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By: Laura Abraham

The Division of Student Affairs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Records, has recently been processed by NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, and the updated  collection guide can be found online.

Talley Student CenterThe North Carolina State University, Division of Student Affairs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Records contain correspondence, reports, memoranda, committee meeting notes, and artifacts from the office of Evelyn Q. Reiman, former Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, with a date range from 1955 to 2012.

The organization had the mission statement to provide “programs and services for students and the larger community to enhance quality of life, facilitate intellectual, ethical and personal growth, and create a culture which engenders respect for human diversity.” It is comprised of Business and Planning for University Student Centers, Campus Activities (including Parents’ and Families Services, the Student Organizations Resource Center, the Union Activities Board, and Witherspoon Cinema), the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (including the Chaplains’ Cooperative Ministry, Student Government, and Student Media), and the Office of Student Conduct. As of 2012, the Division of Student Affairs  has been transformed into the The Division of Academic and Student Affairs.

To discover more information on Special Collections’ archival collections, please visit our Collections Guides, or browse through our Rare and Unique Digital Collections.

By: Linda Sellars

A few of the topics discussed in Cleveland

SCRC staff attending the Society of American Archivists (SAA) annual meeting in Cleveland last week shared information about our work and had opportunities to learn about what’s going on in other repositories and the larger archives world.

Eleanor Brown, Head of Special Collections, told the Science, Technology and Healthcare Roundtable about “New Directions and Multi-Disciplinary Partnerships in Preserving the History of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at NCSU.” This presentation focused on our innovative approach to documenting and archiving existing and emerging scientific technologies through video oral histories, which will be available on the World Wide Web. Roundtable members heard from other presenters about a project in which members of an undergraduate English class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill used medical instruments from UNC’s Health Sciences Library to complete a material culture blog post assignment and an update on the Medical Heritage Library, a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries to promote free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine.

Digital Program Librarian Brian Dietz spoke about “Collecting Practices for, and Perceived Research Value of, Social Media Data’” at SAA’s Research Forum, a day devoted to reports on and discussions of research initiatives with relevance for archives. Later in the week, Brian also spoke in an education session on arrangement, description, and access challenges and solutions for digital archives. In that session, Brian joined with archivists describing efforts at the University of Delaware, Penn State, UCLA and Emory, to develop ways to make born digital material available to researchers.

University Archivist Todd Kosmerick participated in a session on “What’s In the Box? Caring for Unusual Materials in Collections.” Todd described our housing of electric guitars and anesthetic darts used by zoo veterinarians. Nine other archivists described experiences dealing with other unusual materials found in collections, including nitrate negatives, mercury, live radium, and human remains. Presenters discussed various aspects of caring for these materials, including preservation, disaster planning, and safety, legal, and ethical considerations.

Linda Sellars, Head of Technical Services for Special Collections, spoke to the Collection Management Tools Roundtable about Steady, a tool developed by Jason Ronallo in our Digital Library Initiatives department, which makes it possible for us to import pre-existing container lists into our collection management software with minimal editing and so then quickly publish a collection guide on the web. Presenters at this meeting shared “simple solutions” to common collection management tools problems, including “DAOs for Mass Digitization” (Andra Darlington, Getty Research Institute), “Excel and EAD” (Mark Custer, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University), and “Managing Collections (for now) through Open XML” (Gregory Wiedeman, M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY).

Each of us could only participate in a small fraction of the meetings and events in Cleveland—the 70 education sessions; a day-long Research Forum; meetings of sections, roundtables, committees, task forces as well as other groups; and special events like a reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—but we each came back with new knowledge, new connections with other repositories, and new ideas and techniques to improve our work here.

By: Laura Abraham

Hello new and returning students! We here at NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center want to welcome you to the new school year with images of NC State students from the University’s past.

For those unfamiliar with the Special Collections Research Center, we hold and manage the University’s archival materials, and we are located in D. H. Hill Library. We have a large digitized collection of Special Collections materials available online. This includes images of our students, who since the founding of NC State to today have shared the experience of settling in their dorms, attending classes, spending time with friends, and relaxing around campus.

We hope this school year goes wonderfully for you! If you would like to learn more about the Special Collections Research Center and our digitized materials, please visit NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections, which provides access to thousands of images, video, audio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics.

By: Gwynn Thayer

Dean Marvin Malecha of the College of Design at NCSU has added a wide assortment of his drawings and other materials to his Papers. They will be processed and added to the collection as soon as possible. The new items include detailed hand drawings of buildings and other sites of architectural and cultural interest from around the world, as well as various other drawing projects he has been involved with throughout his long career. The Marvin J. Malecha Papers are housed in Special Collections and include a wide variety of other materials, including architectural models, presentation boards, project files, faculty papers, photographic materials, and other papers. The drawing, seen above, is a sketch from July 1989 in Athens, Greece.

By: Laura Abraham

The Dog Days of Summer are almost over, so NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center would like to celebrate the end of all this heat with some hot dogs from our Rare and Unique Digital Collection!

If you would like to see more images from the Special Collections Research Center, please visit NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections, which provides access to thousands of images, video, audio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics.

By: Virginia Ferris

April McGreger, owner of Farmer’s Daughter brand pickles and preserves, paid a visit to the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center this week for a special viewing of collection materials showing foodways, agriculture, and canning practices in North Carolina.  We brought out some highlights from the Oversize Photographs of the Agricultural Extension Service, 4-H Youth Development Photographs, Home Demonstration Records, and the Jane McKimmon Papers, among others.

April McGreger examines Agricultural Extension and 4-H photographs.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Publications featured canning instructions and recipes from as early as 1916. McGreger found that many of the methods and recipes that she uses in her business today are the same as those taught in these earliest extension circulars.  She also found a menu in the Oliver Max Gardner Papers that featured sauerkraut produced by the North State Canning Company in Boone, NC, in 1932, showing that kraut has long been produced and enjoyed by southerners.

Preserves from various North Carolina county girls canning clubs on display at North Carolina State Fair, 1918.

The work of the Cooperative Extension Service, Home Demonstration, and 4-H Clubs set an important foundation for developing and teaching the canning practices that McGreger celebrates and carries on in her own work. The Farmer’s Daughter brand seeks to “revive, popularize, and promote old Southern recipes, fruits, and forgotten flavors; to celebrate regionalism; and to create our own bold and inspired flavors that capture the taste and the spirit of this place that we call home.”  Having early documentation of these traditional regional flavors and practices in our collections helps us to understand and enjoy these flavors in enriching new ways.  We look forward to seeing (and tasting!) how her visit to the archives may inspire McGreger’s next batches of preserves in our local farmer’s markets and beyond.

To view any of these collections in person, check out our online collection guides and submit an online request form.

By: Gwynn Thayer

Slater Newman helped to establish the first-ever human rights week on NCSU's campus in 1994.

The Slater Newman Papers in the Special Collections Research Center document Newman’s research and teaching at North Carolina State University as well as his human rights and community action work in the local area and in national and international arenas. In both his academic work and his community action work Newman was an active participant and leader in numerous organizations. Further, he founded organizations to pursue his academic and societal goals. In some cases, his commitment to organizations lasted for 30 or more years.
Files related to Newman’s human rights and community action work contain brochures, flyers, bulletins, annual reports, meeting minutes, budgets, articles, notes, correspondence and some photographs relating to Newman’s work with organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International, Citizens Against Nuclear Power, Committee to Reverse the Arms Race, Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina, North Carolinians for the Ratification of CEDAW [United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women] among others.
This collection also documents the varied work of a prominent NCSU faculty member. There are course materials, notes and evaluations from courses Newman taught and there are files containing research notes and ideas, drafts of papers and other information about research Newman conducted between 1951 and 2004. Other files contain correspondence, newsletters, meeting minutes, reports and programs related to various professional and scientific organizations in which Newman participated. Among these are the American Psychological Association, Psi Chi, North Carolina Cognition Group, the Psychonomic Society, Southeastern Psychological Association, and Southeastern Workers in Memory. Also included are materials that document Newman’s administrative work in the NCSU Psychology Department, the College of Education and Psychology and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, or at the University-wide level.
For more information about the Slater Newman Papers, please consult the collection guide at

By: Laura Abraham

Enrolling in Summer Sessions at North Carolina State University is a great way of completing college courses outside of the traditional school year, and has been for many years. Here are some Summer Session course catalogs from years past, from NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections and Research Center. They were digitized with the help of Registration and Records, and they are part of our larger collection of Course Catalogs available to view online.

Summer Session students, here are some fun questions to ask yourself: How do the summer school classes provided by N. C. State today differ from those 40 to 90 years ago? Which do you wish could be offered again? Which ones do you find the most dated and strange?

If you want to see more digitized publications from the Special Collections Research Center, please visit NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections, which provides access to thousands of images, video, audio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics.

By: Laura Abraham

North Carolina State University’s Special Collections Research Center would like to wish everyone a happy Independence Day! Here are some images from our archives that will hopefully get you in the spirit of the Fourth.

If you want to see more images from the Special Collections Research Center, please visit NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections, which provides access to thousands of images, video, audio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics.

By: Cathy Dorin-Black

When the Rolling Stones perform Wednesday night in Raleigh, circumstances will differ from their first appearance at NC State 50 years ago on November 10, 1965. That concert was during their second American tour; Wednesday night’s will be during their 20th. In 1965 they performed before 14,000 fans at Reynolds Coliseum; on Wednesday it will be 50,000+ at Carter-Finley Stadium.

The reviews may be different as well. A reporter with the Technician (NC State’s student paper) in 1965 was not impressed with their appearance, as can be seen in the article below published in the November 16th edition.

1965 Technician review of Rolling Stones

According to the reporter, the Stones attracted mostly a high school crowd, followed other performers that included Patti Labelle and the Bluebells, and played for only 15 minutes.  He reported that although they performed such hits as “Get Off of My Cloud” and “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” they ultimately disappointed the fans. He predicted that “unlike the habits of the new-rich, the Stones are investing their money so that ‘they can retire and never work another day when their popularity begins to wane.’” As the Stones take over Carter-Finley Wednesday night, they prove that neither has happened yet.

For more Technician articles and images illustrating events from NC State’s past, browse our digitized collections.

In 2015 the Stones play Carter-Finley Stadium

In 1965 the Stones played Reynolds Coliseum