Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

Louis le Brocquy, Painter of an Irish Epic

Louis le Brocquy was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 10, 1916. His family had Belgian origins, but were firmly Irish. Louis’ family was involved in the oil business and this gave him financial security. He traveled widely and decided to become a painter. Le Brocquy did not attend art school-he was self-taught. He was... more

What Are You Working On? With Riley Richards

As we often do the in the spring, some of Special Collections’ student assistants will be blogging this spring about once a month, telling us about their work and their time here. First up is a newcomer to SCA this year, freshman Riley Richards! I began working in Special Collections and Archives last semester and... more

ABCs of Special Collections: J is for…

This ABCs blog post was written by Nancy Sullivan, Volunteer in Special Collections & Archives. J is for… Joseph Severn It is our mission at ZSR Special Collections & Archives to share the multilayered stories about the myriad of things in our collections. We strive to help all our visitors find that heretofore unknown nugget... more

Hop Into History: Black History Month

As part of our ongoing series “Hop Into History” Special Collections & Archives will be holding a pop-up exhibit at Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company on Tuesday, February 13th from 5-6:30. This month’s theme is “Black History Month.” ZSR’s Special Collections & Archives, along with WSSU’s University Archives, will bring along materials from our... more

Telling a Tale of World War I: Using Storymap

Please join us in Special Collections & Archives on Thursday, February 8th at 3pm to learn about our most recent project. Follow along as we describe the discovery and donation of a WWI journal, the processing and transcription of the contents, and experience the final product an interactive map of the unidentified WWI soldier’s movement... more

CLIR Grant to Enable Audiotape Preservation

In November, Special Collections & Archives (SCA) was notified it was one of 16 recipients of a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk Grant. CLIR will provide $50,000 for “Documenting the Evangelical Movement in the United States: Digitizing Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Open-Reel Audiotapes, 1957-1980.” George Blood LP (Philadelphia)... more

Newly Digitized Photograph Collection – Guest Post by Ed Morris, Executive Director, Wake Forest College Birthplace Society

Recently, Special Collections & Archives and Digital Scholarship were able to transfer and download the Wake Forest College Birthplace Photograph Collection, which is now available to researchers. Wake Forest College Birthplace Society Executive Director Ed Morris agreed to do a guest blog post for us as we advertise the availability of the digitized images (funded... more

Martin Luther King, Jr. at Wake Forest

[O]n Thursday, October 11, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest College as part of the College Union Lecture Series.[i]  This was not the first time a black person had spoken on the campus, but it was the first time a black man had been invited to speak after... more

Redesign of Digital Collections Homepage

If you have recently visited our Digital Collections, chances are that you noticed our newly designed homepage. With a growing collection of over 56,000 items to explore, we anticipate the redesign to enhance navigation of the site for researchers. The redesign was implemented through collaboration with our Digitization Committee and Kevin Gilbertson, ZSR’s web services... more

Thank You to Our Students!

Another semester in the books, another opportunity to thank our student workers who help Special Collections & Archives in many capacities. They support our professional staff’s work related to moving collections, repairing and creating special housing for materials (especially books), describing and organizing materials, putting those descriptions online so they’re easier to find and understand,... more