Special Collections & Archives continued its regular work throughout 2021, including hosting exhibits and online outreach events; collections acquisitions, cataloging, digitizing, and processing; and answering reference questions and developing resources for our patrons. I would like to thank and commend the entire SCA Team for their accomplishments and dedication over the past year!

Collaborative Exhibits:

Research Room Exhibit (September 2021-June 2022): Handmade: Sculpture Wake Forest Art Collections (Curated by Quinn Whitman)

Research Room Exhibit (March 2020-September 2021): Comacina: Improvisations and Variations (Curated by Paul Bright)

Collaborative Events and Presentations/Total Attendance: 1,039

A Celebration of Songs of Wake Forest: A Book of Tributes (January)

Comacina Presentation and Live Q & A (February)

From Tigers to Speedos: Athletic Artifacts from ZSR Library and the Wake Forest Historical Museum (March)

Glimpses of Gertrude: Piecing Together the Life of a Vaudeville Performer (April)

Irish Authors and Printers at Wake Forest (April)

Bookmarks: Author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (September)

“Sundays @ ZSR” Outreach event (September)

Family Weekend Friday Afternoon Open House (October)

Deacon Brews, Wise Man Brewing (October)

Homecoming 1968 Football Team Reunion (October)

Homecoming Strings Event (October)

Homecoming SCA Popup Strings Exhibit (October)

Homecoming Festival Table (October)

History of Wake Forest Campus Style (November)

Ed Southern, Fight Songs: A Story of Love and Sports in a Complicated South (December)

Special Projects:

Board of Trustees Minutes (1892-1920): conservation and digitizing (EHS, Greensboro)

New Subject Guides Available: Historical Resources on Infectious Diseases; Move to Winston-Salem; Studying Winston-Salem


Accessions: 107 (Physical: 443.76 linear ft; Digital: 140212.22 MB)

New finding aids: 36

Updated finding aids: 209

Metadata records: 175

Donations and Transfers: President Hatch, Presidential Signatures Collection, Senator Richard Burr Papers, Deacon Experiences: COVID-19, Dean of Students Records, Bill Leonard Papers, Harold McKinnish Papers, Eva Rodtwitt Papers, Senior Colloquium Records, Strings Sorority Records, URECA, Dr. Wilson Papers

Digitization Lab:

Objects Digitized: 43,468

Total Files Uploaded: 2,390

Metadata Records: 541


Special Collections/General Collection Repairs and Housing: 983

Public Outreach/Total Contacts: 1,529

Instruction: 333

Donor Contacts: 128

Liaisons/Other contacts: 38

Visitors/Reference Requests: 1,030

Rare Book Cataloging/Updates:

Original and complex cataloging: 163 titles (62 original)

60,286 SCA Bib records modified/created (includes new titles)

84,194 SCA records modified (includes new items)

5,000 holdings records modified

Rare Book Purchases:

Sinister Wisdom: a journal of words and pictures (4 early issues; Lesbian literary journal founded by two women from Charlotte)

The Fashionable World Displayed, by John Owen (London, 1804)

Special Collections Hosts a Conversation Between President Susan R. Wente and Dr. Ed Wilson
(July 2021)