Special Collections & Archives

News and more from ZSR’s Special Collections & Archives

Leather Bookbinding Workshops

I attended back-to-back workshops on leather bookbinding from March until June of this year. These workshops were taught remotely by Karen Hanmer, a gifted binder from Chicago. The first sessions in March were set aside for learning to use the tools to thin leather. The sessions in April, May and June were devoted to making... Continue reading “Leather Bookbinding Workshops”

Welcome Emily and Marcia to Special Collections & Archives!

Special Collections & Archives (SCA) is pleased to announce two new part time employees, who have been funded by generous donors. Emily Houlditch is joining SCA as a part time Reference and Processing Assistant. She will be splitting her time between assisting patrons on the SCA reference desk and archival processing in the processing room.... Continue reading “Welcome Emily and Marcia to Special Collections & Archives!”

Deacon Chronicles: Researching and Writing the History of Wake Forest College

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Cain Cousin Connection: Reconnecting Cain History

On Saturday, July 8th, Special Collections and Archives (SCA) had the pleasure of attending “Cain Cousin Connection: Reconnecting Cain History and Honoring Carolyn Creech Cain and our greatest Cain Generation” in Cana, North Carolina. Our connection to this event is the Cana General Store and Cain Family Papers that are part of the Personal Collections... Continue reading “Cain Cousin Connection: Reconnecting Cain History”

Spring Book Repair Workshops

This spring, I spent a week traveling from east to west across North Carolina teaching book repair at public libraries. I visited libraries in Burgaw (Pender County), Burlington (Alamance County) and Shelby (Cleveland County). The attendees are always fun and their questions come tumbling out throughout the day. Public libraries have few resources and little... Continue reading “Spring Book Repair Workshops”

ZSR Expands JSTOR’s Shared Collections

We’re thrilled to announce our latest additions to JSTOR’s Open Community Collections, soon to be rebranded as JSTOR’s Shared Collections beginning in July. As one of the program’s charter contributors, we initially shared our World War I poster collection in 2020. This month, we’ve included an array of captivating materials from our Special Collections and... Continue reading “ZSR Expands JSTOR’s Shared Collections”

Planning and Processing of the Richard Burr Collection

My name is Kate Trathen, and in January I started working as the Richard Burr Congressional Collection Archivist at ZSR Library. I am a Raleigh native, and I received my Masters of Library Science with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to starting at Wake Forest, I was the Electronic... Continue reading “Planning and Processing of the Richard Burr Collection”

Recent Donation by Daniel V. Townsend, Jr.

Towards the end of the spring semester, we hosted a visit by Daniel V. Townsend, Jr., when he donated a copy of his most recent book, Hold Tight to Your Blessings. We added the volume to the SCA collection, and have noted him as a Wake Forest author. The book is available for researchers in... Continue reading “Recent Donation by Daniel V. Townsend, Jr.”

Expanded Wake Voices Oral History Project: Spring 2023 Update

Parker Beverly (’23) recently drafted the update below for our Expanded Wake Voices Oral History Project in Special Collections & Archives. Parker has served as the Coordinator for this project through her senior year and I am pleased to report that she will continue in this role for the next two years, as she enters... Continue reading “Expanded Wake Voices Oral History Project: Spring 2023 Update”

Newly Processed Collections This Year

I am back for my annual update about newly processed collections in Special Collections and Archives. Our finding aids landing page always shows the five most recently published finding aids but across the space of the academic year, thanks to the work of our student assistants, we’re updating and processing many collections. This year, we’ve... Continue reading “Newly Processed Collections This Year”