Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

The Role of Transparency in the Archives

In Special Collections & Archives (SCA), we are continually focused on the discovery process and providing better and streamlined access to our many collections and materials. In 2016, we decided to create a historical timeline for Wake Forest, capturing the events and individuals from our past. In the process of creating our Historical Timeline, we... more

ZSR Staff Picks from the Digital Collections

We added a new section in our Digital Collections this month spotlighting unique items selected from our ZSR staff. Each month our new Staff Picks section will feature three handpicked items to showcase the array of materials within our Digital Collections. I had the pleasure of selecting our picks for the month of March. Dot... more

Paper Trails on the Silk Road

The Silk Road – the term coined in the 19th century for the network of Central Asian trade routes that flourished between roughly 200 B.C.E. and 1400 C.E. – today conjures up images of camel caravans carrying exotic luxury goods like silks, spices, porcelain, and perfumes. But the most important trade good on the Silk... more

Highlights from the WFU timeline

In 2017, I was tasked with creating a historical timeline of Wake Forest University for the ZSR Library Special Collections & Archives website. There are many published and unpublished sources of information about Wake Forest’s history. Special Collections & Archives’ goal was to make this information readily available online in a way that was easy... more

Spring Events in Special Collections & Archives

Events Hop into History at Hoots Tuesday, March 12, 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 5-6:30 p.m. Join us at Hoots Beer Company for Hop into History! Chat with archivists from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, Reynolda House, and Forsyth County Public Library about the materials as you enjoy a drink. Alumni & Friends Hop... more

Student Spotlight: Digitizing Eight Years of Old Gold & Black

Lawton Manning has worked in ZSR’s Digitization Lab since his freshman year. He has performed digitization and completed metadata on several projects, beginning with the University and N.C. Baptist Biographical Files Collection. He even remembers the name of the first person’s file that he digitized. “I remember the first file I worked on was that... more

Newly Published and Updated Collections, Winter 2019

I know it’s February but – happy new year! I’m here to provide a look at some newly published or recently updated finding aids for Special Collections and Archives manuscript and University records. Just in case your New Year’s resolutions include archival research, here are some collections that might attract your attention. The following is... more

Well Crafted NC: Documenting the Craft Beer Industry

ZSR’s Special Collections & Archives hosted Erin Lawrimore, UNCG University Archivist and Associate Professor, who presented yesterday on the project “Well Crafted NC: Documenting the Craft Beer Industry: The History, Business, and Culture of NC Beer.” Increasingly, archives and archivists are partnering with community businesses and organizations to document their shared history. An audience of... more

Martin Luther King, Jr. visits Wait Chapel, October, 1962

[O]n Thursday, October 11, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest College as part of the College Union Lecture Series.[i]  This was not the first time a black person had spoken on the campus, but it was the first time a black man had been invited to speak after... more

The Empowerment within University Archives: A Goodbye from Anna Hathcock

One of our students is graduating at the end of this semester and we wanted to bring our readers one last post about her work here. Senior Anna Hathcock has been with SCA since the fall of 2016 and has worked in nearly all aspects of SCA: public service at our reference desk, collections processing,... more