Manuscript Collections

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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