Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

Some Resources for Researching the Enslaved: A New ASERL Exhibit, Databases, and More

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) has just announced a new digital exhibit created and curated by the ASERL Special Collections Interest Group. This collaborative online exhibit recognizes the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans sold into bondage in the English Colonies and includes paper documents and records as well as... Continue reading “Some Resources for Researching the Enslaved: A New ASERL Exhibit, Databases, and More”

200 Years of George Eliot

Special Collections & Archives Room 625, ZSR Library Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:00-5:00 pm 200 Years of George Eliot Please join us for wine and light hors d’oeuvres and a special exhibit of books from our George Eliot collection, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of her birth. The exhibit will feature first editions of... Continue reading “200 Years of George Eliot”

LGBTQ History Month

October is LGBTQ history month and Special Collections is highlighting some of our LGBTQ materials in our collection. One year ago, we created our LGBTQ subject guide to assist our researchers and patrons. The subject guide is split into five categories: Documentary Films, University Publications and Records, Interviews, Books in Special Collections, and Local Publications.... Continue reading “LGBTQ History Month”

David Smiley’s Papers and the Legacies of the South

Special Collections and Archives recently digitized the collection of history professor David E. Smiley, who specialized in the history of the American South, dabbled in the history of Wake Forest, and taught Sunday school lessons on local radio station WFDD, among other things. Julia Ough, a recent Wake grad, completed that work and wrote about... Continue reading “David Smiley’s Papers and the Legacies of the South”

Walt Whitman Lecture and Pop-up Exhibit

ZSR Library hosted the inaugural DH@Wake Speaker Series event on September 24, featuring Dr. Kenneth Price of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Dr. Price spoke about his work co-founding and co-directing The Walt Whitman Archive, an expansive online resource which began in the 1990s and, has grown over the years to, well, contain multitudes (sorry, I... Continue reading “Walt Whitman Lecture and Pop-up Exhibit”

A Wake Forest Connection with African-American History

While reading the Winston-Salem Journal this past summer, I saw the familiar name of African-American artist David Bustill Bowser appearing in a reprinted Atlanta Journal Constitution article. Bowser, born in 1820 (d. 1900) and based in Philadelphia, made his living painting ornamental banners, portraits, and during the Civil War, flags for African-American Union regiments. Wake... Continue reading “A Wake Forest Connection with African-American History”

Artist’s Books and Calligraphy in Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives is hosting an exciting variety of artist’s books created by five women from our area. These books represent a variety of approaches to creating artist’s books as a form of expression. The artists are Sara Hiatt (Kernersville, NC), Anne Murray (Winston-Salem, NC), Robin Harper (Mebane, NC), Terry Schupach-Gordon (Shoals, NC) and... Continue reading “Artist’s Books and Calligraphy in Special Collections & Archives”

Histories of Wake Forest Resources Relating to Human Civil Rights

Through the month of August, I combed through the University Archives and Manuscript collections for resources invaluable to Civil Rights research. The subject guide that I created, “Histories of Wake Forest Resources Relating to Human Civil Rights,” will help our researchers delve into the history of civil rights at Wake Forest and in Winston-Salem. The... Continue reading “Histories of Wake Forest Resources Relating to Human Civil Rights”

DH@Wake Speaker Series: Dr. Kenneth Price on The Walt Whitman Archive

The ZSR Library DH@Wake Speaker Series, in conjunction with Special Collections & Archives and the Wake Forest Department of English, is pleased to host a lecture by Dr. Kenneth Price, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on Tuesday, September 24 at 4:00 pm in ZSR 404. A reception and Walt Whitman pop-up exhibit in the Special Collections Reading... Continue reading “DH@Wake Speaker Series: Dr. Kenneth Price on The Walt Whitman Archive”

October is Archives Month! Reception & Exhibit Opening

Maya Anglou Exhibit Opening and Archives Month Reception: Tuesday, October 1, 4:00-5:30 October is Archives Month! Join us in Special Collections & Archives to kick-off Archives Month, and celebrate the opening of our exhibit “50 Years of Caged Bird: An Exhibit from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Film & Theater Collection.” Light refreshments will be served. Facebook... Continue reading “October is Archives Month! Reception & Exhibit Opening”