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Digital Collections

  • Interviews with and photographs of retired Wake Forest faculty describing life and work on campus.

  • Recorded Readings by A. R. Ammons from ZSR Library's Special Collections.

  • Ephemeral materials related to individuals associated with Wake Forest University and/or Baptist communities of North Carolina.

  • Digital reproductions of books held in the Special Collections & Archives of Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University.

  • Eight bound scrapbooks in which students and other visitors have written their thoughts and reminiscences about their time at Casa Artom.

  • Materials related to the meeting between professor and alumus Charles Lee Smith and Mohandas Gandhi in 1924.

  • Civil War era poetry broadsides.

  • The printing blocks of the Dolmen Press Collection include wood engravings, wood cuts, linocuts, and various metal plates ranging in date from 1902 to 1985, with the bulk of the blocks dating from the mid-1960s to 1985. A number of Cuala Press printing blocks are also included. Major artists featured in the collection include Tate Adams, Jack Coughlin, Louis LeBrocquy, Elizabeth Rivers, and Leonard Baskin.

  • The Cigarette Cards collection consists of cards issued as advertisement for Duke Brothers and Company, Durham, N.C., and packed in Duke's cigarettes.

  • George L. Bright was a band member of the 46th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (or 46th OVI), an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Bright's diary details weather and marching conditions from January to September 1862 and in specific locations including Camp Logan, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; and Paducah, Kentucky. Bright's entries also note days when he played his horn for regimental funerals.

  • Film stills from selected films of Giuseppe De Santis (1917-1997), Italian film writer and director.

  • Civil War manuscript of Herbert E. Valentine.

  • The History of Wake Forest University Oral Histories collection (2013-ongoing) consists of audio and video interviews conducted by Z. Smith Reynolds Library's Special Collections & Archives and other university departments and programs.

  • The diaries and sermon notes of Ira W. Thomas, a Baptist minister in northwestern North Carolina.

  • Memoirs of missionary work by John Wesley Clay from 1924-1930.

  • Collection of signatures by famous composers and conductors.

  • 3 pencil and watercolor images by Joseph Severn.

  • The Lipe (or Leib) family lived in Deep Well (now Mooresville), Iredell County, North Carolina. The collection consists of 27 letters by 7 different Confederate soldiers, telling of their experiences in the Civil War. Includes a poem and unidentified notes. Correspondents include J. L. Lipe, George L. Kistler, W. A. Wallace, Thomas L. Purdie, R. M. Emerson, James C. Moore, Elburtus M. Kennerly, and Eliza Ann Lipe.

  • Lloyd Winchell Biebigheiser (1884-1961), an architect and designer working during the construction of Wake Forest College’s new Winston-Salem campus, documented the progress of the construction with more than 500 slide photographs. This collection provides a photographic history of nearly every aspect of the Reynolda campus construction.

  • A collection of music manuscripts from the collection of famed vaudevillians & performers Max and Gertrude Hoffman.

  • Stunning photographs from the collection of Max and Gertrude Hoffman of Vaudeville and many stage performances ranging from 1900 to 1956.

  • A short-run weekly publication focusing on activities of Winston-Salem society.

  • Finding aids and inventories of church records in the Department of Special Collections & Archives.

  • Digital copies of Old Gold and Black publications from 1916 through 2000.

  • On May 25, 1921, the Katharine Smith Reynolds’ Reynolda School produced a dramatic version of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha.

  • Selected digitized materials from the Ronald Watkins Collection.

  • Scanned images and transcripts of selected material from the Wait collection; digital finding aid for the entire collection.

  • These finding aids provide online access to inventories of the archival and manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department. The funding for the majority of these came through an NCECHO LSTA grant.

  • Early stage and film actors and actresses, performers, directors, and royalty from the 1880s through the 1930s.

  • Selections from Wake Forest's RG11.1: Audio Recordings: Reel to Reels collection.

  • This digital collection brings together the many and varied voices of Wake Forest--come listen to interviews, oral histories, and presentations from WFU administrators, alumni, staff, students, and faculty, including "Mr. Wake Forest" himself, Dr. Ed Wilson.

  • Class project focuses on faculty and staff work experiences.

  • Digital copies of Wake Forest University Magazine publications from 1928 to 1998.

  • The Wilbur J. Cash Collection at Wake Forest University consists of some of Cash's writings, including the Mind of the South in typescript, articles, review clippings, business, and personal correspondence of W.J. Cash and his wife Mary, photographs, and ephemera. Some of the items are here reproduced in digital format.

Additional Collections

  • Religion in North Carolina
    A collaborative digital project to provide access to publication of and about religious bodies in North Carolina via the Internet Archive. Materials in this collection include local church histories, periodicals, clergy biographies, cookbooks, event programs, directories, and much more. Z. Smith Reynolds Library is a contributing institution.
  • Biblical Recorder
    The official journal of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention, reflecting the history of Baptist life and culture in North Carolina since 1834.
  • Civil War in the American South
    A collaborative digital project to provide access to collection items from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held by members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). Materials in this collection include letters, diaries, printed broadsides, and songs. Z. Smith Reynolds Library is a contributing institution.
  • Digital Forsyth
    A collaborative digital project among Forsyth County Public Library, Old Salem Museum and Gardens, Winston-Salem State University’s C.G. O’Kelly Library, and Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Coy C. Carpenter Medical Library.
  • Howler Yearbooks
    Over 100 years of Wake Forest yearbooks available online via DigitalNC.
  • Catalogues and Bulletins
    Over 100 years of Wake Forest catalogues and bulletins available online via DigitalNC.
  • Commencement Programs
    Over 100 years of Wake Forest commencement programs available online via DigitalNC.
  • The Student
    10 years of The Student, the Wake Forest literary magazine available online via DigitalNC.
  • StoryCorps: Winston-Salem
    Please note that this collections is accessible only when connected to the Wake Forest University campus network. StoryCorps came to Winston-Salem in 2009, and 120 of the resulting interviews are included in this collection.
  • WFU Website Archive
    A collection of archived websites from the Wake Forest University domain available online via Archive-It.

If you have any questions, please contact Special Collections & Archives at 336-758-6175.