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How does Home Movie Day work?

Thursday, November 6, 2014 5:23 pm

We’re counting down the days to the first ever Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day! How does Home Movie Day work? We’re glad you asked!

The Details

2014 Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day

WHAT: 2014 Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day
WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (Room 404), Wake Forest University
WHO: Sponsored by Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Davidson College’s E.H. Little Library, and A/V Geeks Transfer Services

Faculty, staff, and students of Wake Forest may park in lots that correspond with their parking decal. Visitors may park in any general or visitor parking lot on campus. See parking.wfu.edu and the Wake Forest University Parking Map [PDF] for more information.

Panel Discussion

We’re kicking off the event with a panel discussion from 1:00–2:00 p.m. about the historical and artistic value of home movies and other ephemeral film, as well as preservation tips so that our films can be enjoyed by future generations. Our panelists include:

  • Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Associate Archivist, Davidson College
  • Skip Elsheimer, Founder, A/V Geeks
  • David Spencer, Senior Curator of the Moving Image Archives and Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, UNC School of the Arts
  • Tyler Starr, Assistant Professor of Art, Davidson College

Your Films on the Big Screen

Following the panel discussion, we’ll start screening home movies. The heart of every Home Movie Day is seeing your films projected on the big screen. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors’ in turn. You are also welcome to drop in as you are able to see what others have to share. We will be sharing films from the collections of A/V Geeks, Davidson College, UNCSA, and Wake Forest. As a very special treat, Mr. Wake Forest himself (Provost Emeritus Edwin Graves Wilson) will speak as we show silent footage of Wake Forest’s original campus in Wake Forest, NC! Hope to see you there!

Wake Up The World: An Archival Journey

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:04 am

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Special Collections & Archives is teaming up with Global Programs & Studies (GPS) to host “Wake Up The World: An Archival Journey.”

This event will take place in the Special Collections & Archives Research Room (ZSR Room 625) on Thursday, October 23 from 4-5.

Join us as we celebrate National Archives Month and the history of Global Programs & Studies! Global Programs & Studies will give a brief program in honor of transferring their records to the University Archives. International and Study Abroad students will share about their experiences and additional information will be available.

The program begins at 4:15.  Refreshments will also be served!

Artist’s Talk with Ken Bennett, University Photographer

Friday, October 10, 2014 2:42 pm

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Mark your calendars! Special Collections & Archives is hosting an Artist’s Talk with University Photographer Ken Bennett on Wednesday, October 15th from 4:15-5:30.

As part of the “Worth a Thousand Words: Ken Bennett’s Photographs of ZSR” exhibit in Special Collections and Archives (Room 625, Z. Smith Reynolds Library), University Photographer Ken Bennett will share about his experiences documenting the Wake Forest campus. Light refreshments will be served.

The program will begin at 4:30. All are welcome to attend.

Save the date! Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day

Friday, October 10, 2014 10:31 am

The first ever Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 1:00–5:00 p.m. in the auditorium (Room 404) of Z. Smith Reynolds Library on the campus of Wake Forest University. This year’s event is sponsored by Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Davidson College’s E.H. Little Library, and A/V Geeks Transfer Services.

Members of the public are invited to bring in their own home movies to be screened and shared with other attendees. Formats accepted for on-site projection include 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm film. Depending upon the condition of the film, attendees will have the chance to view their own films on the big screen and will receive a free transfer of their film, thanks to equipment provided by A/V Geeks Transfer Services.

Now in its twelfth year, Home Movie Day is an international event held in local communities around the world. It provides an opportunity for participants to bring in their home movies, learn more about their own family films, and—most importantly—watch them and share them with others! Archivists and film transfer professionals are on-site to share information about how to care for films and videotapes so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Because they are local events, Home Movie Day screenings can focus on family and community histories in a meaningful way. This year’s event will be the first Home Movie Day ever to be hosted in the Piedmont Triad.

“Home movies capture so much of our lives—from footage of kids’ birthday parties, historic (now humorous) public service announcements, and full-length amateur films, to footage that we have of Wake Forest’s original campus in Wake Forest, NC that we have in our university archives,” says Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director of Special Collections and Archives at Z. Smith Reynolds Library. “Films provide unique perspectives on our society and capture important moments from our past. Yet they exist in many increasingly obsolete formats and often don’t find their way into the historical record. We look forward to celebrating and discussing how to preserve home movies as vignettes in time.”

For more information about the Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day on November 8, please contact Chelcie Rowell.

For more information about Home Movie Days around the world, visit the Home Movie Day website.

Let us know you’re coming! Please indicate your interest in attending Home Movie Day via our Facebook event or our Wake Forest University event (whichever you prefer) so that we can provide ample refreshments.

RSVP via Wake Forest University Events ›

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Early Issues of The Wake Forest Student now on DigitalNC

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:51 pm

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We are happy to announce that the first ten years of The Wake Forest Student is now available as a digital collection via DigitalNC. Begun in 1882 by the Euzelian Society, The Wake Forest Student is a fascinating slice of Wake Forest history. Read more about the DigitalNC project in the Digital North Carolina Blog.

We plan on continuing to work with DigitalNC to have all of the issues digitized in the coming months.

Author Event: Najla Said

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:54 pm

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Winston-Salem book lovers look forward every fall to the annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. This event, the largest annual book festival in North Carolina, brings nationally known authors to downtown Winston-Salem on the second weekend in September. This year Bookmarks will celebrate its 10th festival on Saturday, September 6. Wake Forest University and ZSR Library have been Bookmarks supporters since its beginnings.

This year the Wake Forest community will also have the opportunity to interact with Najla Said at ZSR Library on Friday, September 5.

At 10:00 a.m. Najla Said will give a presentation in the Library Auditorium (ZSR 404). Said’s book, Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family, is a memoir of her childhood and young adulthood as the daughter of renowned scholar Edward Said and his accomplished Lebanese wife. Her story is a very personal take on issues of racism, family dynamics, and ethnic identity, told with honesty and humor.

This event is cosponsored by the ZSR Library Lecture Series and the BookmarksAuthors in Schools program. This event is free and open to the public.

Najla Said  will also appear at the Bookmarks festival on September 6, along with Lev Grossman (The Magician’s Land), James McBride (The Good Lord Bird), Sam Kean (The Disappearing SpoonThe Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons), A. Scott Berg (Wilson: A Life), Rita Mae Brown, Robert Morgan, and many others. For more information, visit the Bookmarks website at http://www.bookmarksnc.org .

Exhibit Grand Opening and Reception with Ken Bennett

Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:49 pm

Ken Bennett Exhibit POster

Mark you calendars for two upcoming events.

Exhibit Grand Opening, Thursday, August 28th 4:30-5:30

Stop by for cookies and punch, and see the new exhibit in Special Collections & Archives: Worth a Thousand Words: Ken Bennett’s Photographs of Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Reception with Ken Bennett, Wednesday, October 15th 4:30-6:00

Special Collections & Archives will be hosting the event with the photographer and curator, Ken Bennett. Light refreshments will be served.

Both events will take place in the Special Collections & Archives Research Room (ZSR625).

Author Event: Lev Grossman

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 4:06 pm

We are very pleased to announce that on Friday, September 5 at 3:00 p.m., Special Collections & Archives will host a talk, Q&A, and book signing event with acclaimed fantasy novelist Lev Grossman.

Mr. Grossman will also be a featured author at the 10th annual Bookmarks Festival of Books, a free event happening in downtown Winston-Salem on Saturday, September 6. His Wake Forest appearance is co-sponsored by Bookmarks and ZSR Library as part of the Bookmarks Authors in Schools program. It is free and open to the public.

Mr. Grossman will discuss his new book The Magician’s Land, the third and final installment of his New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy.

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The Magicians trilogy is already being hailed as a modern classic of fantasy literature. And a recent review in the New York Times opined that

The Magician’s Land is the strongest book in Grossman’s series. It not only offers a satisfying conclusion to Quentin Coldwater’s quests, earthly and otherwise, but also considers complex questions about identity and selfhood as profound as they are entertaining.

Mr. Grossman is also the book critic and lead technology writer for Time magazine and has written for the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesSalon, Wired, and numerous other publications.

A book signing will follow the talk in Special Collections & Archives. Books will not be for  sale at the library but can be pre-ordered from Bookmarks and picked up at the event. All proceeds from these sales go to support Bookmarks and the Authors in Schools program. For more information, or to place an order, call 336-747-1471 or email info@bookmarks.org .

Devoted fans may also enjoy a special exhibit in the Special Collections and Archives reading room that showcases ZSR Library’s copies of several books featured in Mr. Grossman’s 2004 novel Codex!

The Special Collections & Archives reading room (ZSR 625) is located on the 6th floor of the ZSR Library Reynolds Wing.

For more information about this event, contact Megan Mulder.

Grant Funding Supports Research at ZSR Special Collections and Archives

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:27 pm

Applications are now being accepted for 2014-15 Special Collections and Archives research grants. The Provost’s Grant for Library Research and the ZSR Travel Grants provide financial support for visiting researchers who wish to use Wake Forest’s manuscripts, rare books, or archival collections.

Since its inception in 2009, the ZSR Special Collections and Archives grants program has brought researchers from all over the world to the Wake Forest campus. Recent recipients of Provost’s Grants include Dr. Edward Blum, San Diego State University; Dr. Wendy Raphael Roberts, University at Albany SUNY; Dr. Saverio Giovacchini, University of Maryland at College Park; and Dr. Alan Libert, University of Newcastle, Australia.

The ZSR research grants have an obvious benefit for the researchers who receive financial support. But the program also has a lasting impact on the Wake Forest community, as the visiting scholars share their projects and discoveries while on campus. Although many of our grant recipients are college and university faculty, our researchers have also included students, journalists, authors, and documentary filmmakers. We welcome applications from researchers whose projects make creative use of our special collections and archival resources.

For more information about the library research grants, please contact Megan Mulder, Special Collections Librarian, at mulder@wfu.edu or 336-758-5091.

Wake Forest’s Endangered Artifact

Thursday, May 1, 2014 2:22 pm

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Special Collections and Archives is honored to be included in the North Carolina Preservation Consortium’s list of North Carolina’s Most Endangered Artifacts. You may have already ready about the “discovery” of our Philomathesian Banner in Wake Forest Magazine. You can read more about the history of the banner and the plans for conservation as well as see the other “Most Endangered” North Carolina artifacts at the NCPC website.


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