By: Library Staff
The NCSU Libraries has acquired the William Roy Wallace Architectural Papers, an important collection of architectural drawings and project files that document the work of a major North Carolina architect and his associates.
During much of the 20th century, Wallace (1889-1983) was the architect of choice for many Winston-Salem business leaders and their families as well as for business leaders in Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, and elsewhere. Known for his fine residential architecture, he also designed numerous religious, educational, and commercial buildings from the 1920s onward.
Dr. Margaret Supplee Smith, art historian and professor emerita at Wake Forest University, was instrumental in identifying the importance of the collection and facilitating the generous donation by the Wallace family. Smith notes, “With this significant acquisition, which includes architectural records documenting three generations of architects working in North Carolina–Charles Barton Keen, William Roy Wallace Sr., and William Roy Wallace Jr., in addition to Harold Macklin—NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center has ensured that the story of twentieth-century architectural practice in the Piedmont, with its rich textile, tobacco, and historic preservation legacies, will have a permanent place in the state’s architectural history.”
Wallace, a native of Pennsylvania, began his career in association with Philadelphia architect Charles Barton Keen (1868-1931), a designer of country houses for the Philadelphia elite. Keen created a second major body of work among the leading industrial families in the North Carolina Piedmont, including the famed Reynolda House (1912-1918) for the Reynolds family in Winston-Salem. Wallace worked with Keen as an office boy, a draftsman, and eventually as partner. In 1923 Keen and Wallace moved to Winston-Salem to manage the construction of the R. J. Reynolds High School and Auditorium. After Keen returned to Philadelphia, Wallace oversaw the Winston-Salem office and traveled back and forth from Philadelphia to supervise the firm’s many projects. Throughout the 1920s, the two architects worked on many of the great homes in Reynolda Park and Stratford Road, including the C. A. Kent House, the Robert Hanes House, and the P. Huber Hanes, Sr., House.
In 1928 Wallace settled permanently in Winston-Salem, where he established a practice with Harold Macklin and James M. Conrad. Like Keen, Wallace and his son William Roy Wallace, Jr., who joined the practice after World War II, continued in a Beaux Arts revivalist tradition that shaped the distinguished architectural heritage of Winston-Salem and other communities.
Among the buildings attributed to the Wallace firm are the Fries Memorial Moravian Church, Highland Presbyterian Church Sunday School, the Twin City Club, many of the Davidson County schools from the mid-1930s to 1950s, and much of the early restoration work at Old Salem. In addition to designing the country estate (Brookberry Farm) of Bowman Grey, Jr., many Wallace houses are extant in Winston-Salem, including the Siewers-Shaffner House, John Stephens House, James Weeks House, and Meade Willis House.
The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at the NCSU Libraries continues to assemble and archive the work of leading architects to make these unique materials available to a wide audience. The SCRC has collected the papers of key architects, including G. Milton Small Jr., George Matsumoto, and William Waldo Dodge, as well as those of past and present faculty members of NC State’s College of Design such as Henry Kamphoefner, Marvin Malecha, Matthew Nowicki, and Frank Harmon.
The NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center holds research and primary resource materials in areas that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, and researchers at the university. By emphasizing established and emerging areas of excellence at NC State University and corresponding strengths within the Libraries’ overall collection, the SCRC develops collections strategically with the aim of becoming an indispensable source of information for generations of scholars.
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By: Library Staff
Years after completing his Masters in Public Administration at NC State, Dennis Poteat still remarks that one of his benefits as a police officer in Raleigh was the department’s educational credit fund that made it affordable for him to take the night classes that led to his degree. He says the experience, “taught me the ability to talk about complex situations, to handle theoretical issues,” and to develop and show the practical competence that let him advance in his career. He would retire as a captain from the force and later come out of retirement to run the department’s much-praised Leadership Institute.
MaryCraven Poteat marvels that the university took her work toward a doctorate in adult education so seriously that John Caldwell, the chancellor at the time, helped teach some of the courses that she took.
Dennis also remembers that every Raleigh police officer on duty the night that NC State’s basketball team won the 1983 NCAA championship received a personal letter from Coach Jim Valvano thanking him or her for the department’s professional service during the exuberant celebrations on Hillsborough Street. And that his professors often called on him in class, asking him to share his hard-won experience as a public servant with his classmates when they were exploring how budgets were crafted or how tricky personnel issues were navigated.
They had both long wanted to thank the university for the seriousness with which it took their ambitions and talent, to “have the fun,” as MaryCraven puts it, “of doing our part to help” keep that legacy of service and respect healthy and growing.
MaryCraven moved first, surprising Dennis for his service and that of his colleagues by naming a significant room in the Hunt Library. The glass wall of a large collaborative space overlooking the Rain Garden now reads The MaryCraven F. and Dennis C. Poteat Group Study Room, in honor of the Raleigh Police Department, an honor that Dennis points out is meant to celebrate the traditional “very positive tie between the university and the Raleigh Police Department.”
The choice to support the NCSU Libraries was an obvious one for MaryCraven Poteat. She holds the Master of Librarianship from Emory University; she initially moved to Raleigh to be the assistant director of the community college system in charge of libraries; and she has worked on the development of four other libraries in North Carolina. Her master’s thesis was, in fact, on the future of libraries, and she fully understands what the futuristic, iconic new building means for NC State. She especially thought it important to help provide an inspiring collaborative space for students, a space that she and others in her doctoral program could only find by gathering off campus and creating their own sense of community in someone’s living room.
Sitting in the state-of-the art group study room that honors his colleagues and so many of their mutual long-time friends, Dennis brings the point home. “Today’s students can find lots of information on the internet,” he explains. But the library is about more than facts. It’s about inspiration: “this building itself makes you want to come here—it’s draws you in, and you’re exposed to so much more first hand.” That’s the service to the community that the Poteats have chosen to support.
By: Miranda Forman
The James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University has been recognized with two of the library profession’s most prestigious honors: a 2014 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award and a 2014 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award.
Sponsored by EBSCO, the H.W. Wilson Foundation, and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award has been given annually since 1946 to celebrate excellence in library public relations. The communications to open the Hunt Library were recognized for creating “a bold, new campaign that helped the community imagine ‘The Library of the Future.’” “The true star of this campaign,” the award concluded, “was the way the community told the story. Students were asked to imagine themselves in the space, and they took to the challenge wholeheartedly.”
Sponsored by the International Interior Design Association and the ALA, the Library Interior Design Award honors “excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client’s objectives.” The Hunt Library was recognized as winner of the “Academic Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.” category. The Hunt Library’s lead designer was Snøhetta; its executive architects were Clark Nexsen; and Another Inside Job consulted on interior design. Gwendolyn Emery—the NCSU Libraries’ Director of Library Environments—as well as other library staff, also played a significant role in envisioning and creating the interior of the building.
“Our intent with the interior design of the Hunt Library was to create inspiring spaces that would encourage inspiring work,” says Susan K. Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of the NCSU Libraries. “We, in turn, have been inspired by just how much our students and faculty appreciate this building, and we are grateful that the IIDA and ALA have honored us for the interior design that is so much a part of this building’s appeal.”
“We are also proud and delighted,” she concludes, “that the communications about the Hunt Library have been able to further ongoing and fruitful discussions about the future of academic libraries, the centers of the learning and research that make universities so productive for our communities.”
Among other awards and prizes, the Hunt Library has also been recently honored with the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL).
By: Miranda Forman
You don’t have to travel down to Universal Studios to see the latest in animatronic wonders. Just head over to the Hunt Library where the Apple Technology Showcase now holds Timber-Wolf, compliments of two Mechanical Engineering students who envisioned the project, pulled together the funding, and made it the capstone work for their senior year.
Michelle Phillips and Kevin Young, both of whom will graduate in May, collaborated with seven academic departments and other groups across campus to bring NC State’s latest wolf to life, bringing together funding from the Park Program and Office of Undergraduate Research, expert assistance from the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, and close collaboration with the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative.
The Libraries joined this effort to transform the original three-inch, $3 toy wolf into an interactive, moving work of art by providing the Makerspace’s 3D scanners, which allowed Michelle and Kevin to create a digital “map” of the wolf’s shape and contours. The Libraries’ Arduino inventor kit inspired the programmable platform for controlling the Timber-Wolf’s movement—tilting its ears and closing its jaw to howl.
Though we’ve turned off the howl (this is a library, after all), drop by on your next trip to the Hunt Library and put Timber-Wolf through the rest of its paces.
By: Miranda Forman
D. H. Hill Library and the Hunt Library
Long after the cafes have closed for the night, University Dining will be providing free coffee and the Friends of the Library will be supplying donuts in the lobbies of the D. H. Hill Library and the Hunt Library throughout final examinations (except for Saturday and Sunday mornings).
So put down the books for a few moments, take a deep breath or two, and meet us after midnight to throw off the stress and boost up the energy.
Our thanks go to University Dining and the Friends of the Library.
By: Library Staff
On Monday, May 5, 2014, Sheila Corrall, Professor and Chair of the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Pittsburgh, will present her talk “Designing Libraries for Research: Mobilizing Invisible Assets” as the featured speaker at the NCSU Libraries’ I.T. Littleton Seminar. The seminar will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the D.H. Hill Library Auditorium.
Professor Corrall will address how academic libraries can mobilize resources to deliver high-end services in the e-research environment. Responding to the problematic perception of libraries as dispensers of goods and facilitators of learning, her talk will identify new opportunities for libraries to engage researchers, and share an understanding of the hidden assets that form the common foundation for traditional and novel library services. A former university library director and CIO, Corrall’s research concentrates on the evolving roles of information professionals in the digital world, and the skillsets, strategies, and structures needed to meet new challenges.
The I.T. Littleton Seminar is presented by the NCSU Librarians’ Association. The annual event, funded by an endowment established in 1987 to explore key issues in the development of academic libraries and to honor former Library Director Littleton, is free and open to the public.
By: Miranda Forman
In honor of National Library Week, libraries across the country competed in the “Your Beautiful Library Photo Contest,” a contest designed to showcase some of the most amazing libraries in the United States. Thanks to everyone who voted, we’re thrilled that the Hunt Library won the “Most Modern Architecture” category, featuring the very photogenic bookBot! To see all the winners and learn more about the contest, visit: http://solutions.cengage.com/beautifullibrary/