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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”

Wake Forest Board of Trustees Minutes (1834-1891) Are Now Available Online!

Special Collections & Archives (SCA) is pleased to announce that Wake Forest’s Board of Trustees Minutes, 1834-1891 (2 volumes, 1834-1871 and 1871-1891), are now available online and ready for research use by students, faculty, staff, and the broader public. Thanks to generous funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Dean Tim Pyatt, the fragile... Continue reading “Wake Forest Board of Trustees Minutes (1834-1891) Are Now Available Online!”

Wake Forest’s “First Daughter”

Imagine yourself as a young well-off white woman in the mid-19th century and try to envision the limited educational opportunities that would have been available for women in your positions at that time, even you. Next, note that in 1883 – yes, 1883 – Wake Forest accepted the first female student to the ranks of... Continue reading “Wake Forest’s “First Daughter””

Reminder! Upcoming Program by Jenny Puckett (September 15)–you must register to attend!

Sept 15, Tuesday 5:30: Jenny R. Puckett and her new book, Thine Ancient Days: A WFU History, 1818-1956 (In partnership with the Wake Forest Historical Museum) Registration: https://registration.secure.wfu.edu/thine-ancient-days-a-wfu-history-by-professor-jenny-puckett-0007313 Jenny Robinson Puckett graduated from Wake Forest University in 1971. After completing the Master of Arts degree at Middlebury College, she taught Spanish for many years at... Continue reading “Reminder! Upcoming Program by Jenny Puckett (September 15)–you must register to attend!”

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”