During May 2014

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou (1969)

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) never intended to write an autobiography. In 1968 she was active in the civil rights movement and had a busy and successful career as a poet, playwright, performer, and educator. A recent project–  writing, producing, and hosting the PBS series Blacks, Blues, Black— had brought her to California, where she met Jules... more

Grant Funding Supports Research at ZSR Special Collections and Archives

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... more

Buildings & Roads of WFU: A Student Perspective

Did you ever wonder who Jasper Memory was? Or want to know more about Bostwick Residence Hall? We have got the online exhibit for you! Special Collections & Archives is excited to release Buildings & Roads of Wake Forest University: A Student Perspective on our University’s History. This project started last summer when John Walsh, Class... more

Sutton Appointed Vice Provost

Dean Lynn Sutton, head of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library since 2004, has been named Vice Provost of the University effective July 1. She succeeds Jennifer Collins, who is leaving Wake Forest to become Dean of the Law School at Southern Methodist University. “These have been the best ten years of my professional life,” says... more

Bianca Artom Collection Finding Aid

A new finding aid is available for the Bianca Artom Collection. Mrs. Artom and her husband, Dr. Camillo Artom, fled fascist Italy in 1939. They came to Wake Forest, NC where he had been hired as chair of the biochemistry department at Wake Forest College Medical School. He was a world-renowned chemist whose study of... more

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

E is for.. Edmund Gamble Military Order This document, dated Aug. 16, 1779, is apparently an order to Edmond Gamble, Assistant Commissary, to take charge of the provisions for the Continental troops during the American Revolution. He was apparently commissioned by Governor Caswell of North Carolina, and served to the end of the war. To see this... more

Dream Big: Commencement at Wake Forest University Through the Years

Special Collections and Archives is honored to recognize the Class of 2014 with a new exhibit “Dream Big: Commencement at Wake Forest University Through the Years.” Commencement is the culmination of years of academic work, when Wake Forest graduates are recognized and introduced to the wider world. “Dream Big” is a visually dynamic exhibit featuring... more

ZSR Contributes Collections to the Digital Public Library of America

Earlier this year, ZSR Library began contributing items from ZSR Digital Collections to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). DPLA provides access to the digital collections of libraries, archives, museums and historical societies across the United States. DPLA home page The Wake Forest University contribution includes digitized copies of student newspapers, photographs, letters, diaries... more

Protecting Rare Volumes by Moving to Storage

These Chinese literary works are among the 27,000 titles that will be preserved in the ZSR off-site facility. Libraries have an obligation to preserve the written record for the benefit of humanity. At ZSR, that obligation is most keenly felt in cases where a ZSR book is one of the last remaining extant copies. The... more

ZSRx Tweets

Continuing in its ZSRx series of open, online courses for the Wake Forest community, the ZSR Library is excited to announce its newest course, ZSRx Tweets, a three-week guided exploration of Twitter, the popular social networking service. In this free course, Wake Forest Fellow Laura Chin will help you to get started with Twitter and... more