Lecture at Laupus Library: 1918 Flu Epidemic

Contributed by Marlena Rose

On October 28 at 4:30PM, East Carolina University’s Laupus Library will host “Eastern North Carolina and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic,” a lecture given by Layne Carpenter, MA, Archivist at Laupus Library. This lecture is part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine Lecture Series and is hosted by the Medical History Interest Group.

Carpenter will speak about a time in history when the Great War came to an end in the fall of 1918, and a lethal disease spread across the globe. By the time the epidemic concluded in March 1919, more people died from the “Spanish” Influenza than died in the war, including an estimated 13,000 North Carolinians. This lecture will explore the deadly influenza virus strain and its rampage throughout the eastern counties of North Carolina. The impact on eastern North Carolina society, medical care, and public health will also be explored by examining primary sources from the period.

Layne Carpenter is the Archivist at Laupus Library. She completed her undergraduate degree in history at Westminster College and her MA in history and public history at UNC Charlotte. Layne has worked with special collections and museums for over nine years and has been with Laupus Library for two years. Making history accessible to the public has always been her passion, and she loves researching history, no matter the time period. After designing an exhibition about the Spanish Influenza last fall, this topic has become her latest area of study. A link to the online exhibit associated with her research can be found here.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will also feature a pop-up display.

For directions and parking information, visit:  https://hsl.ecu.edu/about/directions/

RSVP on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2667018776651592/

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Oral History Workshop from the State Archives of North Carolina

Contributed by Donna Kelly

The State Archives welcomes you to join us at one of our two upcoming workshops to learn about oral history and the oral history projects we are currently working on:

  • Saturday October 26 at the Outer Banks History Center – Manteo
  • Saturday November 2 at the Western Regional Archives – Asheville

Each workshop will offer 2 sessions:

  • Session A – a 2-hour session on general oral history best practices, meant for anyone who is thinking about starting their own oral history project. (10am-12pm)
  • Session B* – a 2 ½ hour session on how to be a volunteer interviewer for State Archives projects. (1:00pm-3:30pm)

*Please note, if you plan to attend Session B you must also attend Session A.

We are currently collecting interviews for two major projects:

  • “She Changed the World” – focused on interviewing notable women around the State
  • Military Collection interviews – designed to document and provide access to the memories and experiences of military servicemen and servicewomen from the state of North Carolina

Capacity is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis, so sign up today!

To sign up for one of the workshops, please fill out the online form here.

Or you may contact oral historian Ellen Brooks at ellen.brooks@ncdcr.gov or 919-814-6847.

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Twilight at the Country Doctor Museum

Contributed by Marlena Rose

On Saturday, October 19 from 6-8:30PM, the Country Doctor Museum will be hosting Twilight at the Museum. This event is family-friendly and features abbreviated tours, plague doctors roaming the grounds, fortune-telling, and more!

Admission will be $4/person.

See the Facebook event for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/433474783943750/

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A&Tiques Roadshow: Voices of Aggie Generations

Contributed by James Stewart

On October 24 & 25 at North Carolina A&T State University, the F. D. Bluford Library Archives and Special Collections and the Library Community Engagement Committee are putting on the 2nd annual "A&Tiques Roadshow," a show and tell of rare items reflecting the university's history. This year they will also be collecting oral histories from alumni, so the theme is "A&Tiques Roadshow: Voices of Aggie Generations."

Specific times of the events can be found on the library website: http://library.ncat.edu/roadshow

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Ready About!

Contributed by Kelly Spring

[This is the 6th in a series -- see also the 1st and 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th installments about ECU's migration to ArchivesSpace.]

We pirates have been busy in the past few months. Our scallywag data is in ArchivesSpace (AS), 95% of our digital objects are reconciled to the finding aids, our authorities database is up and running, and the crew is fully using the AS staff interface. We’re preparing to tack towards the public user interface, so avast ye, mates! A new look is coming!

In true pirate fashion, we’ve commandeered our own PUI. New features of the frontend interface will include digital object integration, the ability to search across all repositories, highlighted search results, and a built-in request system.

search results for Pirate

Not to mention, the staff are ecstatic about directly importing EADs complete with digital objects and authorities! No more enticing the developer with Swedish fish and root beer barrels to script in container lists, and no more stockpiling Truffles (Confectionery) in case of cataloging mutiny. When can ye landlubbers expect to see the kumquats of our labor? Look for our new interface to come about just in time for the winter holidays.

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Newly accessioned collections at the East Carolina Manuscript Room

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Robertson, Mary and Gordon, Missionary Papers

Letters (August 1917-August 13, 1919) written by Mary and Gordon Robertson of Africa Inland Mission while they were working in the Belgian Congo. They described their work providing education and religious training, how World War I was affecting the area, indigenous customs, and the practice of cannibalism which was still in existence in some villages.

Methodist Missions in Rhodesia and Mozambique Photograph Album

Photograph album (late 1890's-1930's) compiled by an unknown missionary documents the Methodist church's mission activities in Rhodesia and Mozambique. Images are usually identified and capture views of everyday life as well as mission activities such as building a chapel, operating mission schools, and running a printing press.

Atkins, Alison Hearne, Papers

This collection (1939-2008) contains material related to the life of Alison Hearne Atkins, a graduate of East Carolina University (B.S. in Music Education 1952, M.A. in Vocal Performance 1961), whose career includes teaching voice at Fort Hays State University (Hays, Kansas) for 28 years, teaching at a private studio, performing operatic works, and performing and accompanying Scottish folk and art songs at Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, North Carolina, for over 40 years.

Watson, Gaston and Fannie, Collection

Material (1898-1948) including legal correspondence and summons, tax receipts, accounts ledger, deeds, contracts, and life insurance policies related to the real estate business of Gaston Watson (1865-1933) and his wife Fannie Morris Watson (1884-1965) of Wilson, North Carolina. Also included are photographs related to the family.

Warren, John Thompson, Scrapbook

USNA Class of 1924 scrapbook kept by John Thompson Warren (1901-1958), appointed from the 9th Congressional District Tennessee in 1920 as midshipman, while he was attending the Naval Academy. The scrapbook contains mainly photographs particularly concerning his 1921 cruise on the USS Kansas and his 1922 cruise on the USS Florida.

Leach, William H. H., Diary

This Civil War diary (October 1, 1862 - March 24, 1863) was kept by William H. H. Leach of Company E, 3rd Massachusetts Regiment. In this daily diary, he discusses his training at Camp Hooker in Massachusetts, sailing to North Carolina, camp life, and skirmishes and battles at Kinston and Goldsboro, North Carolina. The diary ends with him in camp at New Bern, North Carolina.

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Newly processed collections at the East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Francis Marion Mellette Collection

This collection includes copies of Mellette family history, a 1960 history of Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge Number 304 in Deep Run, North Carolina, and an undated member ledger.

Eborn S. Pitt Papers

This collection contains the correspondence, contracts, lease agreements, and ledgers for the Farmers Tobacco Warehouse in Claxton, Georgia, and the Metter Tobacco Warehouse in Metter, Georgia (1947-1955.) There are also multiple contracts with the business partners and letters with E.S. Pittman concerning the business operations at the warehouse.

Pickwick Book Club Records

Records (1954-1980), including minutes and booklets, of the Pickwick Book Club of Greenville, North Carolina.

Hardee Family Collection

Correspondence, notes, a family history, and other genealogical materials of Col. David L. Hardee pertaining to the Hardee-Hardy families.

Henry Merritt Stenhouse Papers

This collection contains the written works of Dr. Henry Merritt Stenhouse, a U.S. Naval doctor. The written works detail his life as a naval doctor while in China and Japan (1918) and thoughts towards the Russian Revolution, the Chinese revolution, and their cultures. They also give detailed accounts of some illnesses, diseases, and injuries treated by Dr. Stenhouse as well as his life as a medical student at the University of Colorado.

Chatham Book Club Records

Records of Greenville, North Carolina, book club (1937-1977), including minutes, correspondence, newsletter clippings, constitution and by-laws, and two scrapbooks.

Democratic Women of North Carolina Collection

Papers (1960-1962, 1986, undated) compiled by Doris M. Cromartie during her service as vice chair of the executive committee of the Democratic Women of North Carolina, including correspondence, lists of workers, by-laws, newsletter, articles, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to Democratic Party activities in North Carolina.

Petition (1767) to King George III from N.C. Land Speculator Henry McCulloch

Included is a 1767 petition ("Memorial") written by Henry McCulloch, a London merchant, colonial official and North Carolina land speculator, to King George III of England. The topic of the "Memorial" is the difficulties encountered in encouraging settlements in North Carolina after the Anglo-Cherokee War (congruent with the French and Indian War) and the need for relief from paying quit rents.

44th Massachusetts Vol. Reg., Co. I, Private's Papers

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 is camped at Brice's Creek, North Carolina.

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Lecture at ECU on photography in 19th century printed medical books

Contributed by Marlena Rose

On September 23 at 4:30PM, East Carolina University’s Laupus Library will host “Ink and Silver: Medicine, Photography, and the Printed Book,” a lecture given by Dr. Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD, Section Head, Rare Books & Early Manuscripts, History of Medicine Division, United States National Library of Medicine.

This lecture is part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine lecture series and is hosted by the Medical History Interest Group.

Ink and Silver: Medicine, Photography, and the Printed Book, 1845-1900 will address the use of photography in 19th century printed medical books, from both technological and aesthetic viewpoints. Four central benchmarks will be examined: Alfred Donné's Cours de microscopie (1844-45), which used daguerreotypes to create etched printing plates; the pioneering psychiatrist Hugh Diamond, who as early as 1850 not only photographed his patients but arranged for lithographs of their physiognomies to be printed alongside his articles on their diagnosis and treatment; the work of the pioneering neurologist Guillaume Duchenne du Boulogne, who illustrated his books with hundreds of tipped-in albumen prints; and the Army Surgeon-General’s Library (fore-runner of the National Library of Medicine), whose profusely illustrated medical history of the Civil War pushed the existing book arts to their limits. Illustration sources include the NLM’s History of Medicine Division, as well as other institutions such as the Royal College of Physicians.

Stephen Greenberg received his doctorate in Early Modern History from Fordham University in 1983 with a dissertation on early printing and publishing. After teaching for several years, he returned to school and earned his library degree from Columbia University in 1991, specializing in Rare Books and Archival Management. Since 1992, he has worked in the History of Medicine Division at the US National Library of Medicine (one of the constituents of the National Institutes of Health), where he is currently Head of the Rare Books and Early Manuscripts Section. His research and publications span a number of fields, including the history of printing and publishing, the social history of medicine, the history of medical librarianship, and the history of medical photography.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will also feature a pop-up display.

For directions and parking information, visit:  https://hsl.ecu.edu/about/directions/

RVSP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/404648343526905/

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Kudos to SNCA member

I finally had a chance to watch the documentary written and hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. called Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. I'm the kind of person who watches all the credits, so I noticed the 6+ screens listing the repositories that provided archival material. And then how excited was I to see this:

screenshot from Reconstruction

Congratulations to Travis Souther and the New Hanover County Public Library for providing such good service in helping Gates tell the story of the 1898 Wilmington coup that it warranted being called out in the credits. Keep up the good work!

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SNCA 2020 Conference Call for Proposals

Uncovering the Hidden Labor and Faces of the Archives

Online proposal form due by midnight on November 15, 2019.

The Program Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2020 SNCA conference to be held at Elon University's Moseley Center on March 18-20, 2020. Workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 18, with the conference held on Thursday and Friday, March 19-20. This year's meeting is a joint meeting with the North Carolina Community College Archives Association (NCCCAA).

 We invite panel and lightning round proposals, individually or as a group, and poster proposals:

  • Panel and lightning rounds proposals: Each speaker should provide a 150 word abstract of their proposed topic. Panel sessions consist of 3-4 speakers who will each have 15-20 minutes to present. Lightning rounds include more speakers with less time for each, usually 5-10 minutes. This format may be submitted by an individual speaker interested in joining a panel or lightning round.
  • Poster proposals: Please submit a 150 word abstract for your proposed topic. The Committee invites submissions that reflect the diverse experiences and perspectives of those active in the field.

Any individual involved in archives–including staff, volunteers, researchers, donors, academics, and allied professionals–should feel welcome to submit proposals. Students and new professionals are particularly encouraged to submit. Speakers are not required to be SNCA or NCCCAA members. More details about the conference, including lodging and pre-conference workshops, will be shared when available.

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