Contributed by Dale Sauter
Longtime supporter and donor, Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives, recently passed away. His cousin, Ms. Susan Fraser Dahl, donated the rest of his papers. Ms. Dahl also plans to visit the Library in the spring. In addition, Rives left a generous endowment to help care for the many collections he donated, and the Library will also be receiving the proceeds from the final sale of Rives' estate.
Another longtime friend and donor of Special Collections, Senator Robert Morgan, also recently passed away. Senator Morgan made previous plans to set up a Memorial Fund to which friends can contribute. These funds will allow the Library to hire a 12-month SHRA Processing Archivist to process the Robert Morgan Papers.
The Sycamore Hill Baptist Church Project is another great project beginning as a collaboration with Joyner Library’s Administration. It is funded by the N.C. Arts Council and the Friends of Joyner Library and is coordinated by Heather White. The project plans to document the surrounding neighborhood of Greenville where the original church once stood via photography, interviews, and a scanning day.
The Library is also continuing to pursue documentation of eastern North Carolina’s unique culture and history by seeking material related to food, music, and other regional traditions.
- Banners and Buttons
Artifacts and documents providing a colorful review of some noteworthy local, state, and national campaigns from North Carolina’s past political elections. The exhibit runs from October 1 to December 31, 2016 in The Langford North Carolina Collection. Created by The North Carolina Collection.
- Robert Penn Warren and the Vanderbilt Poets Exhibit
Exhibit focusing on Warren’s college years and lifelong relationships with fellow poets and literary scholars during his time at Vanderbilt University. The exhibit, consisting of books and manuscripts, can be found on the first and fourth floors of Joyner Library, and continues until January 31, 2017. Created by Jonathan Dembo and Ralph Scott.
- ECU Veteran’s Gallery
An online gallery that allows patrons to submit memories of their East Carolina affiliated veterans, past and present. The gallery is available at digital.lib.ecu.edu/veterans. It was unveiled at the Chancellor’s Distinguished Military Service Society Dinner on November 11, 2016 and an accompanying exhibit was prepared on the 1st floor of Joyner Library that will remain through December 2016. Created by University Archives in conjunction with Digital Collections.
- American Heroes: Past and Present
A Veterans Day “Pop Up” exhibit was held inside Joyner’s main entrance. This exhibit was held to honor the military service of our veterans using photographs, letters, posters, and related materials from the East Carolina Manuscript Collections. Created by Manuscripts and Rare Books and Joyner Administration.