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The Empowerment within University Archives: A Goodbye from Anna Hathcock

One of our students is graduating at the end of this semester and we wanted to bring our readers one last post about her work here. Senior Anna Hathcock has been with SCA since the fall of 2016 and has worked in nearly all aspects of SCA: public service at our reference desk, collections processing,... more

It’s Time to Wake the Library – Fall 2018

Ready for exams? We are! Wake the Library is an exam week tradition of 24/7 study, free food, and other surprises! Here is a little bit more information for your exam week survival in ZSR. The Hours ZSR Library is committed to staying open 24/7 for Wake the Library (12/9-12/15). If we have power, we’ll... more

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... more

World Digital Preservation Day

There isn’t a Hallmark card for the occasion just yet, but today marks the annual World Digital Preservation Day.  Initiated by the Digital Preservation Coalition, the organizers want to inspire archivists, historians, and the general public to help ensure that future generations can find and use our most important digital content. It can be difficult to... more

Toward a Critically Engaged Digital Practice

In September 2018, the American Quarterly published a special issue, Toward a Critically Engaged Digital Practice: American Studies and the Digital Humanities. The issue features a wide range of DH projects, topics, and methods, including articles on digital mapping and DH pedagogy, a digital projects section featuring written summaries of active digital projects and links to the full... more

Digital Scholarship along the Research Pathway

How do digital tools and methods enhance or change research methods? How can born-digital items be created to ensure future use? What are the best ways to document the process and progress of a collaborative digital project? ZSR’s Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications team can assist in addressing such questions that typically come up in... more

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... more

The ZSR Ambassadors at Project Pumpkin 2018

On Thursday, October 25th, the ZSR Ambassadors participated in the annual Wake Forest Tradition, Project Pumpkin providing a safe and fun venue for trick-or-treating, carnival games, clowns, entertainment. This year’s theme was “Candyland, from the classic board game, and there were more than 95 student-run booths! Many thanks to the ZSR Ambassadors for running a ZSR... more

Google Docs Are Records, Too: Archiving Born-Digital Objects

Think about your family mementos that carry historical significance: letters between loved ones, diaries, textbooks, photographs, perhaps quilts, furniture, or other handmade objects. While we still keep some of these, with some regularity, a lot of us are recording our daily activities electronically. So, as archivists, we’re concerned with getting documentation, these mementos of history,... more

LGBTQ Subject Guide for Special Collections & Archives Materials

The newly published LGBTQ subject guide was created to celebrate Queer History Month, which occurs every October and includes National Coming Out Day on October 11th. We hope this list of materials can help you with any of your current or future LGBTQ research. To begin this LGBTQ subject guide, I began by using Wake... more