This annual report was submitted to the Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions (ALABI).

The North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection had another productive year for 2023. Among its activities were the following:

SCA hired Marcia Phillips as Metadata Technician (member of the Baptist State Convention of NC History Committee/Coordinator of the Davie Co. Public Library Martin-Wall Local History Room) to create metadata records for the CLIR-funded Recordings at Risk Grant. She has created nearly 343 records and will also review the 649 metadata records created previously for any quality control issues. The recordings document the American evangelical movement and contain presentations by prominent Southern Baptist pastors and church representatives at evangelical conferences and annual meetings of the Convention.

Digitizing Baptist files:
The Baptist Church Association files continue to be digitized and nearly 13,000 pages were scanned. We will finish the collection with box 193 in 2024. We are also in the process of reorganizing the Biblical Recorder digital content and hope to make it available through Quartex in 2024. Special thanks are due to our Digital Collections Librarian, Melde Rutledge, and our SCA student assistants for completing this work.

In addition, WFU worked with Backstage to digitize 25 reels of microfilm for the Hayes Barton, Angier, and Apex Baptist Churches. We also continued digitizing selected materials from the collection of Reverend Harold McKinnish, who served as pastor or interim pastor at 10 different Baptist churches in western North and South Carolina. The Digitization Lab has begun work on scanning the records of the Wake Forest Baptist Church (Wake Forest University/Winston-Salem). The church, which closed in 2022, donated funds for the digitizing of nearly 24 linear ft.

Processing, Reference, and Outreach:
During 2023, we accessioned 8 accretions (nearly 8 linear ft.) for Baptist collections and received numerous publications for addition to our collection of monographs and serials. Eastern Mennonite University also donated Baptist monographs for our collection.

We responded to 147 research requests/visitors for our Baptist collections. A special thank you to Public Services Archivist Rebecca Petersen May and Processing and Reference Assistant Emily Houlditch for handling many of these reference requests.

Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director-Special Collections & Archives, Wake Forest University