Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

Transferring Records to the University Archives–It’s That Time of Year!

As we come to the end of the semester, the University Archives (Special Collections & Archives, 625 Z. Smith Reynolds Library) would like to remind all faculty and staff that we welcome the transfer of records and papers from university offices. We also encourage students to donate materials which document their time and experiences at... more

A New Cart for Special Collections

We in Special Collections recently pulled a bit of a MacGyver to help transport oversize paper items a bit more easily, and Preservation Librarian Craig Fansler and I are here to boast about it. When historians think of archives, they often think of labeled boxes full of labeled folders, perhaps not easy to carry but... more

Resolution of Appreciation from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Last week, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina awarded Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s Special Collections & Archives a resolution of appreciation. There was a small private ceremony attended by President Hatch, Provost Kersh, Dean Pyatt, and SCA Director Tanya Zanish-Belcher. We are honored for the recognition and will continue to provide excellent reference services to... more

Digitizing the Baptist Church and Association Files Collection

The Baptist Church and Association Files is ZSR’s next major digital collection on the horizon. Currently in production, this will be the newest addition to our growing online treasury of resources covering the history of Baptist churches and Baptist church associations in North Carolina. As one of the more heavily used resources within ZSR’s Special Collections... more

Happy American Archives Month! Celebrating University Records

Happy American Archives Month, everyone! I am sure you are celebrating by throwing away any unnecessary papers crowding your desk and organizing the important ones so you can find them later!!! (a little archivist joke, forgive me) As an archivist, I always am excited meet folks who are familiar with my profession; and, if not,... more

Donor Based Strategies for Conservation Funding Symposium

This past Friday, Special Collections & Archives hosted over 30 archivists, curators, and development officers for the symposium “Donor Based Strategies for Conservation Funding.” Sponsored by ECS Conservation, Senior Conservator Matt Johnson worked with the SCA Team to develop the schedule and presentations. Attendees included representatives from East Carolina University, Elon University, Fayetteville University, Mint... more

October is American Archives Month!

October is American Archives Month! Each year, archives across the nation celebrate Archives Month by advocating for archives, planning events related to archives, and generally singing the praises of archives near and far. The Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA) assigns a theme for North Carolina’s Archives Month. This year’s North Carolina Archives Month theme, “North... more

Exhibit Commemorates World War I

In 1917, the United States Congress approved a resolution declaring war on the German empire, and Americans suddenly became active participants in the Great War raging in Europe. The First World War was a watershed event in American and world history, and ZSR Special Collections & Archives commemorates the war’s 100th anniversary with an exhibit... more

Intermediate Book Repair Workshop in ZSR Preservation Lab

On Friday, September 29th, I taught a book repair workshop, sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) in my Preservation Lab. This workshop was an intermediate workshop, so we tackled several complex procedures. The attendees came from east and west: East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN), Tryon Palace (New Bern, NC), Appalachian State... more

Gerrit van Gelderen, Dutch Artist in Ireland

Gerrit van Gelderen (1926-1994) was a Dutch artist who moved to Ireland after World War II and made it his home. Van Gelderen was a multi-talented naturalist, wildlife broadcaster, film-maker, illustrator and cartoonist. Van Gelderen was born in August 1926 in Rotterdam and attended the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. He moved to... more