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.


  • 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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ECU Veterans Day Exhibition

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2016 W. Keats Sparrow Award Recipients at ECU

Contributed by Dale Sauter

The W. Keats Sparrow Award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in East Carolina University’s English 1100 & 2201 composition classes. The award is sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library and is named in honor of Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, Professor Emeritus of English and Former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Joshua Butler earned first place honors with a work entitled “Pain: Its Problems and Treatment.” The second place winner, “Genetically Modified Crops: Revolutionary Grains of Hope,” was written by Ronnie Issa. Elysia Netter placed third for “‘Holy History, Batman!’; Using Comic Books as Teaching Tools.”

For more information, see the press release on the Joyner Library blog (http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/libnews/blog/2016/09/07/2016-w-keats-sparrow-award-recipients/).

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Raleigh Home Movie Day 2016

Contributed by Kim Andersen

The State Archives of North Carolina is hosting its 14th annual Home Movie Day on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Co-sponsored by the State Archives of North Carolina, AV Geeks Transfer Services, and the Film Studies Program at NCSU, Raleigh Home Movie Day is fun for the whole family.  Come join us!  The event is free and open to the public -- and parking is free.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


State Archives of North Carolina Auditorium

109 East Jones Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

Participation is simple: rifle through your attic, dig through your closets, call up Grandma, and find your family’s home movies! Then come on down to the State Archives with up to two reels (8mm, Super8mm, or 16mm film) or two video tapes (VHS or Video8/Hi8), and we will screen at least one of them for you and the audience to enjoy! Point out people and places you recognize! As a bonus, you’ll later receive a digital transfer of the home movie that you shared (either as a downloadable file e-mailed to you or DVD mailed to you). Even if you do not have any films or videos to bring, that’s OK!  You can just show up and watch the films of others. It’s not just historically significant – it’s fun!

Did you know that when original films are properly cared for, they can outlast DVDs or video tape transfers? So don’t throw your films away! Home Movie Day will not only provide a wealth of free entertainment, but it is also an opportunity for you to learn about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media. Motion picture archivists will be on hand to answer all your questions and tell you how to properly store your films and plan for their future.

If you are still considering cleaning house and getting rid of your old home movies and videos, please just don’t throw them out yet!  The State Archives collects and preserves old moving images of North Carolina, and while the bulk of our current holdings consist mainly of films and tapes relating to state government, we have a growing body of amateur film and are looking for more because home movies can often include glimpses of important places and historically significant events and happenings that are not documented anywhere else.

So come to Home Movie Day to learn, participate, and/or just enjoy the antics of your friends and neighbors caught on film. Please contact Kim Andersen (AV Materials  Archivist, State Archives), at kim.andersen@ncdcr.gov or 919-807-7311, with any questions about Home Movie Day and/or film and video donations.  And for more information about Raleigh Home Movie Day 2016 in general, please contact Skip Elsheimer (Owner, A/V Geeks) at skip@avgeeks.com and/or Devin Orgeron (Professor, Film Studies, NCSU) at devin_orgeron@ncsu.edu.

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Fall social in Asheville

Contributed by Sarah Downing

dscn0365Thanks to Zoe Rhine and the folks in the N.C. Room at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville, who hosted a tour for the western assembly of the Society of NC Archivists on September 30th. The tour was followed by dinner, libations, and lively conversation at Chai Pani.

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Governor McCrory Declares October 2016 – Archives Month


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The Next Step for WCU Hunter Library’s Special Collections

Contributed by Liz Skene

Following the retirement of George Frizzell, who served as Head of Special Collections at Western Carolina University for 34 years, Hunter Library’s departments have undergone reorganization. Elizabeth Skene, formerly the Digital Initiatives Librarian, is overseeing the merger of the Digital Initiatives Unit and Special Collections into a new Special and Digital Collections Unit. As Special and Digital Collections Librarian, Skene will further integrate and streamline the library’s digital collections and Special Collections services, while continuing to promote Open Access and data management. Before coming to WCU in 2014, Skene was the Curator of Collections at the Arab American National Museum and holds an MSI from the University of Michigan.

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News from ECU

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Robert Penn Warren and the Vanderbilt Poets Exhibit

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and served as Poet Laureate of the United States, in addition to writing novels that included All the King’s Men. It was during his time as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University that he decided on a career as a writer. A new exhibit at J. Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University focuses on his college years and his lifelong relationships with fellow poets and literary scholars that began during this time. The exhibit, Robert Penn Warren and the Vanderbilt Poets, will be displayed on the 1st and 4th floors of Joyner Library from July 1, 2016 until January 31, 2017. The exhibit consists of books and manuscripts from the Stuart Wright Collection (#1169). It is curated by Jonathan Dembo (Special Collections Curator) and Ralph Scott (Curator of Rare Books and Maps) in the Special Collections Division.

New Collections

Rebecca T. Jamieson Letter #1275

A missionary letter written February 17, 1841, by Rebecca Townsend Jamieson, a wife and mother, who was living with her husband and children in Subothro (now Sabathu) in the Himalaya Mountains in Northern India. In it she describes in detail the experiences and hardships during the previous two to three years of their missionary work in Shohorunpore and Subothro, India. She was very sick during part of the time and gave birth to three children, including one who only lived eight days.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Betsy Dowdy Chapter Records #1279

This collection consists of the records (1938-2014) of the Betsy Dowdy Chapter (Elizabeth City, North Carolina) of the DAR. Included are thirty-nine scrapbooks (1939-2012), fourteen Constitution Week scrapbooks (1979-2008), minutes (1938-2009), executive board minutes (1988-2010), award certificates (1970s-2014), treasurers’ reports and other financial records (1992-2011), publications (1938-1958), and loose items (1940s-2000s). The scrapbooks contain photographs, clippings, programs, minutes, brochures, and circulars reflecting the activities of the Betsy Dowdy Chapter.  Approximately 20 cubic feet.

Sawyer-Harris Papers #1280

This collection consists of 48 deeds (1801-1907), legal documents, and notes related to land ownership in Pitt County, North Carolina, 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 that 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 of which belonged to ECTTS student Katherine (Kate or Katie) Eugenia Sawyer. This collection is donated by the family of John William 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, North Carolina. The letters cover a longer span and are written by Daniel to his sister Susie. During that time, his company was camped at Readville, Newberne (now New Bern), and Brice’s Creek in North Carolina; near Fort Smith and at Arlington Heights in Virginia; and at Fort Delaware in Delaware.

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

Rhaford Lanier of Duplin County, North Carolina, 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).

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, North Carolina. 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, South Carolina, 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 genealogical records.

Abijah Hollis Civil War Collection #1284

Abijah Hollis of New Hampshire served with the 45th and 56th Regiments Massachusetts Volunteers with heavy involvement in the North Carolina campaign. This collection consists of a photocopy of an unpublished 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), North Carolina, 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. D. Monk Family Collection #1285

Material detailing the history of the A. C. Monk Tobacco Co., and the Monk family of Pitt County, North Carolina. Approximately 30 linear feet.

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, North Carolina. 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. The donors are his children.

Moseley Map on the Move

Joyner Library’s Moseley Map is on the move! (https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/1028) The map will be in an exhibit honoring the 1716 founding of the Brafferton Indian College at William and Mary. The Brafferton Indian College building is the only one of three remaining colonial buildings in existence at William and Mary.

Our map was selected because it is the only map that shows the Native American settlements in the area shortly after the college was founded. Other Native American artifacts will be on display with the map.

The exhibit will run September 9, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

The Muscarelle is located at 603 Jamestown Road on the campus of the College of William and Mary.

For more information view the links below:

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Award to New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Latino Oral History Initiative

Contributed by Jaycie Vos

In 1993, the Oral History Association established a series of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in oral history. The New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Latino Oral History Initiative has received the 2016  Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award for its work documenting stories about Latino migration, settlement, and integration to North Carolina and the American South. In early 2016, the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces team launched its fully bilingual digital archive and information system where users can browse the collection of interviews in both English and Spanish and further engage with the collection through interactive digital maps, lesson plans, and more. New Roots/Nuevas Raíces is a collaborative initiative between the Latino Migration Project, the Southern Oral History Program, and University Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill and is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Read more and learn about other Oral History Association award recipients here.

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