Special Collections & Archives

News & Updates from ZSR’s Special Collections

A Brief History of Women at Wake Forest University

This blog post was researched and written by SCA student employee Parker Beverly. March is Women’s History Month and we have been looking through our archives to find out more about Wake Forest’s association with this annual celebration.   Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States entered the Second World... Continue reading “A Brief History of Women at Wake Forest University”

Remembering Richard Murdoch and John Woodard

History is of paramount importance for Special Collections & Archives, so we were particularly saddened by the recent loss of two of our own “founding fathers,” Richard Murdoch and John Woodard. Although Richard and John had been retired from ZSR Library for several years, their continued interest in Special Collections & Archives and their institutional... Continue reading “Remembering Richard Murdoch and John Woodard”

U.S. Presidential Collection Donated to Special Collections & Archives

By Mika Payden-Travers, ZSR Library Development Officer There is one thing that I think everyone can agree to when it comes to recent Presidential races, they have certainly been interesting! But when one analyzes American history, each election has been unique in its own way. The few individuals (46) who have served as President (or... Continue reading “U.S. Presidential Collection Donated to Special Collections & Archives”

Graduate Student Thesis Research Retreat-Spring ’21

In the Fall of 2018, the ZSR Library began partnering with the Graduate School and Graduate Programs in Biomedical Science to offer graduate students a “Thesis Boot Camp” and in the Spring of each year since then, we’ve also offered a “Shut Up and Write” session over Spring Break! We held our 2020 “Shut Up... Continue reading “Graduate Student Thesis Research Retreat-Spring ’21”

Glimpses of Gertrude: Piecing Together the Life of a Vaudeville Performer

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 4pm via Zoom Recording of the event can be found here. Sunny Stalter-Pace will discuss her recent biography of vaudevillian Gertrude Hoffmann, whose scrapbooks and diaries are held by Special Collections & Archives at the ZSR Library. Gertrude Hoffmann made her name in the early twentieth century as an imitator, copying highbrow... Continue reading “Glimpses of Gertrude: Piecing Together the Life of a Vaudeville Performer”

What Are You Working On? with Erin Byrd

We always love to share blog posts from our Special Collections & Archives student assistants, and this spring is no exception. Even now, when most of our work is being done remotely and away from each other, they are doing so much to make archives collections accessible. Today’s post comes from sophomore Erin Byrd, who... Continue reading “What Are You Working On? with Erin Byrd”

SCA Resources for Black History Month

Blog post written by SCA student employee Kendall John. From ZSR Special Collections & Archives, happy Black History Month! The month of February is all about learning about Black history and celebrating Black excellence, and to help you do that, we have compiled some fascinating history from the archives of Wake Forest University. While thinking... Continue reading “SCA Resources for Black History Month”

From Tigers to Speedos: Athletic Artifacts from Special Collections & Archives (ZSR Library) and the Wake Forest Historical Museum

Recording of the event can be found her. Join us for an exploration of artifacts and 3-dimensional objects in the holdings of both ZSR Library’s Special Collections & Archives and the Wake Forest Historical Museum. We will be sharing a wide variety of athletics uniforms, equipment, photographs, and memorabilia from the old and new campus,... Continue reading “From Tigers to Speedos: Athletic Artifacts from Special Collections & Archives (ZSR Library) and the Wake Forest Historical Museum”

A Year(ish) at Home, Working on Collections

Hello from the collections side of SCA, where we work on appraising, organizing, and describing physical, digitized, and digital primary sources. A covid-19 collections plan is drastically different from a normal one, as you might imagine. During a normal school year, between four and eight students work on collections processing and description projects aimed at... Continue reading “A Year(ish) at Home, Working on Collections”

Comacina: Improvisations and Variations, An Exhibit by Paul Bright with Opening Reception and Talk

Comacina: Improvisations and Variations, an exhibit by Paul Bright January 19, 2021 – July 30, 2021 ZSR Library Special Collections & Archives (Room 625) Curated by Paul Bright This exhibition centers on artist Paul Bright’s residence on the island of Comacina in the summer of 2018, which resulted in an artist’s book, [im]provvisorio. Beginning Jan. 19;... Continue reading “Comacina: Improvisations and Variations, An Exhibit by Paul Bright with Opening Reception and Talk”