Monday, November 24, 2008

2008 Women Veterans Luncheon

The 10th Anniversary Women Veterans Luncheon of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project was held on Saturday November 15, 2008.

Approximately 160 people including 74 veterans attended the luncheon, including World War II veterans! Branches represented were the Army/WAC, Navy/WAVES, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Army Nurse Corps, Navy Nurse Corps, Army Medical Specialist Corps, Cadet Nurse Corps and the Red Cross.

The keynote speaker was UNC-G alumna Lieutenant Colonel Kathryn T. Wirkus, U.S. Air Force, Retired. She spoke about her long and varied career, including about her service in Panama and Bogota, Columbia.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady also attended and spoke about the history of military service in her own family.

There was also an exhibit of uniforms, hats, boots and artifacts from all of the branches from WWII to the present day.

The final part of the program was musical entertainment by the swing trio Martha and the Moodswingers and a swing dance demonstration by The Piedmont Swing Dance Society.

To see more photos of the luncheon. Please click here: Irma Minerva on Flicker

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Roy Z. Kemp Papers donated to Manuscripts

17.75 linear feet of published and unpublished materials relating to the poet Roy Zell Kemp have been donated to SCUA. Kemp (1910-1980) was raised in Greensboro, NC and spent most of his life writing religious and inspirational poetry.

Writings by Kemp include the following published items:
  • Measure of a Heart, and Other Poems, Golden Quill, 1962.
  • Shining Towers of Faith, and Other Poems, Johnson Publishing Co. (Murfreeboro, NC), 1966.
  • Measure for Living: Devotions and Poems of Affirmation, C.R. Gibson, 1967.
  • Testaments of Faith (poems), C.R. Gibson, 1970.
  • The Shield of Faith, C.R. Gibson, 1973.
  • Represented in several anthologies, including This Singing Earth, edited by Lilith Lorraine, Flame Press, 1961.
  • Rhyme Time for the Very Young, edited by Jeanne Hollyfield, Young Publications, 1964.
  • Gold Star Anthology, edited by Marie H. King, Revell, 1970.
  • Today, Well Lived, edited by William Arthur Ward, Droke, 1971.

Kemp also contributed poems to religious periodicals of various denominations, was a free-lance feature writer for newspapers in Maryland and North Carolina and reviewed books for the Greensboro Daily News, Greensboro, NC.

Kemp spoke about poetry to Contemporary Authors:
"Since poetry moves on the higher levels of power and emotion, it must be the product of a maker of ideas. The truly creative artists of the written word are gifted with the ability to take the common facts and experiences of life and invest them with epic and enduring qualities. Also, since the heart and core of inspirational poetry is a spirit of devotion and reverence, being idealistic in nature, spiritual in quality, and moral at its center, its writer must be constantly aware of the eternal secret of friendship with God. He must also be possessed with what has been termed `religious insight.' He must not let himself be limited to any one nation or people, nor to any one age, for to do so would admit to a partiality. The appeal of inspirational poetry is universal, since universality must be expressed in its writing. Eternal vertities will ever remain the same, regardless of the change made in other things. Inspirational poetry is the true language of the heart. It is composed of emotional feeling, deep and sincere."

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Halloween Campus Tour

I gave a Halloween tour for library staff on Friday 10/31. To listen to a podcast of the tour, go here.

Women Veterans Project Podcast!

Listen to the Women Veterans Project podcast in which curator Beth Ann Koelsch discusses the collection and the annual Women Veterans Luncheon on Saturday 11/15.

podcast link

Manuscript Collections on Flickr

Images from three manuscript collections have been uploaded to the library's flickr account.

You can browse scanned images featuring American suffragettes, the Leila B. Tuttle Collection of Chinese Artifacts, and the photographs of Robert Neal Adams, whose subjects include Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

New Website for Women Veterans Historical Project

The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), established at UNCG in 1998, documents the contributions of women in the military and related service organizations since World War I. The collection offers a wide range of source material, including photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, military patches and insignia, uniforms, and posters, as well as published works. Through active acquisition and educational outreach the project continues to expand its research collection and to explore the cultural, social, and military changes in American society that were fueled by the gender integration of the armed forces.

UNCG's University Archives and Digital Projects teams are proud to announce a new website for the WVHP. The new site features a database searchable by branch and conflict and hundreds of images scanned from the collections.

Our annual women veteran's luncheon will be this Saturday, November 15. Check back soon for pictures!

University History Online

The University Archives has launched an online timeline featuring significant events and pictures from over 100 years of the UNCG's history.

Thanks to Collections Assistant Dean Rhoades, you can also browse an online exhibit of university postcards, and another exhibit of artifacts from UNCG's history.

Two Research Grants Offered from Special Collections & University Archives

The University Libraries of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are pleased to offer two research grants for researchers utilizing the outstanding resources of the Special Collections and Rare Books and University Archives and Manuscripts Department. The goal of the research grants is to promote scholarly research utilizing the resources of this Department. Collections include the Woman’s Collection, Rare Book Collection, Cello Music Collections, Manuscripts Collection, Women Veterans Historical Collection, and University Archives.

The grants are open to graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars. The applicant must live outside a 75-mile radius of Greensboro, NC and must make at least one in-person research visit to Jackson Library.

Two awards, up to $1000 each, will be awarded for the time period, July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.

Application Information
The applicant should complete the Research Grant Application Form. The completed application and one letter of recommendation from an advisor or colleague should be sent to While electronic submission is preferred, the application may also be mailed (see address below). The application must be received or postmarked by February 28, 2009.

We suggest that applicants speak with a staff member in the Special Collections and Rare Books and University Archives and Manuscripts Department before completing the application. The staff member may be able to suggest potential research possibilities of which the applicant may not be aware.

Awards will be announced no later than April 30, 2009.

Contact Information and Mailing Address
University Libraries Research Grant
UNCG University Libraries
P. O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170