Vote in the 2019 SNCA Executive Board Elections!

Please vote in the election for the 2019-2020 SNCA Executive Board. ACCESS THE BALLOT HERE

Election voting will be open until March 1, 2019. You can learn more about the candidates here and read the SNCA Constitution and Bylaws here.

Please let the Nominating Committee know if you have any questions or concerns.
SNCA Nominating Committee

Rebecca Petersen May (Chair)    
Katie Howell

Kathelene McCarty Smith
Matthew Peek  

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2019 C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship Award Winners

Contributed by Liz Adams

The Education Committee is pleased to announce Anicka Austin and Michell Gilman as the recipients of the 2019 C. David Jackson Memorial SNCA Student Scholarships. Their awards cover registration and expenses related to attending the 2019 SNCA Conference in Wilmington, NC.

Anicka Austin is a Carolina Academic Library Associate at UNC Chapel Hill. She works as a graduate research assistant in Wilson Special Collections Library, focusing on archiving performing arts and student organizations for the University Archives. She is ecstatic that she can go to a performance almost every week living in the Triangle. Some of her favorites from this academic year were Camille Brown’s INK, Lucas Debargue (piano), and Hilton Als’ Lives of the Performers. She is pursuing a career that would combine social justice archival practices, performing arts, and joyful wandering in beautiful places.

Michell Gilman came to North Carolina from Oregon to pursue her MA degree in anthropology at East Carolina University. After earning her MA degree, she went on to pursue her MLS at ECU, where she is in her final semester. Michell is passionate about cultural heritage preservation, and her career aspirations are focused on public outreach and community archives within a special collections or archives library. Currently, Michell enjoys her work a graduate assistant at ECU’s Joyner Library, where she assists the staff in the special collections, archives, and scholarly communications departments.

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Oral histories at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

For the past 20 years, the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh has been recording oral histories of its members, including both long-time members and those who grew up in the congregation. They use the interviews in a variety of ways:

  • during senior luncheons, they can share comments about the church
  • when pastors are preparing a homily for a funeral service, they can incorporate personal anecdotes
  • as background/context for displays about the church

These oral histories now number 60, and Kenneth Marks, the Archivist/Records Manager for the church, has plans to do more interviews. They recently migrated these oral histories from their original cassette tapes to CDs. They also produce transcripts of the interviews that are available for loan through the church library.

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University Libraries Welcomes Jo Klein as Geospatial and Data Visualization Librarian

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Jo Klein photoJo Klein has been hired as the geospatial and data visualization librarian and assistant professor at UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries, where she will provide consultation services and training to support the geospatial/GIS and data visualization needs of faculty, staff, and students. Klein will also serve as the library liaison to the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability.

Previously, Klein worked as a contractor for Oak Ridge Associated Universities in the Epidemiology Branch of the US Environmental Protection Agency, supporting research through geospatial and data analysis, web-app development, and lab tests.

Klein holds a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and earned her master of library and information studies degree from UNCG in December 2018. While in the graduate program, she completed a practicum with Elon University's Archives and Special Collections, where she created an interactive online timeline of Elon’s presidents for the presidential inauguration pop-up exhibit.

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University Libraries Welcomes Megan Carlton as Science Liaison Librarian

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Megan Carlton photo

Megan Carlton has joined University Libraries at UNC Greensboro as the science liaison librarian and assistant professor in the Department of Research, Outreach, and Instruction. Carlton was previously employed by the University of Alabama where she was a research and instruction librarian and liaison to the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Engineering. She holds a bachelor of science in animal science from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Tennessee.

In her new role, Carlton will be the liaison to UNC Greensboro’s Biology, Chemistry, Computer science, Mathematics, Nanoscience, Physics, and Astronomy Departments. She will be available to faculty and students for research consultations and library instruction.

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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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