Thursday, July 24, 2014

University Archives Videos Now on YouTube

University Archives has started posting some video clips to the University Libraries' YouTube account. The clips are digitized from films held in University Archives. A "Films from UNCG University Archives" playlist collates all the University Archives clips in one place. You'll find scenes from past commencement activities, special campus events and visitors, and even a few past promotional videos for UNCG.

This quick tour of campus from 1950 has been particularly well received. Around the 1:50 mark you'll see some shots of Jackson Library in its final construction stages.

Keep an eye on the site for more video clips to come!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

University Archives Awarded University Libraries’ 2015 Innovation and Enrichment Grant

University Archivist Erin Lawrimore has been awarded the UNCG University Libraries’ Innovation and Enrichment Grant for 2014-2015. Her project will focus on enhancing access to oral history recordings conducted by staff of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) as part of the UNCG Institutional Memory Collection.

SCUA has a long tradition of conducting and preserving oral history interviews with faculty, administrators, students, and alumni from across the University’s history. These interviews, which typically are an hour or more in length, provide in-depth information about an interviewee’s contributions to and viewpoint on specific time periods or events in campus history. A recent focus has been on documenting the experiences of African American students during the 1960s and 1970s. Often these interviews provide valuable personal insight into history in a way that the official university records cannot.

Currently, access to these oral histories is provided primarily through the interview transcript (the word-for-word text of the interview). Audio recordings are available on CD if requested, but access to these recordings is not provided online. The transcripts are among the highest ranked downloads from across the University Libraries’ digital collections, yet the process of finding relevant information within the transcripts is often challenging due to their lengthy nature.

This project will utilize an open-source tool (the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, developed by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries) to provide access to oral history audio recordings online and time-synch the audio recordings to existing transcripts. This will allow researchers to more readily search each oral history recording for relevant information and quickly skip to certain key topics discussed in the interview. At the conclusion of the project in June 2015, it is anticipated that at least 25 enhanced oral history audio recordings and accompanying transcripts will be made available to researchers online. Additionally, the project will establish a workflow for providing enhanced access to additional oral history interviews in SCUA.

Created by Dean Rosann Bazirjian in 2009 and first awarded in 2010, the objective of the Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant is to provide one-time funding of up to $2,500 for projects that will innovatively enhance and expand library services and programs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Celebrating the Class of 1964 at Reunion

On Friday, April 11, University Archives joined UNCG's Reunion Weekend celebration of the Class of 1964. On Friday morning, archivists Kathelene Smith and Erin Lawrimore created an exhibit in the lobby of the EUC Auditorium featuring photographs, publications, textiles, and other materials related to the Class of 1964's time on campus. Events highlighted included Rat Day, the opening of Grogan and Reynolds Residence halls, and the school's transition from Woman's College to UNCG.

In the afternoon, Kathelene and Erin transitioned some of the exhibit to the Alumni House, and assisted Dr. Anne Parson's public history graduate students in conducting oral history interviews with reunion attendees. The graduate students also displayed their exhibit which was featured in the Hodges Reading Room in December 2013.

Additionally, throughout the day, the University Archives Twitter account (@UNCGArchives) featured photographs of the Class of 1964 at WC/UNCG.

Planning for future Reunion Weekend exhibits and activities is already underway. Erin and Kathelene have met with leadership from both the Class of 1965 and the Class of 1966 to ensure that SCUA is able to enhance their 50th reunion celebrations.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A New Exhibit Featuring Lois Lenski

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to host a new exhibit on Lois Lenski.  "Lois Lenski: Art, Illustration, Literature, Research" is an exhibit designed around four themes utilizing materials from the Lois Lenski Papers and collections housed in SCUA. The exhibit attempts to show some aspects of Lois Lenski's work that are familiar to many readers of her children's books, but also highlight other aspects of her work that are not so well known. Lois Lenksi was a very talented (and prolific!) children's author but she was also much more than that. She was a well-published illustrator of many types of books for other authors.  She was an accomplished artist, producing quality work in pencil, watercolor, oils, and engraving. She also did very intensive research for both her historical and regional children's books. This exhibit hopes to expand the knowledge of Lenski's accomplishments and provide context to her life's work. The exhibit, located in the Hodges Reading Room, will be up through May 31, 2014.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrating Women's History Month

To celebrate Women's History Month, the University Archives Twitter feed (@UNCGArchives) will be posting photos throughout the month, highlighting our founding and history as an institution focused on women's education (from 1891 through the arrival of the first male undergraduates in Fall 1964).

As always, you can also learn more on our Spartan Stories blog.

"Votes for Women" rally, 1919

Monday, February 10, 2014

University Archives Scrapbooks Available Online

We're happy to pass along news that the University Libraries' Digital Projects unit has completed the digitization of 236 scrapbooks held in University Archives (see their blog post with additional details about the project). Highly acidic paper and glue along with delicate bindings make the physical scrapbooks challenging to handle and use as a researcher. By digitizing the scrapbooks, researchers will be able to search and use these valuable, yet fragile, records. 

Rat Day photo, Class of 1962 scrapbook
Many of these scrapbooks were created by students or student groups (clubs, dormitories, etc.). As such, these important records help document the history of student life at the school we now know as UNCG. The oldest of the digitized scrapbooks, however, contains newspaper clippings, programs, and other materials relating to the death of founding president Charles Duncan McIver in 1906. One of the most recently-created scrapbooks documents the activities, events, and productions associated with the UNCG School of Music, the UNCG Summer Repertory Theatre, and the UNCG Theatre from 2001-2002.

The scrapbooks join a host of other University Archives records that have been digitized and made available online in recent months. These include graduating class vertical files for classes from 1893 to 1950 (the remainder are currently being digitized), student handbooks from 1897 to 1926 (more to come), and course bulletins from 1893 to 2009. Combined with our other digitized resources such as the Carolinian (student newspaper) and Pine Needles (student yearbook), these materials form a solid foundation for any research on the history of UNCG.

Friday, January 31, 2014

What's New in SCUA Exhibit

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives is excited to announce the launching of a new, rotating exhibit in the first floor reading room of Jackson Library titled "What's New in SCUA."  The rotating exhibit will feature recently acquired artifacts, books, documents, and photographs from the Special Collections and University Archives.

Currently on display is a scrapbook from Anne Mae Swain, a student at the school from 1944-1948, an item from the George Darden Piano and Opera Music Collection, and a 1955 Women Marines recruiting publication titled Jobs For You.