Student Spotlight: Michelle Runyon

My name is Michelle Runyon. I recently started the MSLS program at UNC Chapel Hill focusing on archives and special collections. Prior to beginning my position at the Sallie Bingham Center at Duke University, I worked at the Archives and Special Collections department at Santa Clara University, where I completed my bachelor's degree in June 2017. I subsequently worked co-processing the personal papers of local politician and LGBTQ+ activist Ken Yeager and as a records management assistant for the County of Santa Clara.

A Typical Day

One thing I love about my internship is that I do a variety of different tasks. I split my time between working at Duke's West campus in the main building for the Rubenstein Library and at the Smith Warehouse working with the Rubenstein's Technical Services team.

When I am on West campus, I usually begin the day by looking through the remote reference requests I have been assigned. I will then either request materials to be delivered from the Library Service Center (as most of the Rubenstein collections are not stored onsite) or look through materials that I already have on hold under my name to answer the reference questions I am working on. One day a week I sit on the reading room desk with a staff member. This usually entails retrieving materials that are on hold for patrons and answering any questions they have about the reading room policies or how to handle certain materials. I also work on managing the Sallie Bingham Center's Facebook page. I have been assisting with instruction and this semester will lead a class.

When I am with the Technical Services team, I process. During the fall semester, I focused on processing the third series of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Durham collection. One subseries that I have been particularly excited about is the Durham Women's Health Co-op Files. The Co-op became part of the YWCA in the 1970's and had its offices at one time with the Harriet Tubman branch, which served the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of Durham. I have appreciated working on these records as they speak to the impact that the Co-op had the public health of the neighborhood, including operating an abortion clinic and putting on workshops related to many health-related topics such as birth control and nutrition. I have also processed some additions to existing research guides such as the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South records. I was pleased recently to meet the founder and director of the Resource Center, Jeanne Stokes, when I help my supervisor, Megan Lewis, picked up some additions for another collection at the Resource Center offices.

I continue to enjoy the various tasks I have and look forward to new opportunities that the spring semester will bring. The Lisa Unger Baskin exhibit is opening on February 27, for which I am very excited. The Sallie Bingham Center, amongst other archives at Duke, are receiving applications for travel grants at this time; I will be amongst the staff reviewing applications. We are also hoping to finish the finding aid for the Durham YWCA records. All of this will make for a busy and productive spring!

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2019 Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 2019 SNCA Annual Meeting is now open! The early bird deadline is March 1.

Join us for the annual meeting of the Society of North Carolina Archivists on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, March 13-15, 2019. The meeting will be held at UNCW's Fisher Student Center, a short walk from Randall Library.

An exciting program of workshops, panel presentations, lightning talks, posters, and tours await SNCA members. Highlights include:

We are excited to welcome this year's keynote speaker Philip Gerard, Department of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina Wilmington and contributor to Our State magazine. His lecture,  "How Do We Know What We Know?" will address the difficulty writers face in pinning down facts as accurately as possible, and the crucial importance of doing so in our current political climate. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Exciting find at New Hanover County Public Library

Carolina Beach postcard

Travis Souther recently came across this postcard in the Allegood Photograph Collection at the New Hanover County Public Library. The North Carolina Room actually holds both the postcard and the original photograph from which the postcard was created. The photo of Carolina Beach that follows was taken around 1950 by Wilmington-born and famous North Carolina photographer Hugh Morton (1921-2006).

Carolina Beach photo

If you're interesting in investigating Hugh Morton further, Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also has a collection of his photographs and films.

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Updates from East Carolina University’s Laupus Health Sciences Library

Contributed by Marlena Barber

The Laupus Library History Collections in Greenville, North Carolina offers books, artifacts and archival collections relevant to the history and practice of health care, primarily in eastern North Carolina.

Please take a look at the new website for the library’s History Collections. It includes a blog that features news and updates from the department entitled Curative Corpus.

New object accessions at the library:

  • Microscope, adding machine, and typewriter donated by Richard F. Murphy from his son Richard J. Murphy. The items were used by Richard F. Murphy's father Franklin B. Murphy. He was a country doctor in Philippi, WV and practiced from roughly 1936-1974.

New and upcoming exhibits by the library:

  • “The Spanish Influenza Is Here”: Memories of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Eastern North Carolina explores the lethal influenza virus strain and its rampage through the eastern counties of North Carolina in the fall of 1918.  Newspaper articles, personal correspondence, heath department postings, and artifacts from The Country Doctor Museum bring to light the fear North Carolina citizens felt during this dark period in history.  The exhibit also examines the health care crisis during the epidemic and the steps taken to improve public health in North Carolina in the years that followed. The exhibit was up at Laupus Library in the fall of 2018 and will be on display at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library January 28-May 1, 2019. A Story Map of the exhibit has been created and can be viewed here.
  • Plague of Piracy—cast replicas of artifacts from Queen Anne’s Revenge and artifacts from The Country Doctor Museum. Opened November 2018.
  • Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War.   NLM Traveling Exhibit accompanied by CDM and Laupus Library materials. The panels from NLM with be on display January 14 – February 23, 2019; complementary materials from Laupus Library and Country Doctor Museum collections will be on display through April 2019.


Chris Grimes, a local Civil War medicine reenactor, will visit Laupus Library on February 11, 2019.  From 1-3:30pm, he will offer informal demonstrations of various Civil War era medical instruments, and, at 4:30pm, he will present a talk entitled Jonathan Letterman:  Father of Triage.  This event will complement the Life and Limb traveling exhibit.

Nazi Medicine event poster

The image above is of Auschwitz concentration camp, "Rail lines leading to the Death Gate." Source: Wikimedia Commons Date: September 26 2006 Author: Bookofblue Permission: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Medical History Interest Group invites you to attend A Dark Chapter in Military Medicine: Nazi Physicians and Holocaust Medicine presented by Sheena M. Eagan, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies.  The lecture will be on Monday, January 28, 2019, and begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery, fourth floor Laupus Library at East Carolina University.

This presentation will explore how medical practitioners, medical ideology, and medical language were used throughout the Holocaust of WWII.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will also feature a pop-up display. For directions and parking information, visit: Lectures may be video recorded. For the presentation schedule and an archive of our previous recordings, visit:

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Bowman awarded archivist certification

Randall Bowman, Archivist and Assistant Librarian at the Carol Grotnes Belk Library at Elon University, successfully passed the Archival Certification Examination. The exam, administered by the Academy of Certified Archivists, ensures a standard of excellence in historical preservation and access to primary resources and collections.

Founded in 1989 at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, the Academy of Certified Archivists is an independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Individual members qualify for certification by meeting a series of defined professional standards and educational and experience requirements.

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The Country Doctor Museum

Contributed by Marlena Barber

Country Doctor Museum pictureThe Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, North Carolina is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America's rural health care and is managed today as part of the Laupus Library’s History Collections at ECU.

The museum held a culminating anniversary event on Saturday, December 8, 2018 to commemorate 50 years since the museum opened in 1968.

Recent object accessions from The Country Doctor Museum:

  • Collection of 21 hand-turned reproduction monaural stethoscopes from a wood-work artist in eastern North Carolina
  • Five mid-20th century nursing school textbooks
  • Collection of nursing figurines
  • An early 20th century umbilical cord wrap
  • Collection of turn of the century drug store items
  • Collection of mostly mid-20th century archival materials from Dr. Charles E. Parker, a Chicago-based chiropractor, including documentation about Violet Ray machines

Recently processed museum archival collections:

  • J.M. Phelps Papers (CD01.114)— contains a number of doctor’s ledgers dated 1940s-1950s.
  • Bryant Hinnant Papers (CD01.116) contains a number of doctor’s ledgers dated 1940s-1950s.
  • Evan A Erwin Papers (CD01.117) includes images of Dr. Erwin dating from 1910 and 1912, an undated photograph, and his 1906 copy of Wellcome’s Excerpta Therapeutica.
  • Walter S. Hunt Jr. Papers (CD01.118) contains Dr. Hunt’s military records. The documents include his certificate of service and other United States Army communications.

New and upcoming exhibits from The Country Doctor Museum:

  • Cabinet of Wonder features unusual and wonderful curiosities from the museum’s collection and is currently on view at East Carolina University’s Family Medicine Center.
  • Fighting for their Lives: Medical Practices During the American Civil War examines how doctors and medical staff cared for the soldiers, looking specifically at surgery, disease, infection, and the role of hospitals and will be on display at Wake Tech Health Sciences Library in Raleigh February - July 2019.
  • Doctors on the Go will be on display at Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center in Fayetteville, NC, through March 2019. Distance and access to care have long been important factors in healthy lives and communities. From the reliable doctor’s horse to modern medicine, advancements in transportation and technology have had a long-lasting and significant impact on the practice of health care in rural America. This exhibit illustrates the importance of house calls to the country doctor and features such items as a country doctor’s saddle, medicine cases, and a wagon’s foot warmer as well as nursing items from Highsmith Hospital School of Nursing.
  • Models of Care, on view in the passageway from East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine to Vidant Medical Center through summer 2019, this exhibit highlights some of the diverse narratives of doctors and nurses whose histories are preserved by The Country Doctor Museum. Items on display include nursing and military uniforms, surgical equipment, and unique medications used in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • A new display with the working title Segregated Healthcare: History of Racial Assumptions in North Carolina will be installed at the museum in January 2019.
  • Nursing School Memories: Nursing Education in the Mid-20th Century, currently on display within the lobby of East Carolina University’s College of Nursing, focuses on the history of 3-year diploma training programs at local hospitals from 1940-1960 with photographs and artifacts, such as a nursing school uniform, caps and nursing supplies. Combined, these items help tell a story of shared camaraderie of nursing school students as they advanced through their often rigorous programs marked by enduring traditions, high expectations, and long hours.
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Meet the Candidates: 2019 SNCA Executive Board Nominees

SNCA 2019 Executive Board Elections

The 2019 SNCA Executive Board Elections are almost here! Voting will open in February and an electronic ballot will be sent to the membership at that time. You can learn more about the positions in the Constitution and Bylaws.

Meet the Candidates:


Dawne Howard Lucas

I have been a special collections librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill since 2013. Previously, I was the Head of Technical Services at the Duke University Medical Center Archives. I earned an MA in Public History from North Carolina State University in 2005 and an MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006. I have been a SNCA member since 2003, have served on numerous committees and task forces throughout the years, and have served on the Executive Board (Secretary, 2006-2009; Nominating Committee Chair, 2009-2010; Education Committee Chair, 2012-2014). I am also an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS).

Vice President/Programming Chair

Chrystal Carpenter

I am currently the Coordinator of University Archives & Special Collections at Elon University, a role I have held since 2015. I obtained my Master’s in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona. Additionally, I am a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and the 2013 Archives Leadership Institute cohort.  Over the years I have held leadership positions in Arizona, Maryland, and California. My responsibilities and interests include archival management and leadership, donor relations, and access to archival materials. I have been an active member of SNCA since coming to North Carolina, serving on the to the 2017 programming committee and as a member-at-large.  I am honored to be nominated for the Vice President/Programming Chair position and would enjoy moving into a leadership role within SNCA.

Education Committee Chairperson

Joshua Hager

I am a reference archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina, where I handle queries from researchers from across the country as well as our program to provide transcripts from closed colleges. I also have an extensive background in archival outreach; I received an award in 2014 from the Society of American Archivists for my research into how to maximize the utility of social media to reach new audiences.

The position of Education Resources Chair is an exciting opportunity to provide access to training workshops and other resources that will strengthen all aspects of our profession in North Carolina. I previously served on the board as a member-at-large; I welcome the opportunity to once again take a leadership role in SNCA. My primary goal is to increase access to training for archivists whose institutions cannot pay for workshops, be that through more low-cost options or awarding scholarships. I believe that, with the assistance of a great committee, I can help SNCA continue to meet the professional development needs of archivists from Cherokee to Nags Head and all points in-between.

Electronic Resources Chairperson

Patrick Dollar

Patrick Dollar received a BA in English and an MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as an MA in English from UNC Greensboro. Since 2017, Patrick has worked as the Processing Archivist for the Manuscripts collections at UNC Greensboro's Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Patrick works to preserve the history of the Greensboro and Triad, working with both analog collections, as well as born digital and hybrid collections. Patrick has been involved with SNCA since he was a student, and is currently serving on the Archives Month committee.

Anna Peitzman

Hey y'all! I am excited to run for the position of Electronic Resources Chair. I am the metadata archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina, where I work with the Digital Services section to provide greater digital access to and visibility of archival materials for the general public and government officials. Prior to my work at the State Archives, I managed the web presences for various UNC academic departments, and served on the Communications Committee of the UNC Staff Assembly. These positions allowed me to gain experience with various web platforms and technologies. As the Electronic Resources Chairperson, I would have the opportunity to work in conjunction with the board to not only maintain the website and ensure that SNCA communications and news reach all members, but also to brainstorm the development of additional resources that may be helpful. Thanks for your consideration!

Development Committee Chairperson

Hugh O'Connor

I am the Archives and Special Collections Librarian for Everett Library at Queens University of Charlotte. Currently in my second year at Queens, I was brought on as the first “official” archivist to oversee the university’s collections. A native of Louisiana and recent transplant to North Carolina, I worked for over a decade in special collections and art curation at Louisiana State University as well as in the archives at the State Library of Louisiana. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from LSU as well as my master’s in Library and Information Science.

In my brief time thus far at Queens, I have been able to work with faculty and staff to bolster the archival presence on campus and promote the archives to the surrounding Myers Park community. Professor Sarah Creech and I applied for and received a grant to create the Queens StoryCorps Project in which we interviewed faculty and staff with 20+ years of service. The idea behind this was to preserve and promote the institutional memory of Queens and was a huge success, resulting in over 18 hours of interviews. My current grant project is partnering with Latin Americans Working for Achievement to bring their organization’s archives to Queens.

I am honored by this chance to serve SNCA and be a part of the wonderful community of archivists and librarians who greeted this Louisiana fella with open arms and bright ideas.

Membership Committee Chairperson

Thomas Flynn

Education: MSIS Archives and Records Management, University at Albany (2008); B.A. History, Dickinson College (2007)

Professional Experience: Assistant Director of Archive and Special Collections, Winston-Salem State University (2013-Present); Archivist, Winston-Salem State University (2010-2013); Archivist, Maryknoll Mission Archives (2009-2010); Reference Library Assistant, Albany Public Library (2007-2009)

As an active member of SNCA, I have witnessed and been a part of the benefits of the organization. Through learning, networking and professional development, SNCA offers its members opportunities to help the individual and profession grow. It is with these benefits in more in mind that I look to give back to the organization by serving as Membership Chair.


Erin Allsop

Hello! My name is Erin Elizabeth Allsop and I am running for my second term as secretary for the Society of North Carolina Archivists organization. Throughout my first term, I have worked to reorganize the files of the SNCA board and helped to raise awareness of smaller archival programs, such as community colleges, and worked to develop educational opportunities for librarians with archival responsibilities. During the second tenure, I hope to create even more collaborative opportunities for librarians and archivists to work together with support of SNCA.

I am the archivist for Central Piedmont Community College where I oversee the preservation of and access to the historical records of the College; oversee processing and digitization projects; and develop educational opportunities with faculty. I graduated from C.U.N.Y. Queens College in New York with a Master’s degree in library science and archival studies. Prior to and throughout library school, I was the archivist for various institutions, including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Brooklyn College, The Green-Wood Cemetery, and the American Irish Historical Society.

During my last year of library school, I was awarded a fellowship with the Queens Public Library and the Citi Center for Culture (Citibank Archives) where I was able to learn more about community and corporate archives through the Queens Memory Project. I have worked in archives since 2010. My archival interests include digital preservation, community archives, and archival outreach/advocacy.

The role of secretary is significant in any organization. As the candidate for SNCA’s secretary, I offer my valuable note-taking skills and my passion for the archival profession. If elected, I will present the SNCA archives to our members and public in creative and captivating ways and will work to reshape the roles of secretary so as to increase collaborations between the board and our members.

Thank you very much for this opportunity!

Libby Coyner

I am an archivist at Elon University, where I've worked since 2017. Prior to coming to North Carolina, I worked at the State Archives of Arizona for seven years. I'm a graduate of the University of British Columbia's joint Master of Archival Studies/MLIS program, and dropped out of a Ph.D. program where I was writing about Tattoos as Personal Archives. Current favorite highlights of my work include embedding institutional archives throughout Critical Whiteness curriculum, and building a zine collection and engaging it in the classroom. I served for six years on the professional organization for Arizona, where projects included planning and writing grants for an annual symposium series, developing internship and traveling archivist programs (funded), and becoming the fiscal agent for our statewide site for archival description. I'd love to contribute some of my experience to supporting collaboration among archives colleagues in the North Carolina archives community!

Bari Helms

I have been the Director of Archives and Library at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem since 2014. Before returning to North Carolina, I worked as a local records archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, where I also served on Virginia’s Archives Month Committee. I received an MLS from the University of North Carolina and hold a BA in history from Duke University. My responsibilities and interests included exhibitions, technology in museums, outreach, and museum visitor experience. I am currently a member of the Education Committee, and I have previously served on the SNCA board in the capacity of Member-At-Large. I am excited to play a more active role in SNCA and appreciate the opportunity to run as Secretary.

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News from the State Archives Special Collections Section

Contributed by Donna E. Kelly

Effective December 3, Vann Evans was promoted into the Audiovisual Materials Archivist position, succeeding longtime employee, Kim Andersen, who retired December 1. As an Archives employee since 2006, Vann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will make the transition much easier.

Ellen Brooks, the new oral historian, comes to the Special Collections Section from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum where she has been in charge of its oral history program for five years. She has an undergraduate degree in history and communications from Fordham University and her master’s is in oral history from Columbia University. She also has archival training. Her first official day was January 2.

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UNC Greensboro Welcomes Deborah Yun Caldwell as 2018-2020 Diversity Resident

Yun photo

Deborah Yun Caldwell has been appointed as the 2018-2020 Diversity Resident for UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries. Caldwell comes to UNC Greensboro from Denton, Texas. She holds a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her master of Information Science from the University of North Texas in August. While in the program, Caldwell worked as a student assistant in the Department of Information Science and as a graduate library assistant in Willis Library and the Eagle Commons Library.


The two-year post-MLS Diversity Residency program was established to further increase the diversity of University Libraries' professional staff while fostering the growth and development of a new librarian. As the 2018-2020 diversity resident librarian, Caldwell will be participating in the University’s diversity initiatives and collaborating with University Libraries and other divisions across campus in developing programs related to diversity.

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All Hands on Deck!

Contributed by Kelly Spring

[This is the 3rd in a series -- see also the 1st and 2nd installments about ECU's migration to ArchivesSpace.]

When dealing with over three thousand accessions, two thousand resources, and a handful of assessment records, it’s good to have a large crew. Checking the accuracy of a mere 20% of that data would require a lone pirate to evaluate at least one thousand files! So, the subgroups here at ECU have recruited a few extra hands to assist in pinpointing migration blunders.

As soon as our lead programmer began test migrations from Archivists' Toolkit (AT) to ArchivesSpace (AS) for our three repositories (manuscripts, university archives, and medical history collections), we set to work checking the data for mapping, style, and content errors. We’ve enlisted student employees, catalogers, a few department heads, technicians, a support analyst, and even an assistant director to aid in the effort.

Of course, we rigged up a Jacob’s Ladder to get our mates aboard and promised not to maroon them. Each subgroup created documentation and training material for their new recruits and walked them through the process of comparing source files in AT with the migrated files in AS. We’ve begun with accession records and hope to move on to resource records in the new year. (You can loot our ECU accession worksheet here.)

There is a scurvy dog, though: the manuscript container list database. The lead programmer is exploring how best to push this into AS. Attempts have included adding container lists to AT and pushing through the AT migration tool, using a console application to inject AS-compliant container lists into EAD and adding via AS import/export, and using the Harvard aspace-import-excel tool. We hope that the parley doesn’t drag on, but the entire crew is on hand to assist if swabbing the deck - or manually working with the database - becomes necessary.

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