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Behind the Scenes of Our Coronavirus Collection

Special Collections and Archives does not need to tell you about these “unprecedented times,” a phrase working overtime these days. But we want to share our efforts to capture what is happening during the pandemic, both collecting records of the University’s efforts and administration as well as snapshots of life outside the boundaries of campus.... Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of Our Coronavirus Collection”

Deacon Experiences: COVID-19

As we live through historic times, this is a good reminder about the value of the archives in chronicling recorded history. Archives are often thought of as old and dusty, when they are actually the representation of a current moment long past. We all “participate” in history, but we usually don’t think about our experience... Continue reading “Deacon Experiences: COVID-19”

Commemorating Black History Month (through the whole year)

As Black History Month comes to an end, here are some additional items which may be of interest. While February gives Special Collections & Archives the opportunity to focus on our collections in this area, we are always continually adding resources year-round for the Wake Forest campus community. Recently Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University... Continue reading “Commemorating Black History Month (through the whole year)”

Updating Tools and Testing New Ovens: Changes to Collections Management in SCA

New (fiscal) year, new… collections management tool. As I mentioned in my recent post about newly processed collections, SCA and especially I have been busy adopting a new tool to help us manage our materials. Our collections management covers physical control of collections: how many boxes or oversize objects make up a collection, where all of... Continue reading “Updating Tools and Testing New Ovens: Changes to Collections Management in SCA”

Newly Processed and Recently Updated Collections, Spring 2019

Summer greetings! We’ve been working away at collections all semester, per usual, but this summer, Special Collections and Archives has had an exciting (to us) change: we’ve upgraded the software that we use to track and describe our materials, from the once-popular Archivists’ Toolkit software to the newer, more fully supported ArchivesSpace program. For now,... Continue reading “Newly Processed and Recently Updated Collections, Spring 2019”

The Role of Transparency in the Archives

In Special Collections & Archives (SCA), we are continually focused on the discovery process and providing better and streamlined access to our many collections and materials. In 2016, we decided to create a historical timeline for Wake Forest, capturing the events and individuals from our past. In the process of creating our Historical Timeline, we... Continue reading “The Role of Transparency in the Archives”

Highlights from the WFU Timeline

In 2017, I was tasked with creating a historical timeline of Wake Forest University for the ZSR Library Special Collections & Archives website. There are many published and unpublished sources of information about Wake Forest’s history. Special Collections & Archives’ goal was to make this information readily available online in a way that was easy... Continue reading “Highlights from the WFU Timeline”

Newly Published and Updated Collections, Winter 2019

I know it’s February but – happy new year! I’m here to provide a look at some newly published or recently updated finding aids for Special Collections and Archives manuscript and University records. Just in case your New Year’s resolutions include archival research, here are some collections that might attract your attention. The following is... Continue reading “Newly Published and Updated Collections, Winter 2019”

Call for Records Transfers for the University Archives!

As we come to the end of the 2018 fall semester, the University Archives (Special Collections & Archives, 625 Z. Smith Reynolds Library) would like to remind all staff and faculty that we welcome the transfer of records and papers from university offices. We also encourage students to donate materials which document their time and... Continue reading “Call for Records Transfers for the University Archives!”

Getting the Collections to the People

We’re always working hard here, behind the scenes in Special Collections and Archives, to make our materials accessible to researchers of all kinds. Collection information that is found in our finding aids, for example this overview and collection inventory for the Office of the Provost, Edwin G. Wilson Records, helps SCA faculty and staff as... Continue reading “Getting the Collections to the People”