Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

Alumni Hop Into History at Foothills Tasting Room

Last Wednesday night, Special Collections & Archives collaborated with Stephen Edwards and the folks from Alumni Engagement to host an alumni, friends, and family version of “Hop Into History!” Hop Into History is the brainchild of UNCG University Archivist Erin Lawrimore and involves coordinating a pop-up archival exhibit at a local brewery. Archivists from UNCG,... more

ABCs of Special Collections: I is for…

I is for … Ira W. Thomas Papers Ira W. Thomas was a Wake Forest alumnus who went on to become a Baptist minister in northwestern North Carolina. In 1872, Thomas began his ministerial career working as a teacher and itinerant minister for Baptist Churches across Alexander and Iredell Counties. He later settled in Caldwell County... more

Stabilizing World War I Posters

Special Collections & Archives holds a small collection of posters from World War I. The posters vary in size from 17 x 22″ to 48 x 62″. The images are created from original artwork by a range of talented artists, such as Jessie Willcox Smith, Howard Chandler Christy and James Montgomery Flagg. These artists defined... more

Newly Published Collections in Spring 2017

I’m excited to share the long lists of collections that are newly processed or whose collection overviews and inventories have been upgraded in the first five months of 2017. Eight student assistants work on processing Special Collections materials, along with myself and occasional assistance from the rest of the Special Collections team (archival work takes... more

Congratulations to Special Collections & Archives graduates! #WFUGrad

A huge congratulations to our four graduating seniors! Kelli Johnson, Mia Harris, Tara Coady, and Juno Zhu have dedicated time from their busy schedules and studies to work in Special Collections & Archives. We are sad to see them graduate, but know they all have very bright futures ahead of them. All of us here in... more

What Are You Working On? with Juno Zhu

Today we’re highlighting our last student assistant for this school year – our fourth graduating student assistant, Juno Zhu. Juno began working for us last summer and acclimated quickly to archival work tasks. Here is what she has to say about her work here: My name is Juno Zhu and I am a senior majoring... more

What Are You Working On? with Tara Coady

Special Collections & Archives would like to continue highlighting the extensive work that our student assistants do on a daily basis to help us provide access to the records of the University and other manuscript collections. Soon-to-graduate senior Tara Coady began working with us in Special Collections & Archives as a student assistant in 2016,... more

Reminder: Time to Transfer Records and Papers to the University Archives

As we come to the end of the semester and the academic year, the University Archives (Special Collections & Archives, 625 Z. Smith Reynolds Library) would like to remind all faculty and staff that we welcome the transfer of records and papers from university offices. We also encourage students to donate materials which document their... more

Duke Tobacco Company Cigarette Cards added to Deeply Rooted

ZSR’s Duke Tobacco Company Cigarette Cards digital collection was recently added to the Deeply Rooted shared digital collection project, spearheaded by the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). We submitted the Duke Tobacco Company Cigarette Cards last month following ASERL’s call for content. This collaborative effort consists of “primary source research materials describing economic, technological,... more

History of Wake Forest University Timeline

Over the past several months, Special Collections & Archives (ZSR Library) has been creating and compiling (from numerous sources) a University Timeline documenting important events in Wake Forest history. Timeline entries were drawn from numerous historical sources and more recent timelines developed by students and faculty, with the hope of providing a unique window into... more


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