Thursday, May 21, 2015

University Archives Completes Grant to Enhance Oral History Interview Access

University Archives recently completed work on a grant-funded project to provide enhanced access to many of our oral history interviews with African American students who attended Woman's College/UNCG in the 1960s. These oral history interviews, which are part of SCUA's African American Institutional Memory Project, were previously available online only as a PDF transcription. Even with this somewhat limited access, the interviews were frequently used by undergraduate students and others seeking to gain information on the personal experiences of students during this time.

This project, which was supported by the University Libraries' Innovation and Enrichment Grant Program, allowed us to augment access to a total of 27 of our oral history interviews -- two more than the initially-proposed 25. Using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS), developed by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, we indexed the interviews and created time syncs that make it easier to search and move between the written transcription and specific points in the audio recordings. We also established a workflow that will incorporate indexing and syncing via OHMS into the workflow for future University Archives' oral history projects.

For the first time, direct access to the audio recordings of these valuable interviews is available online. You can browse and listen to these enhanced interviews through the Libraries' digital collections portal.

Questions about the project may be directed to University Archivist Erin Lawrimore.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Douglas B. Moore Joins the Cellists Represented in the UNCG Cello Music Collection

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives is pleased to announce the donation of the collection of Douglas B. Moore to the UNCG Cello Music Collection. Douglas Moore was Professor of Music at Williams College from 1970 to 2007, and cellist with the Williams Chamber Players and the Williams Trio.  His Bachelor of Music degree in cello is from Indiana University, where he studied with Fritz Magg and János Starker, and his Masters and DMA degrees are from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC.

Moore has performed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and at the Great Music West (Utah), Saratoga Baroque, Music Mountain, and Newport music festivals. He has been an artist/faculty member at the Manchester (VT) Music Festival (1998-2008) and Kansas City Cello Clinic. He has been principal cellist with the Great Music West Festival Orchestra in Utah, the Albany (NY) Symphony, Berkshire Symphony at Williams College and the Lake George Opera Festival orchestra. From 1991 the 1995 he was a member of the Saratoga Chamber Players, based in Saratoga Springs NY. He has also conducted cello orchestras at cello congresses, cello camps and universities, and given frequent master classes.

In 1976, Moore played the world premiere performance of the Cello Sonata, Op. 78 by Arthur Foote. His edition of the complete music for cello and piano by Foote was published in 1982 by A-R Editions on the Recent Researches in American Music series. The first modern-day performance of Foote's Cello Concerto took place in 1981 with Douglas Moore as soloist. Since then, he has performed the work with orchestras in Connecticut, Minnesota, Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois and Iowa. He has recorded music by Foote, Farwell, Cadman, Arensky, Rachmaninov, and Kechley on the Musical Heritage Society, Grand Prix and Liscio labels.

Moore has published over forty original arrangements through his publishing company, PlayMooreCello, including Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture. His arrangements have been recorded by Yo-Yo Ma, the Saito Cello Ensemble of Japan and the Boston Cello Quartet. Additionally, Moore has published nearly 3 dozen modern editions of late 18th and early 19th century duos for violin and cello, most of which have never appeared since their first publication.

The Cello Music Collection of the Special Collections and University Archives contains sheet music (manuscript and published), monographs, serials, audio-video recordings, personal papers, and artifacts associated with cellists noted for their distinguished contributions in the areas of composition, performance, pedagogy, and research. Douglas Moore is the twelfth cellist represented within the UNCG Cello Music Collection. Consisting of the archival music collections of Luigi Silva, Elizabeth Cowling, Rudolf Matz, Maurice Eisenberg, János Scholz, Fritz Magg, Bernard Greenhouse, Laszlo Varga, Lev Aronson, Lubomir Georgiev, Marion Davies, and Douglas Moore, the Cello Music Collection at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro constitutes the largest single holding of cello music-related material worldwide. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New exhibit! Commencement Time at State Normal

It's almost time for graduation at UNCG, and, to celebrate, SCUA has installed a new exhibit on "Commencement Time at State Normal" in the cases next to the reference desk in Jackson Library. Stop by to check out a marshal dress from 1906, President Foust's academic robe and hood, a copy of the US and NC Constitutions given to State Normal graduates during commencement, and other photos and materials documenting the services and ceremonies of commencements on campus over 100 years ago. The exhibit will run through June 8th.

Monday, April 13, 2015

UNCG Class of 1965's 50th Reunion Weekend Exhibit

On Thursday and Friday, April 9-10, 2015, archivists Beth Ann Koelsch, Erin Lawrimore, and Kathelene Smith created a large exhibit for the Class of 1965's 50th Reunion weekend. The exhibit, which was mounted in the EUC Auditorium's lobby, included photographs, textiles, yearbooks, and other items from University Archives that document the Class of 1965's time at UNCG. Portions of the exhibit highlighted the commercial class, the nursing program, and civil rights activities on campus. Also, uniforms and photographs of members of the Class of 1965 who are part of the Women Veterans Historical Project were also featured.

During the weekend, SCUA also received donations of photographs and other materials from many members of the Class of 1965. If others have photographs or other materials related to their time on campus, please contact SCUA. While we are no longer seeking yearbooks or class jackets from this time, we are interested in unique items related to student life during the 1960s (and later).

Monday, April 6, 2015

An Exhibit: The Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club

Joseph M. Bryan wearing his green jacket
Known for its history and unique traditions, the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club is one of the premier golf competitions in the world. Since 1934, golfers have competed annually during the first full week in April for a chance to claim a cash prize and a coveted “Green Jacket.” One the biggest fans of the tournament was local Greensboro businessman and philanthropist, Joseph M. Bryan, who in 1937, made his first trip to Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Until his death in 1995, Bryan never missed a Masters Tournament and was even given the special status as the “Number 1 Official Observer” in honor of his commitment and loyalty to the club.

In recognition of the upcoming Masters Tournament, The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives invites the public to view a special exhibit on Joseph M. Bryan and his connection to the tournament.  On display are letters, memorabilia, photographs, artifacts, and even one of the few green jackets ever to leave the August National Golf Club.

The exhibit can be seen in the three display cases next to the reference desk in Jackson Library from April 6, 2015 – April 27, 2015. 

For questions or comments, please contact the exhibit curator, Sean Mulligan at 336-334-5763 or at

Monday, March 23, 2015

Presentation on LGBT Outreach at SNCA

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro enjoys the reputation for supporting an inclusive campus “where there is visible and meaningful representation of the diversity present in the wider community.” During this year’s annual conference of the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA) held in Greenville, NC from March 11th to 13th, Stacey Krim from the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) presented on how the department is contributing to the University’s diversity mission through archival outreach to UNCG’s LGBT community.

In the presentation titled, “Outreach to the Invisible: Archivists as Advocates to the LGBTQ Community,” Krim discussed the benefits of advocacy work as a platform for targeted educational outreach and collection development. A Safe Zone Ally since 2008, she has been heavily involved with training relating to the needs of LGBT students and staff, bringing this initiative with her when she began working in SCUA in 2011. Taking inspiration from University Archive’s UNCG African American history outreach, Krim began the development of a UNCG LGBTQ history presentation.

Finding historical records relating to UNCG’s history on the topic was challenging. Although twelve percent of the UNCG student body self-identifies as not being gender or sex conforming (making them one of the largest minority groups on campus), fear of discrimination has kept the LGBT community virtually invisible in the historical record. In fact, the first officially “out” student at UNCG is not documented until 1992, a century after the opening of the institution. After several months of research, enough information was discovered to present an hour long UNCG LGBT history presentation, the debut of which was at the first meeting of the UNCG LGBT Alumni Group during Homecoming in 2012. Since then, this presentation has been requested several times each semester, with supplementary material posted on the University Archives social media outlets.

The outcome of Krim’s outreach to UNCG’s LGBT students and alumni has been wholly positive. The presentation is a staple for UNCG Safe Zone continuing education. Additionally, Krim has collaborated with UNCG’s Queer Student Union in the recreation of a controversial exhibit from 2002 featuring LGBT African American authors. Most importantly, this outreach raises the visibility of SCUA’s primary source materials and promotes the value University Libraries places on supporting diversity and inclusion on campus.

Monday, March 16, 2015

UNCG Archives trending on Tumblr!

The UNCG Archives Tumblr is currently featured as one of the Trending Blogs on the popular social media site Tumblr. We use our Tumblr to share photos, videos, and other content related to UNCG history and the collections and work of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. In the last three days alone, the UNCG Archives Tumblr has gained 768 new followers.

Our most popular post from the past month was a photograph from the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project. The photo depicts African American WACs (Women’s Army Corps) standing in formation during basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, in April 1943.

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