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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

WFU Graduate Student Thesis Boot Camp @ ZSR 2018

On October 11th the ZSR Library, along with the Graduate School, hosted our second thesis boot camp for WFU graduate students. Both Reynolda campus and Wake Downtown graduate students were invited to attend. Almost double the number of graduate students (27) attended this year’s event! We hosted four workshops on Thursday and ended with some... more

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... more

Tales from Summer: Unexpected Encounters with “Common” Objects

Senior Anna Hathcock, a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives who is often found at our reference desk, had some archives-related adventures on a research trip this summer. She graciously agreed to detail some bits about her trip and experience here, so read on! This summer, I was in Stockholm, Sweden for 11 weeks... more

Introduction to Special Collections & Archives

With the start of a new school year, we frequently hear: “So, I have a question for Special Collections & Archives, who should I contact first? If you are interested in learning more about who does what in Special Collections & Archives, please see this post which provides details about staff responsibilities. Most important is... more

Weather Alert: ZSR Library Hours

The ZSR Weather Team will keep the library open as we are able, for Saturday to Sunday, September 15-16, 2018. We have an abbreviated schedule for Saturday, September 15: Saturday 1PM to 7PM We hope to hold regular hours on Sunday, September 16: Sunday 10AM to open all night Should the library lose power, or should... more

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... more

ABCs of Special Collections: L is for…

This ABCs blog post was written by Nancy Sullivan, Volunteer in Special Collections & Archives. L is for… Laurence Stallings Papers Having a prolific writing career that spanned five decades and a most interesting and accomplished life, one quickly concludes that a blog post about Laurence Tucker Stallings can only be a “tip of the... more

ZSR Open and OUTBREAK! (mini-golf and zombies in the ZSR Library!)

On Friday, August 31st, the ZSR Library did something completely different as part of New Deac Week! First, we hosted an all-new open house event, featuring mini-golf in the Library, called the ZSR Open, and then we followed up that event with pizza in our all-night study room and two games of “OUTBREAK!” our update... more