Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

Sneak Preview: New Digital Collection to Illustrate Wake Forest History

Students are currently in the ZSR Digitization Lab working on the library’s latest digitization project, featuring historic photographs of Wake Forest University’s deep history. Digitization of the University Archives Photograph Collection began in February, and captures images of people, places and events dating back as early as 1881. The photos in this collection will include past... more

Pauline Bewick, Irish Art Treasure

Pauline Bewick (b. September 4, 1935) Pauline was born in Bat Cottage, Corbridge, Northumberland, the second daughter of Alice Bewick (known as Harry). Pauline Bewick describes a delightful childhood and remembers walking to school barefoot as a girl. Each student had to bring a piece of “turf” (peat moss) for the fire at the school.... more

What Are You Working On?

Special Collections & Archives would like to continue highlighting the extensive work that our student assistants do on a daily basis. Senior Kelli Johnson has worked in Special Collections & Archives for four years. Here’s a little something she wrote describing the work she does in Special Collections & Archives. I’m Kelli Johnson and I’m... more

Entering the Houses of History: Writing in the Archives

Just before the Fall 2016 semester began, Professor Kt Leuschen approached Special Collections & Archives about a class she would be teaching in the Fall titled “WRI111 Entering the Houses of History: Writing in the Archives.” Her ideas for the class included having the students learn about archival materials and archival research in Special Collections &... more

A Portrait of Domestic Slavery in the United States, by Jesse Torrey (1817)

At the age of 17 years, convinced of the inestimable benefits of reading useful books, I anxiously desired that they might, if possible, be extended to the great mass of the human family; and endeavored to discover some effective plan for this purpose. . . . Hence the suggestion occurred that governments, or associations of... more

The Wake Forest Student: Catalog Cards Receive Digital Revival

The traditional use of catalog cards has been phased out of most modern libraries. However, catalog cards associated with The Wake Forest Student have been given new life—in digital form. This will benefit researchers who are trying to unearth the hidden works tucked away within the university’s historic literary magazine. We began uploading these digitized... more

Surviving Records of NC Baptist Churches Now Online

This January, the North Carolina Baptist Church Records became the newest online digital collection to emerge from ZSR’s North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection. As of today the records of 60 church congregations are available online—spanning as far back as the 1700’s. The remaining churches have also had their materials digitized, and are currently in the... more

Congressional Papers Donated by Alumna

Special Collections & Archives proudly announces the donation of the U.S. Representative Donna Edwards Congressional Papers to the University. A native of Yanceyville, N.C., Edwards (’80) earned her WFU degree in English and Spanish. After working for Lockheed Corporation at the Goddard Flight Center with the Spacelab Program, she earned a law degree from the... more

Picturing the Gothic: “Leonora,” by Gottfried Augustus Bürgher, illustrated by Diana Beauclerk (1796)

If you’re feeling Gothic in 2017, you’ll have an extra month to visit ZSR’s classic works of Gothic lit like The Castle of Otranto, Frankenstein, and Dracula. The ZSR Special Collections exhibit Deep Into that Darkness Peering has been extended until March 1. Stop by Special Collections & Archives (ZSR 625) any time during our... more

Newly Processed and Updated Collections

Across the past semester, I and an intrepid group of student workers have been spending time making collections fully available via our collection inventories, also known as finding aids, available online. We processed or added new materials to the following manuscript and University record collections during the last semester: G. McLeod (Mac) Bryan Papers (MS364)... more


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