Presidential Trust Program
Strengthening Our Research Collection
In 2006, President Hatch created the Presidential Trust for Faculty Excellence to support faculty and research. The Library is fortunate to receive 10% of the funds raised in this initiative. Through the generosity of the Wake Forest Community, the Library has purchased valuable resources and funded a series of "Presidential Grants" used to fund diverse collection development projects. The following are just some of the resources we have been able to purchase:
Corpus Christianorum: This longstanding project produces critical editions of texts by Christian authors from Late Antiquity till the end of the Middle Ages, with the expectation that they will serve as reference-works of first resort for scholars worldwide. This grant will fill gaps in the library’s collection of Corpus Christianorum.
Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers: This database provides access to approximately 1.7 million pages of primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life, among other subjects.
Assessment, Blended Learning, and Higher Education: This grant will support the efforts of the Teaching and Learning Center in assisting faculty in three areas: assessing student learning; incorporating technology to enhance student learning; and teaching and learning in higher education.
Diasporas and other movements of peoples: There is increasing interest across disciplines in the area of the movement of peoples, permanently, as in the case of migration and immigration or temporarily as in the case of refugees, human trafficking and political exiles. This grant will work to find resources on these topics primarily published in the last 5 years that have slipped through the cracks of various disciplines. The focus will be on topics that are more specialized, such as retirement migrations, European migration issues, displacements as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, refugee and exile studies, human trafficking, the economics of these issues, etc.