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Update: Building Renovation Planning

During the fall semester, we began to build on the work accomplished in the 2013 Vision Plan for the Z. Smith Reynolds Library building. Architects from Perkins + Will are developing a formal Master Plan that will guide future renovations in a holistic manner. As in recent years, we will continue to carry out discrete... more

Alumni Hop Into History at Foothills Tasting Room

Last Wednesday night, Special Collections & Archives collaborated with Stephen Edwards and the folks from Alumni Engagement to host an alumni, friends, and family version of “Hop Into History!” Hop Into History is the brainchild of UNCG University Archivist Erin Lawrimore and involves coordinating a pop-up archival exhibit at a local brewery. Archivists from UNCG,... more

ABCs of Special Collections: I is for…

I is for … Ira W. Thomas Papers Ira W. Thomas was a Wake Forest alumnus who went on to become a Baptist minister in northwestern North Carolina. In 1872, Thomas began his ministerial career working as a teacher and itinerant minister for Baptist Churches across Alexander and Iredell Counties. He later settled in Caldwell County... more

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... more

ZSR Summer Reading & Project Wake

Looking for summer reading recommendations? ZSR has you covered! Check out our Goodreads page for thematic reading lists to suit bibliophiles of all tastes! Here are a few of the titles from our 2017 Summer Reading list: Project Wake Additionally, we have a featured list of all selected titles from Project Wake— the University’s summer academic program.... more

Annual Luncheon Recognizes Value of ZSR Library Employees

Z. Smith Reynolds Library faculty and staff gathered on May 19 to take a moment to recognize a job well done for the 2016-17 academic year during the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon. The highlight of the event was the announcement of the recipients of the Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year, and Outstanding Faculty Employee... more

Newly Published Collections in Spring 2017

I’m excited to share the long lists of collections that are newly processed or whose collection overviews and inventories have been upgraded in the first five months of 2017. Eight student assistants work on processing Special Collections materials, along with myself and occasional assistance from the rest of the Special Collections team (archival work takes... more

Congratulations to Special Collections & Archives graduates! #WFUGrad

A huge congratulations to our four graduating seniors! Kelli Johnson, Mia Harris, Tara Coady, and Juno Zhu have dedicated time from their busy schedules and studies to work in Special Collections & Archives. We are sad to see them graduate, but know they all have very bright futures ahead of them. All of us here in... more

What Are You Working On? with Juno Zhu

Today we’re highlighting our last student assistant for this school year – our fourth graduating student assistant, Juno Zhu. Juno began working for us last summer and acclimated quickly to archival work tasks. Here is what she has to say about her work here: My name is Juno Zhu and I am a senior majoring... more

What Are You Working On? with Tara Coady

Special Collections & Archives would like to continue highlighting the extensive work that our student assistants do on a daily basis to help us provide access to the records of the University and other manuscript collections. Soon-to-graduate senior Tara Coady began working with us in Special Collections & Archives as a student assistant in 2016,... more

National Poetry Month

The following post was written by our friends at the Wake Forest University Press, the premiere publisher of Irish Poetry in North America. We thank Fahad Rahmat and Rachel Stewart for their collaboration and engaging blog post! National Poetry Month is the largest celebration of literature on the globe. The month of April is meant... more


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