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:

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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:

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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.

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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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Call for Papers for JSNCA 2019

Journal for the Society of North Carolina Archivists
Special Topical Issue:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Special Collections: Critical Efforts
Call for Papers

J-SNCA is an annual online journal that seeks to address the theoretical, practical, and scholarly concerns of North Carolina’s archival profession. The editorial board of J-SNCA invites members of the research and archival communities to submit articles for a themed issue that will be titled, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Archives and Special Collections: Critical Efforts.” The issue will be published in the winter of 2019.

This notice is a broad call for papers [shorter articles 2,500-5,000 words in length] that discuss efforts to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of our collections, our institutions, and our professional lives.

Deadline: Deadline for article submission is October 1, 2019. Article proposals are welcome and encouraged. Submission guidelines at

Submission Contact: Kristen Merryman, Managing Editor –

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New Collection Highlights Asheville Architect and Silversmith

Contributed by Sarah Downing

The Western Regional Archives recently acquired an important collection of personal papers and business records of William Waldo Dodge Jr. (1895–1971), an architect and silversmith of note who began his career in Asheville in the late 1920s and worked until his retirement in 1956.

Although born and reared in Washington, D.C., Dodge came to the Asheville area to convalesce at the U.S. General Hospital #19 at Oteen after sustaining injuries during World War I. It was at Oteen that Dodge became interested in metal work, a skill he learned as part of a rehabilitation program at the hospital. He married an occupational therapist, Margaret Wheeler Robinson, in 1921. 

Shortly after their nuptials, William suffered a respiratory relapse, and the couple moved to Connecticut, close to Margaret’s mother, where William would enter the Gaylord Sanitorium. Margaret joined the staff, and soon set up a silversmithing shop where patients could learn practical skills and the sanitorium could generate income from the finished silver pieces. It is believed that William Waldo Dodge honed his skills working under the direction of professionals from nearby silver manufacturers—R. Wallace and Son of Wallingford, Connecticut; International Silver of Meridian, Connecticut; and Gorham of New York.

The Dodges returned to Asheville in 1923 and, with the help of William Waldo Dodge Sr., bought a house near the Grove Park Inn. Dodge Jr. then opened Asheville Silvercraft in a small cottage on Charlotte Street. He began creating small utilitarian pieces such as serving utensils and sherbet dishes. Soon he caught the attention of the Country Club of Asheville, who commissioned Dodge to create silver plates and bowls to be awarded as prizes for golf tournaments.

By 1928, he had designed and built his own studio, The Dodge Silver Shop, in Biltmore Forest. His work was known for its heavy gauge and hammering techniques and was popular enough for Dodge to hire and train 3 additional silversmiths.

photo of the Dodge Silver Shop

In addition to silversmithing, Dodge, who earned a degree in architecture at MIT prior to his military service, worked as an architect, gaining commissions in the Asheville area, even during the early years during the Great Depression. His work included designing homes in Biltmore Forest, Grove Park, and Enka Mill Village, as well as a commercial building in downtown Asheville. In 1942, with opportunities for designing houses or selling silver slim, Dodge and five Asheville architects formed Six Associates, a firm specializing in defense contracts.

The collection is a donation from Bruce E. Johnson, who spent many years assembling original letters, photographs, drawings, articles, and notes relating to the life and work of William Waldo Dodge Jr. Johnson’s efforts culminated in an exhibit, Hand Wrought, the Artistry of William Waldo Dodge at the Asheville Art Museum in 2005, which he guest-curated along with authoring the exhibition checklist. Included in the Bruce E. Johnson Collection on William Waldo Dodge Jr. are materials given to Johnson by the Dodge family.

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