Happy Homecoming, Deacs! Special Collections & Archives has some fun and exciting events, exhibits, and collections that might make your pilgrimage back to Mother So Dear that much more nostalgic. Enjoy our Homecoming Open House or visit our World War 1 exhibit if you are on campus. If you didn’t make the trip this year, spend some time looking through the University Archives Photograph Collection or browsing the online exhibit Coming Home to Mother So Dear, Wake Forest Homecoming & Reunions or find yourself and your classmates in the digitized Howler yearbooks or The Old Gold & Black newspaper.

Special Collections and Archives Homecoming Open House

Friday, September 15, 3-5pm

Location: ZSR Library – Special Collections & Archives Research Room (625)

Come discover, come see all that we have in store for you in our Special Collections and Archives corner of the ZSR Library! We have an abundance of materials, manuscripts, rare books, and histories galore … including our beloved WFU. We have countless collections … we have a plethora of memorabilia showcasing the largest of world events to the smallest of seemingly inconsequential of happenings. We would love to introduce you to authors, inventors, artists, preachers, presidents and professors as you experience one of our behind-the-scenes special tours and activities we have planned for you during your WFU Campus Homecoming Weekend visit! Please stop by!

Exhibit – Testaments of War: World War 1 in Literature, Art, and Memoir

September 21, 2017 – January 31, 2018

Location: ZSR Library – Special Collections & Archives Research Room (625)

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war on Germany, which sent thousands of Americans to the front lines in France. The American soldiers, nurses, doctors, volunteers, and others who experienced the Great War came home profoundly changed, and this exhibit traces the effects of the war experience on the art and literature of the 1920s and 30s.

The exhibit is on view in the Special Collections & Archives reading room (ZSR 625) and is open to the public 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mondays – Fridays throughout the fall semester.

Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment. Class visits and guided tours are also available. Please contact archives@wfu.edu or call 336-758-6175 for more information.

University Archives Photograph Collection

Online Digital Collection

We have added hundreds of historic Wake Forest images illustrating the university’s rich past. Recently added images cover Wake Forest presidents, alumni, special events, notable visitors to the campus, and our very own Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Read more about the collection and how we are getting it online here.

Coming Home to Mother So Dear, Wake Forest Homecomings & Reunions

Online Digital Exhibit

Homecoming at Wake Forest has always been a gala affair. The festivities no longer include a debate between Philomathesian Society and the Euzelian Society, but every year, alumni return to campus to cheer on the football team and to reunite with their cohort and the campus community. This Anthology includes archival materials related to homecoming at Wake Forest from years 1932 to 2008. Read more about the project here.

The Howler Yearbook

Online Digital Collection

Still being printed annually, The Howler Yearbook was first published in 1903. Created by the students of Wake Forest, the yearbook documents campus organizations, events, athletics, academic departments, and students on a yearly basis.

The Old Gold & Black

Digital Archive and online publication

The Old Gold & Black (OGB) is published weekly during the academic year by students. The first issue was printed in 1916, and has been a place where literary Deacs have honed their journalism skills. Notable alumni who worked on the OGB include: W.J. Cash, Gerald Johnson, Al Hunt, and Harold Hayes.