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Anne Yeats: Born into the Arts

Anne Yeats (on left) with Leslie MacWeeney 1964 Anne Yeats was born in Dublin,Ireland in 1919. Her father was William Butler Yeats, who was internationally known for his poetry. Her family was immersed in the arts. Her father’s brother, Jack Yeats, was an accomplished Irish artist, who illustrated materials for the Cuala Press. Anne Yeats... Continue reading “Anne Yeats: Born into the Arts”

Artist’s Books and Calligraphy in Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives is hosting an exciting variety of artist’s books created by five women from our area. These books represent a variety of approaches to creating artist’s books as a form of expression. The artists are Sara Hiatt (Kernersville, NC), Anne Murray (Winston-Salem, NC), Robin Harper (Mebane, NC), Terry Schupach-Gordon (Shoals, NC) and... Continue reading “Artist’s Books and Calligraphy in Special Collections & Archives”

Spring 2019 Book Repair Workshops

On April 24th at Archdale Public Library and April 25th at Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville , I taught back-to-back book repair workshops. These workshops are sponsored by the North Carolina State Library and are funded using LSTA Grant funding. The participants are primarily from public libraries and are eager for any knowledge they can... Continue reading “Spring 2019 Book Repair Workshops”

Bible Versals Exhibit In Special Collections

One current exhibit in the Special Collections Reading room is composed of calligraphy from the local Encore Group. This group is ably led by Joyce Teta, who is an excellent teacher and well-respected calligrapher from Winston-Salem. The group is composed of calligraphers and bookmakers with beginning to advanced students and teachers. Joyce gave members of... Continue reading “Bible Versals Exhibit In Special Collections”

Bookmarks Festival Demonstration

Bookmarks sponsored a series of book arts-related demonstrations at their Festival this past weekend, and I was happy be invited to participate. No one was protesting at the Bookmarks Festival this weekend. There were a series of demonstrations related to books, however, which I was privileged to be part of. I completed a series of... Continue reading “Bookmarks Festival Demonstration”

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... Continue reading “A New Cart for Special Collections”

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... Continue reading “Intermediate Book Repair Workshop in ZSR Preservation Lab”

Stabilizing World War I Posters

Special Collections & Archives holds a small collection of posters from World War I. The posters vary in size from 17 x 22″ to 48 x 62″. The images are created from original artwork by a range of talented artists, such as Jessie Willcox Smith, Howard Chandler Christy and James Montgomery Flagg. These artists defined... Continue reading “Stabilizing World War I Posters”

Perfect Binding?

If a small mistake is made at a commercial bindery, lots of books can be printed and bound incorrectly until the mistake is noticed. These small, damaged printing runs may look perfect until the cover is opened and many times, are not detected at the bindery. They are often not noticed until they arrive at... Continue reading “Perfect Binding?”

Preserving SC&A Panoramic Photos

From Stephanie Bennett, Collections Archivist, and Craig Fansler, Preservation Librarian I imagine that lots of folks have a rolled up poster or photograph rolling around their houses. As collections archivist, I come across photos that have been tucked away, often for decades. Whereas with a poster, rolling it out is simply a matter of flattening,... Continue reading “Preserving SC&A Panoramic Photos”