Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

Getting the Collections to the People

We’re always working hard here, behind the scenes in Special Collections and Archives, to make our materials accessible to researchers of all kinds. Collection information that is found in our finding aids, for example this overview and collection inventory for the Office of the Provost, Edwin G. Wilson Records, helps SCA faculty and staff as... more

Google Docs Are Records, Too: Archiving Born-Digital Objects

Think about your family mementos that carry historical significance: letters between loved ones, diaries, textbooks, photographs, perhaps quilts, furniture, or other handmade objects. While we still keep some of these, with some regularity, a lot of us are recording our daily activities electronically. So, as archivists, we’re concerned with getting documentation, these mementos of history,... more

LGBTQ Subject Guide for Special Collections & Archives Materials

The newly published LGBTQ subject guide was created to celebrate Queer History Month, which occurs every October and includes National Coming Out Day on October 11th. We hope this list of materials can help you with any of your current or future LGBTQ research. To begin this LGBTQ subject guide, I began by using Wake... more

Bible Versals Exhibit In Special Collections

One current exhibit in the Special Collections Reading room is composed of calligraphy from the local Encore Group. This group is ably led by Joyce Teta, who is an excellent teacher and well-respected calligrapher from Winston-Salem. The group is composed of calligraphers and bookmakers with beginning to advanced students and teachers. Joyce gave members of... more

Tales from Summer: Unexpected Encounters with “Common” Objects

Senior Anna Hathcock, a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives who is often found at our reference desk, had some archives-related adventures on a research trip this summer. She graciously agreed to detail some bits about her trip and experience here, so read on! This summer, I was in Stockholm, Sweden for 11 weeks... more

Introduction to Special Collections & Archives

With the start of a new school year, we frequently hear: “So, I have a question for Special Collections & Archives, who should I contact first? If you are interested in learning more about who does what in Special Collections & Archives, please see this post which provides details about staff responsibilities. Most important is... more

Bookmarks Festival Demonstration

Bookmarks sponsored a series of book arts-related demonstrations at their Festival this past weekend, and I was happy be invited to participate. No one was protesting at the Bookmarks Festival this weekend. There were a series of demonstrations related to books, however, which I was privileged to be part of. I completed a series of... more

ABCs of Special Collections: L is for…

This ABCs blog post was written by Nancy Sullivan, Volunteer in Special Collections & Archives. L is for… Laurence Stallings Papers Having a prolific writing career that spanned five decades and a most interesting and accomplished life, one quickly concludes that a blog post about Laurence Tucker Stallings can only be a “tip of the... more

Fall Events in Special Collections & Archives

Exhibit: The Art of Documentation: From Research to Publication June 1 – September 28 Location: Special Collections & Archives Research Room (625) This exhibit introduces you to the wide range of WFU faculty expertise and experience in their areas of research. Different disciplines ranging from anthropology, chemistry, and history are presented. The exhibit includes primary... more

NC Baptist Historical Collection Update (Special Collections & Archives)

Special Collections & Archives (SCA) is well known for its North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection which contains materials on Southern, Missionary, Primitive, African-American, Union, and Alliance of Baptist churches. The collections include over 16,000 books, periodicals, association annuals and other printed materials, church records, association minutes, church vertical files, and more than 12,000 biographical folders... more