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ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: H is for…

This ABC’s of Special Collections blog post was co-authored by Special Collections and Archives intern Brittnee Worthy  H is for… William F. Higson Letter According to the 1961 Wake Forest Alumni Directory William F. Higson was a Wake Forest student from 1835-1836. From Hyde County, North Carolina, Higson’s manuscript collection is made up of one handwritten... more

African-American Poetry Pamphlets

In honor of Black History Month, ZSR Special Collections & Archives has opened a tabletop exhibit of selected items from our African-American poetry pamphlets collection. Purchased by ZSR Special Collections in 1994, this collection of over 300 books, pamphlets, and broadsides was assembled by an anonymous collector. The bulk of the collection dates from the... more

What’s In a Name?: The Legacy of Ed Christman

Edgar D. Christman joined the Wake Forest community in 1947, when he enrolled at a college that he had never seen. Christman remained with Wake Forest from then on, leaving only to earn masters degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. In his chaplaincy, spanning from 1969 to 2003, Christman was renown... more

Art in the Archives: A Celebration of Campus Galleries

October is American Archives Month! Each year, the Society of North Carolina Archivists chooses a theme to celebrate Archives Month. This year’s theme, “Celebrating Archives: North Carolina Arts, Crafts, and Music Traditions” has inspired Special Collections & Archives to collaborate with the Start Gallery and the Hanes Gallery for our own celebration. “Art in the Archives:... more

October is Archives Month!

October is American Archives Month! Each year, archives across the nation celebrate Archives Month by advocating for archives, planning events related to archives, and generally singing the praises of archives near and far. The Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA) assigns a theme for North Carolina’s Archives Month. This year’s North Carolina Archives Month theme, “Celebrating... more

The True Source of a Happy Life, 1909

This Religion in North Carolina blog post was written by Caroline Green, Religion in NC student assistant. An ever-growing barrage of self-help books attests to a modern fascination with achieving elusive happiness. Principles like minimalism, focus on others, and appreciation of small details prevail as themes when success is not mistaken for happiness. Titles like... more

The ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: G is for…

G is for… Needham Yancey Gulley Papers Needham Yancey Gulley, born June 3, 1855, was the son of a farmer in Jackson County, N.C. before starting at Wake Forest College in 1874. He earned his M.A. degree in 1879 and spent the next several years as a teacher, principal, and lawyer. Gulley married Alice Wingate,... more

Zion’s Landmark

This Religion in North Carolina blog post was written by Caroline Green, Religion in NC student assistant. In 1867, Pleasant Daniel Gold (1833-1920), a pastor of Wilson Primitive Baptist Church, began publishing the semi-monthly newsletter, Zion’s Landmark. The periodical served as a hub of information for subscribers who paid one dollar per year, including sermons,... more

Grant Announcement for the NC Baptist Historical Collection

Z. Smith Reynolds Library has received an EZ Digitization LSTA Grant from the State Library of North Carolina for $15,235. This project will provide funds for the description and digitizing of archival material that is part of the North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection at Wake Forest University. Nearly 100 linear ft. of original archival records... more

Martin Luther King, Jr. at Wake Forest

[O]n Thursday, October 11, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest College as part of the College Union Lecture Series.[i]  This was not the first time a black person had spoken on the campus, but it was the first time a black man had been invited to speak after... more

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