Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

Save the Date! Donor Based Strategies for Conservation Funding

Please save the date! On Friday, October 13, Special Collections & Archives (Z. Smith Reynolds Library), Wake Forest University, will host a day-long symposium, Donor Based Strategies for Conservation Funding. This event, sponsored by ECS Conservation (HF Group, Greensboro, NC), will bring together archivists, curators, and librarians to discuss various methods of engaging potential funding sources for... more

Dolmen Printing Plates Processing Adventure: Part 3

For my final post in this three–part series about the Dolmen Collection Printing Plates processing project, I want to share some observations about the collection. First of all, why does this collection matter? To answer this for myself, I thought about the most unique thing I had seen over the course of the project. The... more

Dolmen Printing Plates Processing Adventure: Part 2

When we last left off, I had spent many hours (hundreds?) creating data while processing the collection. Now I had to clean up my own work. I should mention, I have not yet earned my master’s in library and information science. I am due to begin this September at University College Dublin in Ireland. As... more

Dolmen Printing Plates Processing Adventure: Part 1

The Dolmen Press was an Irish publishing house active from 1951-1987, founded and run by Liam Miller and his wife, Josephine Miller. The Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University acquired the Dolmen’s design work, printing plates, correspondence and administrative papers in the late 1980s. This is a treasure trove of Irish poetry, the... more

What Are You Working On? with Megan Franks

In addition to the student assistants who work in Special Collections & Archives, we are fortunate to have a few Wake alumni who also support the department’s work; many are graduate students in library science, so we’re able to provide some experience and mentoring in their field. This week we are bidding farewell to Megan... more

Announcing the Odessa A. Memory Collection of Riverton, N.C., History

John M. Memory recently donated a collection of materials compiled by his mother, Odessa A. Memory, to Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University.  These materials collected by Odessa Memory document people and places around the Riverton area, a rural part of Scotland County, North Carolina. The Odessa A. Memory Collection... more

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


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