Robert Morgan Papers open to researchers

Contributed by Sarah McLusky

J. Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University is pleased to announce the completion of its yearlong Robert Morgan Papers Processing Project and the opening of the Robert Morgan Papers (#268) to researchers.  The collection documents the life and times of North Carolina attorney, clerk of courts, legislator, State Attorney General, State Bureau of Investigation Director, and US Senator, Robert Burren Morgan (1925 -2016), of Lillington, North Carolina.  The Robert Morgan Papers, consisting of 1,075 archival boxes and 39 oversized archival folders and containing more than 540 cubic feet of manuscript and other materials, is the largest in the repository.

Robert Morgan papersSenator Morgan and his wife, Katie, were both ECU graduates and lifelong supporters of the University.  The Library is grateful for their many generous contributions to the University.  The Library also extends its thanks to the Morgan family and to Senator Morgan’s many friends, colleagues, former aides, and supporters who made this project possible.  Responsible for the mammoth task were Project Director Jonathan Dembo and Project Archivist Sherry L. Cortes, together with a small group of graduate students and volunteers.

The online collection guide and container list may be browsed or searched through the J. Y. Joyner Library webpage at

The complete Senator Robert Burren Morgan digital collection may be browsed or searched at

An exhibit of Morgan’s life and career, based on the Morgan Papers, will be on display in Joyner’s fourth floor search room through November 2018.  A blog post provides illustrations of the exhibit and opening event and also describes the student research award that Joyner Library has established in Robert Morgan’s name.

Please direct any questions or comments to:

Jonathan Dembo, Ph.D., Professor & Special Collections Curator

(252) 328-2661

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Guilford College’s Quaker Archives: Creating educational opportunities through Quaker and College documentary resources

Contributed by Gwen Gosney Erickson

After 28 years, the Friends Historical Collection name is retiring this summer as they rebrand the unit as Quaker Archives. Guilford College's Quaker Archives serves as a research center for Quaker Studies and archives for the Society of Friends in the southeastern United States as well as the college's institutional archives.

Quaker Archives

Quaker Archives

They’ve noticed that many already refer to the repository as the "Quaker Archives" informally. The new name more readily distinguishes it from other campus units and also non-Guilford related organizations with names similar to their former one. More importantly, the name change signals they are a dynamic learning environment providing opportunities to engage in innovative work and nurturing inclusive contextualizing of history through rich Quaker primary resources. Their collections encompass a wide variety of interests in multiple disciplines and subject areas from the 1680s to present day.

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Preservation Week at Laupus Health Sciences Library

Contributed by Layne Carpenter

Laupus Health Sciences Library at ECU offered a series of demonstrations during the week of April 16th to celebrate Preservation Week.  Members of the library’s History Collections department set-up a table near the main entrance of the library and spoke with visitors about preserving cultural heritage.

Preservation Week at ECU

Preservation Week at ECU

Each day featured a different theme, including book preservation, photographs and digital file preservation, artifacts and archives, and packing and storing family heirlooms.  A number of faculty, staff, students, and community members dropped by to learn more about how to store and preserve their own family relics.

Some visitors brought in their own relics for the department to view and offer preservation advice.  Items included ledgers, scrapbooks, a doll, photographs, Civil War era letters, and a pipe.  History Collections hopes to offer these sessions again in the future and enjoyed working with the campus and Pitt County community.

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Unique opportunity for SNCA member

SNCA member Ron Stafford has earned an opportunity that doesn't come along every day.  He has been chosen by the family of American artist Robert Henri to arrange and describe and rehouse his collection.  It includes letters, photographs, diaries, and a large collection of paintings.

(For a photo, check out the Facebook post by the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science.)

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New and updated collection finding aids from UNC Charlotte

Contributed by Tyler Cline

The following collections have either new or drastically updated finding aids available:

Swann Fellowship Records

Swann Fellowship was formed in 1997 by members of several Charlotte religious congregations. The Fellowship focuses on being a witness to the value of diversity and educating the public on public school issues as they relate to this and allied subjects. The collection includes organizational print and electronic records including board minutes, reports, donor and fundraising records, marketing and membership materials, as well as the Educate! newsletter.

Arts and Science Council Public Arts Program records

Collection comprised of artist process renderings for public art projects commissioned by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Inc. for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

Harvey L. Woodruff papers

Collection consists of correspondence, performance programs, and audio recordings from Harvey Woodruff's career as choral director for UNC Greensboro and UNC Charlotte.

Ann C. Carver papers

Dr. Carver was a UNC Charlotte English professor. She was the first Coordinator of UNC Charlotte’s Women’s Studies Program, previously serving as chair for the Black Studies Committee. Collection consists of materials for courses in women's studies. Also included are poems, lectures, and articles.

King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ collections:

  • Josh Burford papers concerning the Charlotte LGBTQ+ CommunityCollection includes materials related to the Charlotte LGBTQ+ community, including Burford's work with the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive and his personal research.
  • Beverly Penninger papers concerning Tonda TaylorBeverly Penninger is a local videographer who put footage together about Tonda Taylor and Time Out Youth in the early 1990s. Taylor is the founder of Time Out Youth.
  • Sandra Bailey papersSandra Bailey is active in the Charlotte LGBTQ community, longtime member of One Voice Chorus, and co-chair of First Tuesday. Collection consists of materials donated during Bailey's oral history interview (conducted by Tina Wright). Materials are materials primarily from 1991-1995 but also include a copy of Bailey's 2008 book.
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Newly accessioned collections at East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Sarah McLusky

Frances Speight Papers #1326  This collection contains correspondence (1965-1975, 2001) between R. Philip Hanes, Jr., Francis Speight, William Hull, Eric C. Hulmer, and C. Barbour Strickland, III, related to Speight’s paintings.

Richard H. Owen Collection #1327  This collection contains correspondence (August 1941-June 1942, undated) between Richard H. Owen and his parents, especially his mother Mrs. M. A. Owen in Miami, Florida, while he was serving aboard the USS  Crescent City and stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dorothea Dix Hospital Records #1329  This collection (1849-1946) contains correspondence, deeds (1907 certified copies of earlier deeds going back to 1850), blueprints, proposals, and specifications related to the physical facilities at Dorothea Dix Hospital.

Frederick C. Douglass Papers #323, Addition 1  Pension ledger (1898-1901) for African Americans who served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War.  The pension applications are mainly for the widows of soldiers and are being applied for in New Bern.

Photograph Album of 1917 Railroad Trip from Ohio to Raleigh, N.C. #1330  Photograph album kept by three men as they travelled from Ohio to Raleigh, North Carolina, with a train car load of cattle.  Included are images of trains, train bridges, a farm belonging to N. A. Connell, Connell family members, farm equipment, and cotton production.

NCEast Alliance Records #1331  This donation consists of 35 cubic feet of records (1993-2014) documenting the NCEast Alliance, a regional economic development agency serving the thirteen counties in eastern North Carolina that surround the Global TransPark.

Kambini Mission, Mozambique, Photograph Album #1332  1920s photograph album belonging to a missionary named Victoria documents the Kambini Station, a medical mission in Portuguese Mozambique.

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New staff at ECU

Contributed by Sarah McLusky

picture of Kelly SpringKelly Spring began work as Joyner Library’s Access Archivist on Monday, June 4th. A native of Frederick, Maryland, Kelly comes to ECU from the University of California at Irvine, where she served over three years as Archivist for Special Collections. She worked previously for the Sheridan Libraries of John Hopkins University where she served for nearly ten years as Manuscripts Archivist and Project Archivist.

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State Parks exhibit at ECU

Contributed by Sarah McLusky

picture from State Parks exhibitThe exhibit Building the State Park System in North Carolina will be on view through September 3, 2018, on the 3rd floor of Joyner Library. Books, pamphlets and documents from the North Carolina Collection and the East Carolina Manuscript Collection tell the story of the park system’s origins, its subsequent expansion, and its relationship to eastern North Carolina. Further information can be found on the ECU blog.

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Jessica Serrao Receives Donald Peterson Student Travel Award from Society of American Archivists

Serrao picture

Photo credit: Chuck Samuels – NCSU Libraries

Jessica Serrao, who is pursuing a graduate degree in library and information science with a concentration in archives and records management and certificate in digital curation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), is the 2018 recipient of the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and SAA in Washington, DC, August 12–18. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of SAA, such as presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee or section.

During the Joint Annual Meeting, Serrao will be chairing the education session “Documenting Decisions: Strategies and Workflows for Consistent and Transparent Processing.” She will also co-present within the session “Documentation for Team Processing: A Strategy for Internal and External Transparency,” which highlights ways team processors can collaborate and improve internal transparency through documentation strategies and how that documentation has the potential to support external transparency to the public.

The Donald Peterson Student Travel Award was established in 2005 and honors the memory of New York lawyer and philatelist Donald Peterson. Past recipients include Elizabeth Vallen (University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign), Alessandro Meregaglia (Indiana University, Bloomington), and Samantha Norling (Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis).

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Recently Processed Collections at UNC Asheville

Contributed by Gene Hyde

Biltmore Industries posterBlomberg, Patton & Grimes Biltmore Industries Collection: Contains documents from Asheville’s Grove Park Inn and Biltmore Industries, as well as papers of Fred Seely, the son-in-law of E. W. Grove. Working with his father-in-law, Seely designed and managed the Grove Park Inn, which opened in Asheville in 1913. In 1917 Seely purchased Biltmore Estate Industries homespun weaving business from Edith Vanderbilt. He changed the name to Biltmore Industries and moved it to a site beside Grove Park Inn. The collection includes 80 boxes of Fred Seely’s papers, 112 boxes documenting the management of Grove Park Inn during its first several decades of operation, and 92 boxes documenting the operation of Biltmore Industries.

Asheville Postcard Company Salesman’s Samples Collection: Contains 11 accordion-fold sample books from 1939-41 used by salesmen to solicit postcard orders from retail outlets. Includes hundreds of postcards of Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and other Southern locations.

“Cut the Clearcutting” Papers - Contains papers from the Western North Carolina citizens groups documenting opposition to U. S. Forest Service plans for for management of the Nantahala and Pisgah Forests, specifically even-aged management through clearcutting and shelterwood cutting. The papers document activities to change the Forest Service plans and include correspondence, personal notes, newspaper clippings covering forestry activities, and petitions to increase public awareness.

River Link Papers: RiverLink is an environmental non-profit organization that works to preserve and develop the French Broad River and its surrounding environment.  Covering the years 1986-2016, the collection contains administrative records, documents from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, media coverage of River Link and its activities, photographs, and other materials.

Bluff Mountain Papers - Western North Carolina Alliance: The Bluff Mountain Papers document efforts by the Western North Carolina Alliance and other groups to stop planned logging on Bluff Mountain in Western North Carolina in 1996-97. (The Western North Carolina Alliance later merged with two other groups to form MountainTrue. UNCA just received the first of several planned donations of materials from MountainTrue, adding to our collections documenting environmental activism in Western North Carolina.)

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