolina State University Special Collections Research Center. She received her M.S.L.S. with a concentration in archives and records management from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014.

Crisp has presented widely on reference, access, and outreach for archives and special collections, particularly related to teaching with primary sources. She is currently wrapping up a two-year term on the SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on Primary Source Literacy, for which she contributed to the development of guidelines that will provide competency standards for primary source literacy. Additionally, she has led workshops on crafting active learning exercises with primary sources, designed methods and tools to assess student learning and engagement in special collections instruction, and developed collaborations with subject librarians incorporating primary sources and traditional information literacy instruction.

In her capacity as special collections librarian for Augustana College, she worked tirelessly to improve the public face of Special Collections, organizing pop-up exhibits, special collections “petting zoos,” transcribe-a-thons, community outreach events, and other public programming to generate interest in primary source research, as well as instituting standardized processing procedures, launching a digitization program, and developing social media initiatives for her department. Her research interests include primary source literacy, assessment of public services, and diversity and inclusion initiatives for archives and special collections.

We look forward to having her as part of the Special Collections team as head of the Outer Banks History Center.

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Additions to the East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

National Maritime Alliance Records #1294

This collection contains materials (1987-2002) related to the National Maritime Alliance from its beginning as a proposal in 1987 and its formal founding in 1988.  Included are correspondence, by-laws, minutes, grant applications, trust proposal, incorporation documents, conference materials, and reports.  The Alliance represents a diverse group of museums, historic preservation groups, businesses and individuals all devoted to preserving our maritime heritage. Dr. Runyan has been on the Board of Directors for a number of years.

Edward Withers Harvey, Sr. and Jr. Collection #1290

This collection contains five photographs. The oldest photograph shows the J. R. and J. G. Moye Store on Evans St. in Greenville in the 1910s. Three of the photographs document Amoco Dealers conventions in Washington, D.C., in 1938 (a panoramic shot), Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1939, and Myrtle Beach in 1940.  Edward W. Harvey, Sr., owned the Amoco distributorship in Greenville, N.C., and his son E. W. Harvey, Jr., joined him in the business in the 1930s.  A more recent photograph from the late 1980s or early 1990s is of the Pitt County, N.C., Sheriff’s Department and includes coroner E. W. Harvey, Jr.  The donor is the daughter of E. W. Harvey, Jr.

James Long Newsom, Sr., Papers #1295

This collection contains material documenting the life of James Long Newsom, Sr., (1914-2007) of Durham, North Carolina.  A graduate of Duke University and Duke University Law School and attended Syracuse University Law School, he began practicing law in Durham in 1938. Correspondence (1931-1940) documents his post-high school education and courtship of his future wife Frances Martin whom he met at Syracuse.  As a member of the United States Naval Reserve, he fought in the South Pacific for the years 1942-1945 during World War II; this experience is covered with extensive correspondence, photographs, souvenirs, programs, and military newspapers. After the war, he returned to his law practice and continued his Naval Reserve career. Also included are diplomas, certificates, family-related photographs (dating to the 1910s), clippings, and genealogical information.

Dennis and Terrence Miller Papers #1296

This collection contains letters (1964-1967) written by brothers Terrence and Dennis Miller of St. Louis, Missouri, who joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Letters written by Dennis Miller during 1967 document his time serving in Vietnam as part of 3rd BN, 60th Ord Co. Also included are letters written by fellow soldiers and friends (through 1971), service records, negatives, military payment certificates, and Vietnamese money.

Photograph Album of Seventh Day Adventist Missions in South Pacific #1297

Photograph album (1932) documents stops in Caribbean, Panama Canal, and many Southern Pacific locations such as Pago Pago, Moorea, Tahiti, Fiji, Aruba, Australia, New Zealand, and Bali. Photographs depict housing, local life and customs, cremation ceremonies, animals, and Seventh Day Adventist Missions.

North America Sheet XI Parts of North and South Carolina Map, 1833  #MC0056

This hand-colored detailed North America Sheet XI Parts of North and South Carolina Map was made by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. It was published in 1833 by Baldwin & Cradock of London and printed by J. & C. Walker.

Humber Family Papers

Papers (ca. 1888-1970) of the Humber family of Greenville, N.C., including correspondence, financial records, diaries, speeches, literary manuscripts, photographs, subject files, and printed material. Of the ca. 185 cubic feet, most of the papers are those of Robert Lee Humber Jr., and pertain to his family, his education, and his varied pursuits related to the arts, world federation, public affairs, and education. Also included are papers of the Davis family of Carteret County, N.C., and of Lucie Berthier (Mrs. Robert Lee Humber, Jr.) and her family.

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New Elon Collections Archivist

Contributed by Lynne Bisko

Libby Coyner joined the Carol Grotnes Belk Library team at Elon University as the Elon Collections Archivist. In this position she will be instrumental in the acquisition, processing, reference, outreach, and promotion of archival collections chiefly relating to university history and will provide leadership in the management of university records.

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Carolina Colas and Carbonated Treasures

Contributed by Dale Sauter

About the Exhibit

The Cola Wars started long before Lionel Ritchie or Michael Jackson ever cut a record. Beginning in the late 1880’s the success of Coca-Cola sparked a legion of imitators. Here in the Carolinas, Brad’s Drink was proved the most successful on both a local and national scale.

Originally the national brands were distributed as syrups for dispensing at an established soda fountain. However, as the idea of individual servings caught on, a franchise bottling system developed to distribute the national brands. The process encouraged the growth of local bottling companies all across the country. In the southeast such companies were particularly numerous.

During the mid-1930’s, the town of New Bern was home to four different bottling companies. At times, Greenville and Washington hosted as many as five separate bottling plants. It was not long before a host of local bottlers were trying their hands at crafting soft drink formulas. This exhibit represents some of the more successful regional enterprises as well as selection of exclusively local brands.

When and Where

Carolina Colas and Carbonated Treasures is on display from June through October 2017 in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection on the 3rd floor of J.Y. Joyner Library.

For additional information, please contact the North Carolina Collection at 252-328-6601 or email John Lawrence.

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Proposed Changes to SNCA Constitution and Bylaws

At the annual SNCA conference in March, the Executive Board proposed several changes and clarifications to the SNCA Constitution and Bylaws. All SNCA members with an active membership will be invited to vote on the proposed changes beginning on Monday, May 1st. An email will be sent to the listserv with instructions for voting.

View the Proposed Revisions

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2017 SNCA Executive Board Election Results

Congratulations to the new Executive Board:

President: Hannah Cox
Vice President: Kelly Wooten
Development Chair: Karen Feeney
Education Chair: Stephanie Bennett
E-Resources: Camille Tyndall Watson
Membership: Winnie Titchener
Secretary: Erin Allsop
Members at Large: Chrystal Carpenter, Bari Helms

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Meet the Candidates: 2017 SNCA Executive Board Elections

The elections for the 2017 Executive Board are coming up soon! More details about electronic voting will be sent via the listserv.

Until then, you can read up on our great slate of candidates.


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