All Digital Collections

Digital Collections A-Z

  • 175th Anniversary Oral Histories

    Interviews with and photographs of retired Wake Forest faculty describing life and work on campus.

  • 30 Years of Performing Arts: The Secrest Artists Series at Wake Forest University, 1983–2013

    30 Years of Performing Arts showcases materials related to Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series between the years 1983 and 2013.

  • A. R. Ammons Audio Collection

    Recorded readings by poet and artist A. R. Ammons from ZSR Library’s Special Collections.

  • A. R. Ammons Watercolors Collection

    Twenty watercolor paintings by American poet, author and Wake Forest University alumni A. R. Ammons.

  • African American Families Photograph Scrapbook Collection

    This collection contains images from an African American families photograph scrapbook collection. Items from the scrapbook span from 1920 to 2000.

  • Album of Reverend Alexander Bell Smith

    Materials include birth and death dates, family information, sermon notes, notes of a student, and a Civil War letter.

  • Arthur Raymond Gallimore Papers

    Arthur Raymond Gallimore and his wife, Gladys S. Gallimore, served as foreign missionaries in China on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention. This digital collection includes selected materials from the physical collection.

  • Baptist Newspaper Collection

    A collection of Baptist newspaper titles published within North Carolina made available via Issues date from 1857.

  • Baptist State Convention of NC Digital Collection

    Audio recordings containing presentations by prominent Southern Baptist pastors and church representatives at a number of evangelical conferences and annual meetings of the Convention in North Carolina from 1957-1980.

  • Basil Armstrong Thomasson Diaries

    Transcription of the diaries of Basil A. Thomasson written from 1853 to 1862. Thomasson was a farmer and school teacher in East Bend-Yadkinville, North Carolina.

  • Biblical Recorder

    The official journal of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention, reflecting the history of Baptist life and culture in North Carolina since 1834.

    RESEARCHER’S NOTE: The Biblical Recorder digital collection will move to a new online platform on June 20, 2024. Any current bookmarks will need to be updated following this transition. Please contact ZSR’s Special Collections and Archives if you have any questions.

  • Books and Pamphlets

    Digital reproductions of books and pamphlets held in the Special Collections & Archives of Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University.

  • Calvin Jones Collection

    Features handwritten documents regarding Jones’ plantations in Wake Forest, N.C.

  • Casa Artom Scrapbook Collection

    Eight bound scrapbooks in which students and other visitors have written their thoughts and reminiscences about their time at Casa Artom.

  • Charles Lee Smith Collection

    Materials related to the meeting between professor and alumus Charles Lee Smith and Mohandas Gandhi in 1924.

  • Civil War in the American South

    A collaborative digital project containing items from the Civil War Era (1850-1865). Materials in this collection include letters, diaries, printed broadsides, and songs.

  • Collegiate Digest

    A periodical of national college news and photography published by the Associated Collegiate Press.

  • Confederate Broadsides

    These Civil War era poetry broadsides. consists of over 250 examples of poems written by Southerners and Confederate sympathizers during the Civil War.

  • David Allen Hills Collection

    David Allen Hills was a professor of psychology at Wake Forest University. This collection features home movie footage of Hills and his family, including campus footage at Wake Forest .

  • David L. Smiley Papers

    Materials by and regarding Dr. David L. Smiley, Wake Forest University history professor and head of the Reid Staton Bible Class, including course materials and sermons.

  • Deacon Experiences: COVID-19

    This collection documents experiences of the coronavirus pandemic at Wake Forest University. Materials to include writings, photographs, audio and video, social media posts, storytelling and art creations.

  • Digital Forsyth

    A collaborative digital project among Forsyth County Public Library, Old Salem Museum and Gardens, C.G. O’Kelly Library, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Coy C. Carpenter Medical Library.

  • Dolmen Press Collection - Printing Block Series

    This collection includes wood engravings, wood cuts, linocuts, and various metal plates ranging in date from 1902 to 1985, with the bulk of the blocks dating from the mid-1960s to 1985.

  • Duke Tobacco Company Cigarette Cards

    The Cigarette Cards collection consists of cards issued as advertisement for Duke Brothers and Company, Durham, N.C., and packed in Duke’s cigarettes.

  • Edwin G. Wilson Collection

    Edwin Graves Wilson (b. February 1, 1923), known affectionately as “Mr. Wake Forest,” is Professor Emeritus of English and Provost Emeritus for Wake Forest University. This collection contains selected materials related to Wilson’s work.

  • Eva Rodtwitt Photo Collection

    Eva Rodtwitt is a former lecturer in Romance languages at WFU. Images in this collection cover her early life in Norway during the Nazi occupation.

  • G. McLeod (Mac) Bryan Papers

    George McLeod (Mac) Bryan was a Wake Forest alumnus and prolific writer. This collection primarily includes Freedom of Information Act materials dating from 1947 to 1996.

  • George Carl and Cordie Phillips Loven Papers

    This collection contains their correspondence while Carl was training and deployed with the Army, 1917-1920. A small amount of other items include military and biographical materials, as well as two portrait photographs of Carl.

  • George L. Bright Civil War Diary

    George L. Bright was a band member of the 46th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (or 46th OVI), an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

  • George Pennell Collection of Circus Materials

    George Pennell was a Wake Forest College alumnus (1914), Board of Trustees member, and an attorney. His legal clients included the city of Asheville and circuses. This collection documents Pennell’s personal and professional interests.

  • Gertrude Stein and Conference Press Collection

    Selected materials from the publishers’ archive for Gertrude Stein’s book, What Are Masterpieces? (Los Angeles: Conference Press, 1940), as well as several Stein manuscript fragments and notes, offprints, reviews, and other Stein ephemera.

  • Gray Family & Graylyn Estate Collection

    This collection features images from the Gray Family Collection and Graylyn Estate Collection.

  • Hayes and McNeill Families Papers

    Notable members of the families include Judge Johnson Jay Hayes, state legislator James Madison Hayes, Jr., Esquire editor and writer Harold T. P. Hayes, and local businessman Kyle Hayes.

  • Herbert E. Valentine Civil War Diary

    Herbert Eugene Valentine served in the Union Army, 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers, Co. F. His manuscript memoirs relate various anecdotes about his army experiences, mostly in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

  • History of Wake Forest University Oral Histories

    This oral history collection (2013-ongoing) consists of audio and video interviews conducted by Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s Special Collections & Archives and other university departments and programs.

  • Howell Smith Oral History Recordings

    Collection of oral history interviews facilitated by former Wake Forest University History Professor Howell Smith

  • Howler Yearbooks

    Over 100 years of Wake Forest yearbooks available online via Please see our About page regarding sensitive content within the Howler yearbooks.

  • Hubert Ashley Royster Papers

    Hubert Ashley Royster was an alumnus of Wake Forest College (Class of 1891), a medical doctor, and an author. This collection includes biographical information and other materials.

  • Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (iPLACe) Collection

    The Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe) supports faculty and student interdisciplinary projects at WFU. This collection includes annual reports and video recordings from the department.

  • Ira W. Thomas Collection

    The diaries and sermon notes of Ira W. Thomas, a Baptist minister in northwestern North Carolina.

  • John Brown White Papers

    John Brown White was an educator and the third president of Wake Forest College (1848-1853). This collection contains biographical and family genealogy information, a photograph of White, and correspondence.

  • John D. Whitford's Typescript of The Home Story Of A Walking Stick with Indexes

    This collection features a digitized typescript of The Home Story Of A Walking Stick: Early History of the Biblical Recorder and Baptist Church in New Bern, North Carolina Told in Every Day Talk by John D. Whitford

  • John Wesley Clay Brazil Mission Memoirs

    This collection includes memoirs of missionary work by printer, author, and Methodist missionary John Wesley Clay from 1924-1930.

  • Joseph E. Smith Music Manuscript Collection

    Collection of signatures by famous composers and conductors. The collection includes signed letters, postcards, business cards, photographs, and concert programs.

  • Joseph Edward Carter POW Journal and Papers

    This collection includes Carter’s WWII POW journal during his time at the Stalag Luft III POW camp, “The Evacuation of Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany”, written by Carter, and a military portrait of Carter.

  • Joseph Severn Watercolors

    A collection of 3 pencil and watercolor images by artists Joseph Severn. These images are noted as being done on his way to Rome with John Keats.

  • Katie Murray Papers

    Katie Murray was a Southern Baptist missionary in China and Taiwan from 1922 until her retirement in 1962. Selected materials in this digital collection includes biographical/genealogical information, correspondence and photographs.

  • Kurt D. Baum Family Collection

    Kurt D. Baum was a Jewish boy of 17 years old when he was sent in 1937 to live in the United States from Germany to escape Nazi rule. This collection includes correspondence letters from Germany and family photographs of Baum and his family members.

  • Laurence Stallings Papers

    Laurence Stallings was a writer and Wake Forest College alumnus. He is probably best known for his 1924 play, “What Price Glory.” This collection contains the manuscripts and correspondence of Stallings.

  • Lipe Family Civil War Letters

    This collection consists of 27 letters by 7 different Confederate soldiers, telling of their experiences in the Civil War. Includes a poem and unidentified notes.

  • Lloyd Winchell Biebigheiser Collection

    Lloyd Winchell Biebigheiser was an architect and designer working during the construction of Wake Forest College’s new Winston-Salem campus. This collection provides a photographic history of nearly every aspect of the Reynolda campus construction.

  • Max and Gertrude Hoffmann Music Manuscript Collection

    A collection of music manuscripts from the collection of famed vaudevillians & performers Max and Gertrude Hoffman.

  • Max and Gertrude Hoffmann Photograph Collection

    Stunning photographs from the collection of Max and Gertrude Hoffman of Vaudeville and many stage performances from 1900-1956.

  • Mirror of Winston-Salem

    A short-run weekly publication focusing on activities of Winston-Salem society. It contains photographs of notable women, book reviews, articles about sporting evenings, social clubs, promotions, and theatrical plays.

  • Museum of Anthropology

    From the WFU Museum of Anthropology, this online collection consists of household and ceremonial items, textiles, ceramics, hunting and fishing gear, and objects of personal adornment. The artifacts span the globe and the centuries.

  • Nathan O. Hatch Collection

    Selected materials in this collection document the years of Nathan Hatch’s presidency at Wake Forest University.

  • North Carolina Baptist Church and Association Files

    Ephemeral materials related to churches or associations that are associated with Baptist communities of North Carolina and surrounding areas.

  • North Carolina Baptist Church Records

    This collection contains material on 118 digitized manuscript church records, selected from our NC Baptist Historical Collection. The majority of the N.C. Baptist Church Records contain minutes of meetings, membership lists, and financial records.

  • North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection Resources

    Finding aids and inventories of church records in the Department of Special Collections & Archives.

  • Odus McCoy Mull Papers

    Odus McCoy Mull was a lawyer, businessman, state politician, and active Wake Forest College alumnus from Shelby, North Carolina. This collection contains Mull’s correspondence, subject files, and other business, legal, personal, and political papers.

  • Old Gold and Black

    Digital copies of Wake Forest University’s Old Gold and Black student newspaper. Issues span from 1916 through 2018.

  • Religion in North Carolina

    A collaborative project regarding religious bodies in North Carolina via the Internet Archive. It includes church histories, periodicals, clergy biographies, cookbooks, event programs, directories, and more.

  • Reverend Harold L. McKinnish Collection

    Reverend Harold L. McKinnsh served as pastor or interim pastor at 10 different Baptist churches in North and South Carolina. He delivered thousands of sermons, conducted more than 1,100 funerals and preached at more than 400 revivals across 12 states.

  • Reynolda House

    From the Reynolda House Museum, collections include fine art, estate archives, and decorative arts and historic house objects. Search by keyword, title, artist, or date. Results will produce objects from all collections with detailed scholarly research on each object.

  • Reynolda House and Village Collection

    Contains materials covering the history of the Reynolda House and Village in Winston-Salem, NC. Collections housed within Reynolda House Museum can be viewed within the separate Reynolda House collection.

  • Reynolda School Hiawatha Play Photographic Album

    On May 25, 1921, the Katharine Smith Reynolds’ Reynolda School produced a dramatic version of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha.

  • Richard M. Burr Congressional Papers

    Richard Burr was a member of the US House of Representatives and Senate from 1995 – 2023. This collection features selected materials from the Richard M. Burr Congressional Collection housed at ZSR Library.

  • Ronald Watkins Collection

    Selected digitized materials from the Ronald Watkins Collection. This collection includes materials from his time at Harrow School for Boys in Middlesex England as well as audio lectures on various Shakespearean plays and topics.

  • Samuel & Sarah Wait Collection

    Scanned images and transcripts of selected material from the Wait collection; digital finding aid for the entire collection.

  • Samuel Tilden Habel, Jr. Papers

    Samuel T. Habel, Jr. served as a Baptist pastor, college professor, and writer. This digital collection documents Habel’s professional work regarding materials related to his book writing.

  • Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers

    Sanders Meredith Ingram attended Wake Forest College in the first class, 1834-1835, and then returned in 1838-1840. He served in the Mexican War as a volunteer from Tennessee, and briefly as a lieutenant in the 38th Regt. North Carolina Infantry during the Civil War.

  • Special Collections and Archives Finding Aids

    These finding aids provide online access to inventories of the archival and manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department. The funding for the majority of these came through an NCECHO LSTA grant.

  • Special Collections and Archives Teaching Collection

    Contains selected items intended to be easily accessed and used in instruction within Special Collection and Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

  • StoryCorps: Winston-Salem

    StoryCorps came to Winston-Salem in 2009 and 120 of the resulting interviews are included in this collection. Please note that this collections is accessible only when connected to the Wake Forest University campus network.

  • Student Government Records

    This collection includes election materials, such as advertisements and results, budget materials, judicial committee materials, leadership conference materials, and information and records regarding the legislature.

  • The Asheville Baptist: Organ of the Baptists of Western North Carolina

    Weekly newspaper published by the Asheville Baptist Publishing Company

  • The History of Wake Forest Book Collection

    Includes all six volumes of the History of Wake Forest, and A Story of Wake Forest College and Memoirs of the Author 1971 typescript

  • The Student

    80 years of The Student, the Wake Forest literary magazine, available online via

  • The Twelve: 1968 WFU Football Team

    This collection covers WFU’s 1968 football team, their historic victory over UNC Chapel that year, and 12 of the player’s pledge to return for a reunion in 1975.

  • The Wake Forest Review

    Digital copies of The Wake Forest Review student and alumni publication

  • The Wake Forest Student Index

    Digitized catalog cards of The Wake Forest Student, the Wake Forest literary magazine from 1882 to 1995. The title changed to “Three to four ounces” with the Fall 1995 issue.

  • Theater Actor Prints and Photographs Collection

    Early stage and film actors and actresses, performers, directors, and royalty from the 1880s through the 1930s.

  • Thomas K. Hearn Collection

    Selected materials in this collection document the years of Thomas Hearn’s presidency at Wake Forest University.

  • University and N.C. Baptist Biographical Files Collection

    Ephemeral materials related to individuals associated with Wake Forest University and/or Baptist communities of North Carolina.

  • University Archives Audio Recordings

    Selections from Wake Forest University’s Audio Recordings collection.

  • University Archives Film and Video Collection

    This digital collection contains historical footage related to people, places, and events of Wake Forest University.

  • University Archives Photographs

    This photograph collection covers Wake Forest University’s deep history. It captures images of people, places, and events dating back as early as 1881.

  • University Archives Records Collection

    A compilation of smaller digital collections relative to Wake Forest University

  • Voices of Wake Forest

    This audio collection includes the many and varied voices of Wake Forest–interviews, oral histories, and presentations from WFU administrators, alumni, staff, students, and faculty, including “Mr. Wake Forest” himself, Dr. Ed Wilson.

  • Wake at Work Oral Histories

    Class project focuses on faculty and staff work experiences.

  • Wake Debate Historical Collection

    Publications covering the history of Wake Forest University’s debate teams

  • Wake Forest Baptist Church (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Records

    This collection contains materials related to Wake Forest Baptist Church, which was established in 1956 following Wake Forest College’s move to Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Wake Forest Catalogues & Bulletins

    Over 100 years of Wake Forest catalogues and bulletins available online via

  • Wake Forest College Board of Trustees Minutes

    Handwritten minutes from Wake Forest College Board of Trustees meetings beginning from 1834.

  • Wake Forest College Early Institutional Records

    The materials in this collection are related to the early records of Wake Forest College. These digitized materials include the activities, transactions, and functions regarding the institution.

  • Wake Forest College Faculty Meeting Minutes

    Handwritten faculty meeting meetings from Wake Forest College beginning from 1856.

  • Wake Forest Commencement Programs

    Over 100 years of Wake Forest commencement programs available online via

  • Wake Forest Magazine

    Digital copies of Wake Forest University Magazine publications from 1928 to 2022.

  • Wake Forest Original Campus Photographs

    Photographic images, reports, and other information pertaining to people, places, and events related to the original Wake Forest campus in Wake Forest, NC.

  • Wake Forest Student Handbooks

    Covers Wake Forest Student Handbooks spanning from 1906-2011 via

  • Wake Forest University Athletics Collection

    This collection includes sound and video recordings of sports events, features and footage related to Wake Forest University Athletics.

  • Wake Forest University Photo Archive

    Photo archive containing images captured by Wake Forest University. Images available are for public view-only access.

  • WFU Art Collections

    From the Wake Forest University Art Collections, these digitized materials represent a long history of both planned and unplanned collecting. Its nine art collections are a combination of acquisitions, gifts and bequests.

  • WFU Office of Institutional Research Annual Fact Book

    The Wake Forest University fact books are published by the university’s Office of Institutional Research. The department supports institutional planning, evaluation and data driven decision-making by providing internal statistical studies to University leadership and accurate statistical data to external agencies. The fact books in this collection span from 1998 to 2021.

  • WFU Reynolda Campus Faculty Handbook Collection

    Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus faculty handbooks from 2011 to 2022

  • WFU Website Archive

    Archive of Wake Forest University websites and WFU-related web properties available online via

  • Wilbur J. Cash Collection

    This collection consists of some of Cash’s writings, including the Mind of the South in typescript, articles, review clippings, business, and personal correspondence of W.J. Cash and his wife Mary, photographs, and ephemera.

  • William Crenshaw Papers

    This collection includes handwritten bills of sale of enslaved African Americans owned by Crenshaw, as well as other handwritten financial documents dating back as early as 1817.

  • William L. Hughes Family Photo Collection

    William L. Hughes was a longtime member of Wake Forest University’s grounds staff. This collection includes early 20th century African American images of Hughes’ family.

  • William Louis Poteat Collection

    Digitized materials from the William Louis Poteat Papers collection. Poteat was an educator, Wake Forest alumnus (Class of 1877), biology professor, and President of Wake Forest College from 1905-1927.

  • Woman's Government Association Handbooks

    Handbooks of the Woman’s Government Association covering the years 1945 to 1971 via

  • World War I Collection

    This collection includes materials from soldiers in the war. It includes a songbook, a journal, uniform materials, and research pertaining to U.S. military personnel.

  • World War I Posters

    Includes 134 color photographs of propaganda posters pertaining to World War I publicizing efforts.

  • Zion's Landmarks

    Newspaper of the Wilson Primitive Baptist Church available online via