It’s that time of year to share an update on everything Special Collections & Archives was able to accomplish in 2023. First and foremost, I would like to recognize the SCA team: Alayna, Ashelee, Beth, Craig, Emily, Kate, Marcia, Megan, Melde, Rebecca, and Stephanie as well as our student curatorial associates Parker and Tsing and two volunteers, Kevin and Nancy, and thank them all for their hard work. We also appreciate all of the help we receive from our ZSR colleagues and fabulous student employees (over 20 of them) who assist in answering reference questions, digitizing materials, shifting collections, and creating buttons and magnets.

As SCA continues to grow in collections, digital resources, and programming, I would like to extend a special thanks to all of our donors and supporters who make collection and financial donations, come to our events, and appreciate what we do–while this report focuses on numbers, so much of what we do is not quantifiable. Our work is about building community and connecting Wake Foresters of the past, present, and the future.


Exhibit Opening Receptions; Dr. Wilson 100th Birthday Party; Black History Month Speakeasy with the Intercultural Center; Maya Angelou Garden Party; Piedmont Earth Day Fair; Bookmarks Author Celeste Ng; Homecoming Festival on the Quad; Strings Homecoming Event; Family Weekend Open House; Family Weekend Open House; Deacon Brews


Hosted Presentations and Screenings

Donation-Supported Projects

Expanded Voices–Curatorial Associate: Parker Beverly

  • 17 interviews conducted
    • Interviewees range from graduating seniors and faculty members to graduate students and staff.
    • Connected with various groups for interviews like AWFUBA
  • 3 classes collaborated w/oral history project and produced personal oral histories and of others connected to Wake Forest and the Winston-Salem community
  • Began implementation of TheirStory (oral history software platform)
    • 5 completed collections
    • Over 1000 minutes or oral histories housed in the new system

Houck Medford Curatorial Associate. Tsing Liu (’23)


Yadkin Cultural Arts Center (Yadkinville, NC)

Special Collections & Archives (Room 625)



  • 77 230.51 linear ft. (130 ft. from Burr) and 3007.15 megabytes

Digital Collections

  • Local (ZSR_Production): 7.27 TB; 475,122 files
  • AWS: 9.8 TB; 514,022 files
  • Patron requests: 4,552
  • Digitization Projects: 15,575
  • Metadata Records created: 551

Processed or Inventoried

  • 446 linear ft. (167 linear ft. from Burr)
  • 112 finding aids edited
  • 42 new finding aids published


  • General Collections repairs: 394
  • Special Collections & Archives repairs/rehousing: 2,581

Rare Book Cataloging/Updates

  • MARC records (original): 66
  • Bib History Created: 5 (collections)
  • Bib History Updated: 2,000
  • Items Created: 1,500
  • Items Updated: 7,000
  • Offsite Permanent Transfers: 181 collections boxes; 2,850 books/periodical boxes
  • Offsite Reference Transfers: 120 items

Public Outreach

  • Campus Instruction: 1,405 (124 classes)
  • Donor Contacts: 105
  • Reference Requests (including Research Room visitors): 1,782

Digital/Social Media Activities

  • Blog postings: 31
  • Facebook: 474 Followers
  • Instagram: 1,003 Followers
  • Tumblr: 980 followers
  • Twitter: 729 Followers