ABCs of Special Collections

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

ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: H is for…

This ABC’s of Special Collections blog post was co-authored by Special Collections and Archives intern Brittnee Worthy  H is for… William F. Higson Letter According to the 1961 Wake Forest Alumni Directory William F. Higson was a Wake Forest student from 1835-1836. From Hyde County, North Carolina, Higson’s manuscript collection is made up of one handwritten... more

The ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: G is for…

G is for… Needham Yancey Gulley Papers Needham Yancey Gulley, born June 3, 1855, was the son of a farmer in Jackson County, N.C. before starting at Wake Forest College in 1874. He earned his M.A. degree in 1879 and spent the next several years as a teacher, principal, and lawyer. Gulley married Alice Wingate,... more

The ABCs of Special Collections and Archives : F is for…

F if for… President Francis Pendleton Gaines (April 21, 1892- December 31, 1963) Dr. Francis Pendleton Gaines was unanimously selected to be the President of Wake Forest College in 1927. Prior to being selected as President, Dr. Francis Pendleton Gaines was a professor at Furman University in South Carolina where he primarily taught courses in... more

The ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: E is for…

E is for.. Edmund Gamble Military Order This document, dated Aug. 16, 1779, is apparently an order to Edmond Gamble, Assistant Commissary, to take charge of the provisions for the Continental troops during the American Revolution. He was apparently commissioned by Governor Caswell of North Carolina, and served to the end of the war. To see this... more

The ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: D is for…

D is for… Dolmen Press Founded in 1951 by Liam Miller and his wife Josephine Brown, the press operated in Dublin until Miller’s death in 1987. It was founded as a way to provide a publishing outlet for Irish poetry. It heavily featured the work of Irish artists. The scope of the press grew to... more

The ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: C is for…

C is for… Casa Artom Scrapbooks Casa Artom is a house, purchased by WFU in 1974, facing the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. The two-story house was built in the 1820s and is located between the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and Ca’Dario. The house is named for Dr. Camillo Artom, a faculty member at the Wake... more

The ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: B is for…

B is for… The North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection The NC Baptist Historical Collection is one of the largest collections in Wake Forest’s Special Collections and Archives. This collection documents North Carolina Baptist churches, institution, and individuals. It contains various materials on Southern, Missionary, Primitive, African-American, Union, and Alliance of Baptist churches. It includes over... more

The ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: A is for…

A is for… Archives Week! And a great way to start the ABCs of Special Collections and Archives. Archives Week is an annual, week-long observance of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our nation, state, communities and people. –Society of North Carolina Archives The theme of the... more


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