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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ECU’s Beyond Bricks and Mortar Project

Contributed by Dale Sauter

“Beyond Bricks and Mortar” is a photography project led by Joyner Library at East Carolina University which seeks to document the people who resided in the former neighborhood adjacent to the historic Sycamore Hill Baptist Church. This project hopes to illustrate the concept that community is much more than the mere bricks and mortar used to construct our homes. Photos produced from the project will be presented in a physical exhibition giving citizens the opportunity to learn about the historic Sycamore Hill Baptist Church and the predominantly African American community that was displaced by economic redevelopment in the 1960s. Furthermore, the images will be archived in a digital collection housed and maintained at Joyner Library. The project is supported by a North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant and the Friends of Joyner Library.

The project will photographically document former Sycamore Hill Community members or their descendants, with photographs taken as close to the original site of their residence as possible. These photographs will be a part of an exhibition at the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery located at Joyner Library at East Carolina University starting in January 2017 through March 5, 2017.  In addition, historical images of Sycamore Hill Baptist Church and surrounding neighborhood from the Joyner Library Greenville Collection will also be included in the exhibition. The project will include a free community celebration event honoring the exhibition on Friday, March 3, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Local media coverage of this project:

  • Forgotten Greenville community gets history preserved

http://www.witn.com/content/news/Forgotten-Greenville-community-gets-history-preserved-408566015.html

  • Beyond Bricks and Mortar to piece together Greenville Town Common’s past

http://wnct.com/2016/12/28/beyond-bricks-and-mortar-to-piece-together-greenville-town-commons-past/

  • Project saving memories from Sycamore Hill

http://www.reflector.com/News/2016/12/28/Project-to-keep-memories-of-life-on-Sycamore-Hill.html

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Nominations for the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award

Established in 2003, the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award seeks to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the archival profession in the state of North Carolina by

  • promoting public awareness, appreciation, or support of cultural heritage institutions, or
  • preserving historical and cultural resources, or
  • providing leadership in archival organizations or associations, or
  • teaching, training, or mentoring new members of the archival profession.

Please provide specific examples of ways in which the nominee meets at least one of the criteria outlined above and submit with the nomination form.

The nominee is not required to be a member of the Society of North Carolina Archivists but must have at least 5 years of service in the archival profession. The nominee may not be a member of the current SNCA Executive Board or Development Committee.

This award will be presented at the spring conference. Award winners receive $100, reimbursement for conference registration, a one-year membership in SNCA, and their name engraved on the award plaque at the State Archives of North Carolina.

We look forward to your nominations! Nomination deadline is January 31, 2017. The nomination form and supporting materials should be submitted via email to the Development Committee Chair at  development@ncarchivists.org.

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Applications for the Michelle Francis Scholarship

The purpose of the Michelle Francis Scholarship is to provide SNCA members access to professional development opportunities by attending the annual SNCA conference. This award provides assistance with travel and conference fees and defers costs associated with attending the conference. It also allows an archivist that normally might not attend an opportunity to gain knowledge by attending this important gathering.

Two scholarships of $250 will be awarded. Scholarship funds may be used for conference registration, workshops, conference meals, and travel expenses. Persons meeting the criteria outlined below are encouraged to apply.

For this scholarship, an individual must currently:

  • Be a current SNCA member​​
  • Be employed in an archives or related position (special collection librarian, etc.)
  • Demonstrate a financial need

Please submit these application materials:

  • Current resume or CV
  • Letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant's work
  • Essay (400 words or less) describing your financial need and/or circumstances, your job, and how you plan to use the information you learn in your work

We look forward to your applications! Deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.
Application materials should be submitted via email to the Development Committee Chair at  development@ncarchivists.org.

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SNCA Executive Board Nominations

SNCA is accepting nominations for Executive Board positions. The nominations period ends December 25. You can access the Google form to enter your nominations. Please be prepared to provide both the name and email address of your nominee.

The position descriptions and terms of office are as follows:

  • Vice President/Programming Chair (1 year): The vice president shall perform the duties of the president in case of the president's resignation or absence. The vice president shall serve as chair of the program committee. The vice president will recommend an assistant program committee chair who may attend Board meetings as a non-voting member with the vice president or as a voting member in the vice president’s absence. Note: Nominees for vice president must have previously served on the board or on a Society committee.
  • Secretary (2 years): The secretary shall keep active records of the Society including the minutes of the Society's business and Executive Board meetings and shall conduct the correspondence necessary to transacting the Society's business including the sending of notices to members concerning meetings. The secretary shall serve as the archivist for the Society. The secretary may recommend a member to arrange the Society's records of enduring value.
  • Membership Chairperson (2 years): The membership chairperson shall oversee the maintenance of membership lists and directory, send out dues notices, and contact those members who do not renew. Furthermore, the membership committee will actively solicit new members including staffing an information table at the Society's meetings.
  • Electronic Resources Chairperson (2 years): The electronic resources chairperson shall oversee the maintenance of the Society’s web page, listserv, and other electronic resources that may be developed.
  • Members at large (1 year): The members at large shall have duties as assigned by the Executive Board. Note: There are 2 open positions.
  • President (1 year): The president shall direct and coordinate the affairs of the society, shall preside at all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board, and shall perform such duties as may be directed by the Executive Board. Note: Nominees for president shall have previously served on the board.
  • Education Committee Chairperson (2 years): Directs and coordinates the activities of the education committee, which plans and promotes archival education opportunities. Selects the Gene Williams Award and C. David Jackson Scholarship winners.
  • Development Committee Chairperson (2 years): Oversees a committee that undertakes development efforts for the Society, including promotion of the Michelle Francis Endowment. Works with the Program Committee to secure sponsors for and present awards at the annual conference.
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Picture the Past: Forest History Society Repeat Photography Project

Contributed by Sara Pezzoni

Date: 1952; At the age of seven Wallace "Wah Wah" Whatley discovers trees grow faster than boys. Wah Wah posed with this tree in 1949 when it was a mere seedling one year old. This year (1952) "Wah Wah" is seven and the pine is four. This tree was planted during a campaign launched by the Opelika (Alabama) Rotary Club, to put 35,000 acres of idle Lee County land into productive forest crops. This season (1952), the club planted its three-millionth tree. Sparkplug of the campaign is Euel A. Screws, Opelika Lumberman. The club owns three mechanical planters that it makes available to small landowners at a minimal cost.

Date: 1952; At the age of seven Wallace "Wah Wah" Whatley discovers trees grow faster than boys. Wah Wah posed with this tree in 1949 when it was a mere seedling one year old. This year (1952) "Wah Wah" is seven and the pine is four. This tree was planted during a campaign launched by the Opelika (Alabama) Rotary Club, to put 35,000 acres of idle Lee County land into productive forest crops. This season (1952), the club planted its three-millionth tree. Sparkplug of the campaign is Euel A. Screws, Opelika Lumberman. The club owns three mechanical planters that it makes available to small landowners at a minimal cost.

Repeat photography is the practice of taking photographs of a specific location at two or more different times. It is a powerful visual resource for scientific study and education in forest and landscape management.

From working forests to wilderness areas, such photographic pairs or sequences can help us understand ecosystem processes and effects of human and non-human disturbances. They can inform our concepts of sustainability, help us understand the implications of public policy, and assess the results of management decisions.
While many repeat photos of forested land exist, they are scattered in many locations, occur in widely different formats, and are relatively difficult to find. The Forest History Society (FHS) has undertaken a project aimed at collecting sets of repeat photographs relating to land management and environmental research. The project website (http://www.repeatphotography.org/) hosts a centralized database that allows photos to be searched by subject keyword, location, date, format, and photographer, among many other characteristics. Additionally, repeat photography sets will be presented with contextual information, and individual images will be displayed at detailed resolution for comparison and analysis. FHS aims to provide a centralized location on the web for users to access, compare and interpret these images. The project is a collaboration between FHS and several other institutional and individual collaborators. By providing an authoritative site on the subject, they hope to identify previously unknown repeat photographic pairs and sequences, promote the creation of new repeat sets, and foster interest in the future uses of repeat photography.

The project leads welcome insights, recommendations, and collaboration in making this valuable historical information more widely available. If you have photos, research ideas, or any other input that might help, please contact Project Photo Archivist Sara Pezzoni at sara.pezzoni@foresthistory.org.

Date: 1962; Wallace Whatley, 17, now a high school senior, stands 5 feet 10 inches while this pine he watched planted when he was four now grows 50 feet into the sky.

Date: 1962; Wallace Whatley, 17, now a high school senior, stands 5 feet 10 inches while this pine he watched planted when he was four now grows 50 feet into the sky.

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Jackson Student Scholarship Applications

Contributed by Amy McDonald

SNCA's Education Committee is now accepting applications for C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship for the upcoming 2017 conference to be held in Asheville in March 2017.  Applications must be received by Friday, January 20, 2017. Recipients will be notified of their award by Friday, February 10, 2017.

SNCA offers two scholarships of up to $500 each for the purpose of allowing students to attend the society’s annual meeting and pre-conference workshops. Scholarship funds may be used for meeting registration, workshops, lodging, meals, and travel expenses. A one-year membership in SNCA will also be included with the scholarship. Applicants must be students enrolled in an archival studies, public history, or library science program in North Carolina.

To apply, an application form and a current resume/CV should be submitted via email to the Education Committee Chair at education@ncarchivists.org. Please include “Jackson Scholarship” in the subject line.

For additional details, please see the scholarship’s website.

Please note: Beginning this year, the deadline for the Gene J. Williams Student Paper Award will be moved to late April. Watch SNCA’s blog and listserv for a call for entries shortly after the annual conference!

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New Collections at East Carolina University

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Lucius W. Johnson Papers #1268

Unpublished autobiography and personal papers of Rear Admiral Lucius W. Johnson (1882-1968), a distinguished Navy surgeon who was awarded the Navy Cross for his relief efforts in the Dominican Republic during Dictator Rafael Trujillo’s reign; coordinated construction of the National Naval Medical Center outside of Washington, D.C.; oversaw the development of Naval Mobile Base Hospital No. 1 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and is credited with introducing the daiquiri to America.  Included besides the 400-page autobiography are scrapbooks detailing the planning and construction of the medical center; a report on the construction of the mobile hospital which includes photographs; three binders containing over two hundred pamphlets, off prints, and clippings of Johnson’s published articles; military orders; and his official Navy portrait.

 Sawyer-Harris Papers #1280

This collection consists of 48 deeds (1801-1907), legal documents, and notes related to land ownership in Pitt County, N.C., in the area that became Ayden. The documents pertain mainly to the Harris, McGlohon/McLawhorn, and Cannon families, especially William Henry Harris, the founder of Ayden. Also included are a blueprint plat of Ayden (June 21, 1890) and copies of 2 clippings (1991-1992) about the founding of Ayden. Additional items which have been placed in the East Carolina University Archives are a 1915 yearbook for East Carolina Teachers Training School (now ECU), a 1915 folded card for the Junior-Senior Reception at ECTTS, and a calling card--all belonging to ECTTS student Katherine (Kate or Katie) Eugenia Sawyer.

 44th Massachusetts Vol. Reg., Co. I, Private's Papers #1281

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 was camped at Brice's Creek, N.C. The letters cover a longer span and are written by Daniel to his sister Susie. During that time, his company was camped at Readville (Reidsville), Newberne (now New Bern), and Brice's Creek in North Carolina, near Fort Smith and at Arlington Heights in Virginia, and finally at Fort Delaware in Delaware.

 Rhaford Lanier and 31st Reg. of North Carolina Militia Record Book #1282

Rhaford Lanier of Duplin County, N.C., kept a record book for the Cypress Creek Company (mostly Duplin County men) associated with the 31st Regiment of N.C. Militia. It mainly covers 1840-1845 and 1861-1865 and includes, among other records, muster rolls and allowances paid to soldiers’ families (1864-1865). A few brief personal notes into the 1880s are also included.

William A. Greenleaf Collection #1283

This collection consists of papers (1851-1898) relating primarily to William Alva Greenleaf (1825-1894) of New York and Jersey City, New Jersey, and also to his son Harry Torrey Greenleaf and wife Gertrude Pool Greenleaf of Elizabeth City, N.C. The majority (1863-1868, 1887-1894) of the papers are related to William A. Greenleaf’s service (1863-1865) in the Civil War as Acting Assistant Surgeon with the U.S. Volunteers stationed at hospitals in Beaufort and Hilton Head, S.C., and Camp Randall at Madison, Wisconsin, and his efforts to obtain an increased pension and reimbursement for travel. Also included are correspondence (1859-1898), legal and estate records (1851-1894), financial records (1880s-1890s), and genealogy records.

Abijah Hollis Civil War Collection #1284

This collection consists of a photocopied typescript entitled STORIES OF THE WAR, FROM PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS AND DIARIES, For My Children, A. Hollis, West Concord, N.H., January, 1884. Also included are a hard copy and a PDF file of a transcribed (by the donor) version of STORIES OF THE WAR with photographs; photocopies of official “carded medical records” for Hollis (1863-1864); copies of photographs of Hollis in uniform during the Civil War taken while stationed in New Berne (now New Bern), N.C., in his Union uniform with captain bars, in 1908-1910; and copies of photographs of Hollis’s wife Harriette, his U.S. cartridge case, and his belt buckle used during the Civil War.

A. C. Monk & Company/A. C. Monk Family Collection #1285

Material (1907-2004) detailing the history of the A. C. Monk Tobacco Company and the Monk Family of Pitt County, N.C.

Lindsay Stuart Savage Collection #1286

This collection (ca. 1960s to ca. 1990s) consists of about ten cubic feet of photographs, slides, contact prints, proofs, and negatives of images made by Lindsay “Stuart” Savage while he was a photographer for the Daily Reflector newspaper in Greenville, N.C. After serving in many capacities, he retired from the Daily Reflector in 2009, fifty years from the day he was hired there as a news reporter.

Holley Mack Bell II and Clara Bond Bell Papers #1287

This collection contains materials (1940s-2013) related to the interests and activities of Holley Mack Bell II and Clara Bond Bell of Windsor and Eden House in Bertie County, N.C.  Mr. Bell served in World War II; worked on several newspapers, including the Charlotte News, Bertie Ledger-Advance, and the Greensboro Daily News; and was employed by the U.S. Information Agency as a press attaché at several American embassies in South America. Mrs. Bell worked as a social worker, in Public Welfare, and also with social service organizations while they lived in various South American countries. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bell were active in historic preservation, especially with the Historic Hope Foundation, Friends of Hope Committee, Preservation North Carolina, the Museum of the Albemarle, and the Historic Albemarle Tour (HAT), and were active in the Episcopal Church. Included are Bertie Ledger-Advance newspapers, correspondence, publications, photographs, clippings, pamphlets, notes, and brochures.

George T. Bowman Papers #1292

This archive covers the early life and long United States Army career of Brigadier General George T. Bowman (b. 1869 and d. 1951).  His career included service (stateside) during the Spanish-American War with the New York 65th Volunteer Infantry, with various New York volunteer and regular Army units in the Philippines (1899-1904), in Cuba (1906-1909), with Gen. John Pershing on the Mexican border (1915-1916), during World War I (1918-1919), and in Germany after World War I ended. Included are correspondence, orders and other military documents, photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, maps, narratives and commentary by Bowman, and a diary.

William and Harry Whittaker Papers #1293

William and Harry Whittaker were brothers who both served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. William mainly served in West Germany while Harry was sent to Vietnam in 1967. Their letters to each other cover the years 1964 to 1968 and discuss both basic training in Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and their service in West Germany and Vietnam. Also included are numerous photographs taken by Harry while he was stationed in Vietnam.

 

 

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WWI Service Cards at the State Archives of North Carolina

Contributed by Matthew Peek

World War I service card for William Crittenden

World War I service card for William Crittenden

North Carolina WWI Service Cards are now available online for free through the joint efforts of FamilySearch and the State Archives of North Carolina. These cards were originally prepared after World War I by the U.S. War Department for use by the North Carolina Adjutant General’s office. The WWI Service Cards report on men and women who claimed residency in North Carolina and who served in official military capacities—including nurses, medics, and chaplains—during World War I. The cards include such information as name, military service number, home town, age or birth date, place and date of induction, units in which served, ranks held, dates of overseas service, and date of discharge from active military service. For a thorough explanation of the data on these cards and how to interpret them, see Peek's post on History For All the People.

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News from Joyner Library at East Carolina University

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.

Exhibitions

  • 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.

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