Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

Kingswood School Career Day

On Friday, November 15, Special Collections & Archives hosted a Career day for the K-5 students at the Kingswood School at Crossnore here in Winston-Salem. Tanya and I (Rebecca) have been meeting with Bianca Brown, the Instructional Facilitator at Kingswood School, over the past year to plan programming for the Kingswood School. For those who... Continue reading “Kingswood School Career Day”

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies History Panel

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404, 4:00-6:00pm In honor of Women’s History Month there will be a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies History Panel featuring founding faculty of the Women’s Studies department to discuss the creation and evolution of the program since the 1980s. Speakers will include Professors Mary DeShazer, Anne Boyle,... Continue reading “Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies History Panel”

A.R. Ammons Watercolors Showcased at Poetry Foundation

Chicago is the locale where one of WFU’s most distinguished alumni, A. R. Ammons, is currently being honored with an exhibit that includes 20 of his watercolor paintings dating from the late ‘70s. The exhibition opening occurred at the headquarters of the Poetry Foundation on January 9, and will continue on display until April 30.... Continue reading “A.R. Ammons Watercolors Showcased at Poetry Foundation”

Exhibit and Opening Reception for Books, Authors, and Readers in 18th Century England

An exhibit of materials from the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Rare Books Collection, designed by students from Dr. Jessica Richard’s Fall 2019 Eighteenth-Century British Fiction class Opening reception: Friday, January 24 4:00-5:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Exhibit Facebook Event|Reception Facebook Event | University Calendar Exhibit | University Calendar Reception Continue reading “Exhibit and Opening Reception for Books, Authors, and Readers in 18th Century England”

Hop Into History! Spring 2020

HOP INTO HISTORY! Join us from 5-6:30pm at Hoots Beer Company for Hop into History! Chat with archivists from WFU, WSSU, FCPL, and Reynolda to learn more about what types of materials we have in our archives. HISTORY IS FOR EVERYONE!! The exhibit will be kid friendly, and we will have coloring pages for kids... Continue reading “Hop Into History! Spring 2020”

Remembering Archie’s Poetry

The Ed and Emily Wilson Archie Ammons event will be held in Special Collections & Archives (Room 625, Z. Smith Reynolds Library) on January 26, 3:00-4:30. An afternoon of poetry and remembrances of the poet A.R. Ammons, whom everyone learned to call Archie, presented by Ed and Emily Wilson. Archie and his family spent the 1973-1974 school year at Wake Forest University,... Continue reading “Remembering Archie’s Poetry”

Wake Forest Revisits WWII

On D-Day (June 6, 1944), more than 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops landed on the Nazi occupied coast in northern France, and by day’s end, nearly 10,000 Allied troops were either killed, wounded or missing. The 75th anniversary of D-Day was marked on June 6, 2019 and knowing the impact both D-Day and the ... Continue reading “Wake Forest Revisits WWII”


Expanding the reach of our Digital Collections is a steady aim at ZSR. An effective strategy to achieve this is by contributing to publically accessible platforms that bring together digital collections on locally focused compilations such as Digital Forsyth, and national stages like (DPLA) Digital Public Library of America. Most recently is our new role... Continue reading “ZSR Joins ATLA”

Student Voices and Oral History

This past Summer, Special Collections and Archives (SCA) director Tanya Zanish-Belcher approached me about working with some of their oral histories to look at the viability of using Doug A Boyd’s Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) with their collections. At my previous university, we used OHMS for our oral histories, and I had prepared some... Continue reading “Student Voices and Oral History”

George Eliot at 200

On this day 200 years ago the third child of an estate manager was born in rural Warwickshire, England and christened Mary Anne Evans. We know her better as George Eliot, the nom de plume she adopted when she began to publish works of fiction in her late 30s. As George Eliot, she changed the... Continue reading “George Eliot at 200”