Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

Updating Tools and Testing New Ovens: Changes to Collections Management in SCA

New (fiscal) year, new… collections management tool. As I mentioned in my recent post about newly processed collections, SCA and especially I have been busy adopting a new tool to help us manage our materials. Our collections management covers physical control of collections: how many boxes or oversize objects make up a collection, where all of... Continue reading “Updating Tools and Testing New Ovens: Changes to Collections Management in SCA”

Newly Processed and Recently Updated Collections, Spring 2019

Summer greetings! We’ve been working away at collections all semester, per usual, but this summer, Special Collections and Archives has had an exciting (to us) change: we’ve upgraded the software that we use to track and describe our materials, from the once-popular Archivists’ Toolkit software to the newer, more fully supported ArchivesSpace program. For now,... Continue reading “Newly Processed and Recently Updated Collections, Spring 2019”

Congratulations to the SCA UNCG MLIS Graduates!

Congratulations to the SCA (Special Collections & Archives) UNCG (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Studies) graduates Ashelee Gerald Hill and Finley Turner! Graduating in May 2019 and May 2018 respectively, Ashelee and Finley have also been working part time in Special Collections & Archives, proving themselves invaluable information... Continue reading “Congratulations to the SCA UNCG MLIS Graduates!”

Spring 2019 Book Repair Workshops

On April 24th at Archdale Public Library and April 25th at Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville , I taught back-to-back book repair workshops. These workshops are sponsored by the North Carolina State Library and are funded using LSTA Grant funding. The participants are primarily from public libraries and are eager for any knowledge they can... Continue reading “Spring 2019 Book Repair Workshops”

Triad History Day and the Garden Party to Honor Dr. Maya Angelou

Busy Weekend for Special Collections & Archives! This past weekend, Special Collections & Archives participated in two different outreach events around the Triad. We started the weekend on Saturday in Greensboro at the Greensboro History Center, and finished up on Sunday in Winston at Bailey Park. For those who didn’t make it out to the... Continue reading “Triad History Day and the Garden Party to Honor Dr. Maya Angelou”

Anna Hathcock Reports Her Experience Working in the Preservation Lab

Anna Hathcock Preservation Students Write about the Training and Experiences I asked my student assistants to write about their training experiences in Preservation. I have asked each one to write a short paragraph about their work experience. These students do great work and learn through experience the basic principles and best practices of Preservation and... Continue reading “Anna Hathcock Reports Her Experience Working in the Preservation Lab”

What Are You Working On: A Graduate Student Spring Breaks at WFU

Special Collections and Archives was pleased to host a graduate student from University of North Carolina at Greensboro over their spring break, something we’ve been able to do the past few years. This year, Damiana Fortenberry worked with Public Services Archivist Rebecca May and Preservation Library Craig Fansler across the week. Here’s more about her... Continue reading “What Are You Working On: A Graduate Student Spring Breaks at WFU”

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... Continue reading “The Role of Transparency in the Archives”

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... Continue reading “ZSR Staff Picks from the Digital Collections”

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... Continue reading “Paper Trails on the Silk Road”