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Jun 19 2017

Who was Eliza Riddick?

contributed by Jennifer Baker

In honor of our continued WWI coverage, it’s time to shed light on a tiny mystery of NC State history.

1919 Agromeck

From 1918 to 1919, the Spanish influenza made its presence known on the campus of the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering. A temporary hospital was set up on campus to accommodate the large number of students falling ill. Sixty-six women are listed in the 1919 Agromeck as being “on duty at State College during the influenza epidemic.” At the top of the page is a Memoriam to two nurses who “died while nursing State College boys during influenza epidemic.” These nurses are listed as Miss Eliza Riddick and Miss Lucy Page.

For many years, Eliza Riddick has frequently been identified as the daughter of Wallace C. Riddick. Wallace C. Riddick was the 4th President of the College and led the school through  the first world war and the influenza epidemic.

Eliza Riddick shares Wallace C. Riddick’s last name, but she was not his daughter.

Letter from Anna Riddick, 1967

The university archives has several folders of material on Wallace C. Riddick, including newspaper articles, copies of speeches, and obituaries. None of these sources mentions the loss of a daughter. There are several sources which list his children by name: Wallace Whitfield, Lillian Ivy, Narcissa Daniel, Anna Ivy Jones and Eugenia Trovers (note there is no “Eliza” listed). And perhaps the most definitive piece of evidence, a letter written to the University Archivist in 1967 by Anna Ivy Jones Riddick (one of Riddick’s daughters) lists the children of Wallace Carl and Lillian Riddick and states quite plainly “children – all living.”

Now that we have established that Eliza Riddick was not, in fact, Riddick’s daughter – the question remains, who was she?  An article in the November 1, 1918 Alumni News describes her as “only 24, gladsome, buoyant, joyful, radiant.” She was a “young soldier who enlisted against the scourge…She labored for her Government by day and by night, followed disease to its den, that those who fought it off might be reinforced by the presence of a woman.” Certainly, she made an impression on the writer – there doesn’t appear to be a similar article for Miss Lucy Page, the other young woman who died while nursing sick students.

This, of  course, STILL doesn’t answer the question of who Eliza Riddick was. In the 1919 Agromeck Memoriam, there are 5 women listed with the last name of Riddick: Mrs. I.G. Riddick, Miss Eliza Riddick, Mrs. W.C. Riddick, Miss Lillian Riddick and Miss Anna Riddick. Knowing that Lillian and Anna were both daughters of Mrs. W.C. Riddick, and assuming that the names were listed in some sort of mother/daughter relationship (since its clearly not alphabetical), it stands to reason that Eliza was the daughter of Mrs. I.G. Riddick. Wallace C. Riddick was born and presumably raised in Wake County by an uncle or grandfather following the death of his parents. His mother was from Wake Forest and his parents chose to settle there after marrying. These familial bonds to the area indicate that Mrs. I.G. Riddick was a likely a family member, perhaps a sister-in-law. If Eliza was her daughter,  this would make Eliza Riddick a niece of  Wallace C. Riddick and a cousin to his children.

This last bit is speculation of course, but a mystery we invite someone to solve! So while we still aren’t sure who Eliza Riddick was, there is ample proof that she was not the daughter of Wallace C. Riddick!

For more information on Wallace C. Riddick or NC State’s involvement in World War I, please contact us at library_specialcollections@ncsu.edu.

May 01 2017

NC State during World War I

Wallace Carl Riddick, NC State's president during WWI

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of U.S. participation in World War I, Special Collections News continues its examination of the impact that the war had on NC State students, faculty, and campus.  Visit our previous post on NC State during WWI, as well as the post by our colleagues at the NC State News blog.  The post below will look at changes in enrollment and student academic performance.

Enrollment Sank . . .

The war destabilized enrollment at NC State.  Shortly after the United States declared war on 6 April 1917, approximately 100 students withdrew from the college, even before the school year ended.  The total enrollment was less than 800 during the 1916-1917 academic year, so the early departures were significant.  As President Wallace Carl Riddick reported to the Board of Trustees in May 1917, “a majority of those withdrawing have entered some phase of military service, while quite a number have gone home to work on the farms, having been induced to do so by the shortage of labor and the active food-production propaganda which is being spread throughout the state.”

NC State College Regiment, 1917-1918 (Agromeck, 1918)

The 1917-1918 academic year saw considerably fewer students at NC State–just 629 according to Riddick’s May 1918 report to the Board of Trustees.  The junior and senior classes were halved, all graduate students had departed, and considerably fewer people had taken the short courses.  (During the early twentieth century, short courses of eight weeks or less provided training to Agricultural Extension Service agents, farmers, and other rural citizens.)  Riddick noted that the decrease “. . . is no doubt due to the fact that many men who would have taken these courses have enlisted in military service.

. . . Then Spiked

Enrollment swung in the other direction during the following year, 1918-1919.  It jumped to more than 1000 students in both full semester courses and short courses, and this was the largest enrollment at NC State up to that time.  Nearly 600 of those enrolled came to NC State because of the Student Army Training Corps (SATC), a U.S. military program designed to provide simultaneously college education and military training.  SATC completely replaced the ROTC program at NC State during the Fall 1918 semester.

“Disturbing Effect” on Students

NC State College Regiment Lined Up near Leazar Hall, 1918-1919 (Agromeck 1919)

In President Riddick’s reports to the Board of Trustees, he repeatedly lamented the effect that the war had on student academic performance.  As early as May 1917, just as one month after the war declaration, he complained that some students “. . . have simply given way to that tendency . . . to quit studying when anything exciting happens.”   A year later he claimed that there remained “. . . a feeling of unrest among our students,” caused by them foregoing class and study ” . . . to take part in many parades and public exercises in behalf of the Red Cross, Y.M.C.A., Liberty Bonds, and other special war work.”  This had a “disturbing effect,” he claimed, yet admitted that “the work of our students has, I believe, been about up to average.”  Fall 1918 saw the worst disruptions because of confusion from the newly implemented SATC program and an influenza epidemic.  Riddick merely commented, “we could hardly have expected that the work of the students would be up to the usual standard . . . .”   In future posts Special Collections news will report more on the effect of the SATC program and the flu epidemic on NC State.

NOTE ON SOURCES:

The above post is primarily based on information in reports that President Wallace Carl Riddick made to the Board of Trustees.  These reports are filed with the Board of Trustees Minutes.  Similar information, although much condensed, also appears in the 1918 and 1919 Agromeck yearbooks.

Mar 22 2017

Image Discovery Week: Glass Negatives and Lantern Slides

This week, we’re joining the Harrye B. Lyon Design Library of the NCSU College of Design to celebrate Image Discovery Week by highlighting some of the unique visual resources offered through NCSU Libraries.  Check out the Design Library blog to view a sampling of the wonderful images they have to offer, which they’re sharing in a blog blitz all of this week.

Today we’re sharing some of the images from the University Archives Photograph Collection of glass plate negatives and lantern slides, showing scenes of farm life and landscapes around North Carolina (because it’s also Agricultural Awareness Week!).

"Two people standing in a tobacco field"

"Two people standing in a tobacco field"

This collection consists of glass negatives and lantern slides that were created by developing a photographic negative over a piece of light-sensitive lantern glass, and were then often hand-painted to give the image a rich, colorful finish. The slides were displayed using “Magic Lantern Slide” technology, lit up by lantern or candle light, and projected on a wall.

"Children in front of strip farming fields"

"Children in front of strip farming fields"

Much of the material in this collection was created by or received from the Agricultural Extension Service, and depicts various aspects of agriculture in North Carolina, including agricultural extension work, agricultural research, farms and farm life, animal husbandry, botany, horticulture, and crop science.

"Barn, fields and a row of flowers with mountains in the background"

"Barn, fields and a row of flowers with mountains in the background"

"African American Home Demonstration Club at Thompson's Roadside Market"

"African American Home Demonstration Club at Thompson's Roadside Market"

"Man with flowers in field in the mountains"

"Man with flowers in field in the mountains"

"Harvesting Lespedeza hay with mule-drawn agricultural equipment"

"Harvesting Lespedeza hay with mule-drawn agricultural equipment"

You can view more of the slides in this collection through our Rare and Unique Digital Collections site, where you can also access thousands of imagesvideoaudio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics.  If you’d like to learn more about these resources or have any other questions, as always, please feel free to contact us!

Mar 20 2017

Preparing for World War I

NC State student cadets, ca. 1915

April 6 will be the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I.  By the time that the country joined the fighting, several European countries had already been at war since 1914.  For the next several months Special Collections News will occasionally look back at the impact that the war had on NC State students and faculty.

A “Peace” March

During Thanksgiving weekend in 1914, just months after the war began in Europe, a group of NC State students in their cadet uniforms marched in downtown Raleigh as part of a send-off for the football team going to an out-of-town game.  A young boy saw them and asked, “Are you going to war?”  “No,” came the reply, “We’re going to Peace,” probably meaning Peace Street or Peace College (both were near a railroad station).  The student publication the Red & White printed a brief account of this.   Few of those students probably imagined that within three years they really could be marching off to war.

NC State cadets, 1917

The Preparedness Campaign

Even before the U.S. entered the war, several people in the country (most prominently former President Teddy Roosevelt) advocated military preparedness.   A visible aspect of Preparedness was the “Plattsburg movement,” in which “citizens’ training camps” were established in various states where civilian men could enroll in five-week military-training courses (the first camp was in Plattsburg, N.Y., hence the name).   By the end of 1916 thousands had volunteered to attend  (a military draft did not exist until after the country entered the war).  At NC State, the Red & White published articles about these camps on 30 January and 28 February 1917, and it encouraged all students to attend.

Early NC State historian David Lockmiller said that Preparedness caused little excitement on campus because students had been involved in military training since the college’s earliest years in the 1890s.  At that time all NC State students were required to attend drill and lectures on military science and tactics.  This was a legacy of the Morrill Act that provided federal funds to land-grant colleges in all of the states.  The entire NC State student body was organized into battalions and companies (by 1917 there were two battalions and eight companies), and students were required to wear cadet uniforms much of the time.

The college regiment, from the Agromeck 1917

ROTC Begins

In 1916 the federal government began a reorganization of the U.S. army and the National Guard, and it created the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at the nation’s colleges and universities.  The 14 December 1916 issue of the Red & White explained how the changes would affect NC State’s military program.  Mandatory military service would be required only for freshmen and sophomores, who would attended drills three hours per week.  Upperclassmen could elect to continue service and apply to become officers.  They would also have the three-hour-per-week drill requirement plus two hours for “recitation in military science.”  For all students there would be a requirement to attend four-week training camps at the end of the academic year.  The U.S. Army would supply all students in NC State’s military program with free uniforms.  Plans for the college’s new ROTC program were still being worked out at the time of the 6 April 1917 war declaration.

The Mexican Border Campaign

Amidst all of the preparedness, a few NC State student saw action, of sorts, in the U.S. military before war was declared.  In the summer of 1916 approximately 20 NC State students in the National Guard were stationed on the Mexican border and served into 1917.  The federal government had dispatched National Guard units from around the country to supplement the regular army in border patrol after Pancho Villa’s raid in Columbus, New Mexico.  One student, reported on National Guard involvement in the Red & White, and it is possible he was one of the NC State students who were part of the campaign.  He complained that with only a few hours of drill per day and an occasional tour of guard duty, the National Guard was being underutilized.  “The present service then has rubbed the wrong way with the majority of guardsmen,” he concluded.  Also of note, earlier in the article he said that as many as 35 percent of those inducted had failed the physical examination.  A few months later when the United States actually entered the European conflict, its troops may not have been prepared after at all for the World War.

Jan 30 2017

“State College” in the Red & White

“A & M” Becomes “State”

NC State's Block-S logo in the 1918 Agromeck

NC State's Block S logo in the 1918 Agromeck

In 2017 our university celebrates the hundredth anniversary of being “State.”  When founded in 1887, our name was the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, and most students fondly referred to it as “A & M.”  That changed in early 1917.  On January 9 of that year the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees authorized the college administration to recommend a name change to the North Carolina state legislature, which then passed a bill that officially made our institution the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering.

This new name was cumbersome in casual conversation, however, and people soon proposed shortened forms.  One was “A & E,” obviously modeled on the previous “A & M.”  Students and many alumni immediately opposed this and countered with “State College” or just “State.”  At a 27 March 1917 meeting, the student body formally adopted “State,” and many alumni agreed it was the best “popular” form of the name.  The 15 April 1917 issue of the Red & White student publication (see below)  reported on the student and alumni reaction.

The same Red & White issue may also have been the first publication on campus to use the new college name in its masthead.  The 1917 Agromeck must have been finalized or gone to press prior to the name change because it still displayed a modified version of the old “A & M.”  The changes did make their way into the 1918 Agromeck, in which the “Block S” also appeared.

The Red & White

Red & White September 1910

Red & White was an early student publication on the NC State campus.

With this posting in the “Special Collections News” we introduce the Red & White as a new resource available through our Rare and Unique Digital Collections portal.  The Red & White was published by students, and it was the closest thing to a campus newspaper prior to the Technician, which did not begin publishing until 1920.  While the Red & White focused on athletics, it also reported on events and activities on campus, and it frequently included essays, short stories, poetry, and humor.  It published several times throughout the academic year, if sometimes irregularly.  Having begun in 1899, the Red & White ceased publication with the 15 April 1917 issue mentioned above.  The United States had entered World War I just days prior to this, and the college administration decided to stop all student publications for the duration of the war, except for the Agromeck yearbook.  The Red & White never returned, however, after hostilities ceased.

Nov 21 2016

New Items and Cross-Referencing Materials Within “Better Living”

Southern Farm Management Extension Publications, no. 5 - Inheritance Your Farm And Family

One goal of “Better Living in North Carolina” is to digitize the Cooperative Extension Service Annual Reports, print copies of which are held by NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center. A year into the project, nearly all of these reports have been digitized and are now available online. Project staff has shifted its focus to the publications of the Cooperative Extension, like 4-H newsletters, Home Economics bulletins, and even TV schedules for Extension programs.

Another purpose of “Better Living” is the digitization of hundreds of Cooperative Extension Annual Reports that exist only on microfilm. Right now, 467 reports from 1909 to 1917 digitized from four reels of microfilm are online. While icrofilm is still widely available at many libraries, it is an obsolete technology. Even when it is used, microfilm presents many limitations to copying and searching. Digitized microfilm images are by far easier to access and search.

Cover from a 1917 county agent report by John W. Mitchell. Digitized from microfilm.

These reports and publications are more than year by year documentation and products of the agricultural extension. They are also artifacts of the hard work of the men and women who developed the agricultural extension in its early history. The very first annual report (above) submitted by A&T agent John W. Mitchell, can now be seen. Some of the first club reports by Jane McKimmon are also online. It is now possible to research the first county agents of Mecklenburg, Chatham and Guilford Counties and then check for related information in other materials within our “Rare and Unique Special Collections“.

Photo of Campers Getting Ready to Start Camp Improvement Project. All 80 Photographs in "Better Living in NC" are from the S. B. Simmons Collection, Archives & Special Collections, North Carolina A&T State University.

The boon to today’s researchers is being able to quickly cross reference materials of multiple formats from the agricultural history of North Carolina. One can start with any item like an annual report, then narrow that search for a particular agent, county, region, or extension program, and also search for a conference brochure for names, related reports, and images within our “Rare and Unique Special Collections” and “Historical State“.  Agent John Mitchell is one of a few cases were biographical essays are also available. By focusing on these resources, “Better Living” complements the previous NCSU Libraries LSTA-funded digitization projects, “Cultivating A Revolution” and “Green and Growing.” The three work together to expose scores of resources documenting the impact of agricultural innovation in NC across the last century.

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 text materials documenting extension history and other topics.

Oct 24 2016

Web Archiving Update

NC State University Websites Collection

We are pleased to announce that the first phase of our web archiving project is now in full swing. Earlier this month we completed the quality assurance checks for 140 new seed URLs in our NC State University Websites collection, which will now be crawled on a recurring basis. We are now crawling 190 university websites on a recurring basis. This includes the websites of campus-wide administrative units, each of the 12 colleges, and the vast majority of departmental websites. We have captured 484 gigabytes worth of data in just the past 12 months. This collection is set to be crawled at regular intervals throughout the year, so we will continue to capture updated websites as changes are made to campus websites. You can explore the entire collection by visiting https://archive-it.org/collections/5838. The chart below shows the growth we have experienced over the past year of collecting. We are projecting that by the end of this collecting cycle we will have preserved over 700GB of website data, the majority of which is contained in our NC State University Websites Collection.

Documenting the Process

Web Archiving is still a relatively new area of practice for libraries and archives. There are not nearly enough resources that document the process of starting to build a new web archive. It is a complex task both from a technical standpoint as well as from an organizational policy standpoint. Developing internal standards and best practices ensures that the web archive can be maintained long-term. We have been working on these standards and practices for over a year now, and decided it was time to formally document them. For us, the best option for documentation was to create a website that outlined different processes that we have in place, from seed selection and scoping to quality assurance and collecting guidelines. We have also made the decision to make that documentation openly available online. You can view it at https://ncsu-libraries.github.io/web-archiving-docs. We hope that this documentation is helpful for other organizations that might be starting new web archives, by adding transparency to a process that is often only internally documented.

Aug 26 2016

SCRC Processing Team Gears Up for 2016-2017

As students and faculty return to campus and think of interesting research projects using Special Collections, our processing team is reassembling and gearing up to make more of our collections findable and usable for them.  From receiving a collection to making it available for research, many people are involved.  Today we’ll tell you a little bit about who they are and what they’ll be working on this fall.

We receive new collections and additions to existing collections nearly every week, and we make these collections available as soon as possible by preparing container lists and preliminary collection guides immediately when they arrive. Then they go into a queue for extra arrangement and description depending on how we expect they might be used, and on the availability of processors and space.

One of our Library Associates processing a collection

Special Collections staff, of course, work on arranging and describing collections year round. Our University Archives Specialist spends much of her time inventorying materials as they arrive from University offices. Right now she is also working on a project with the records of the Cooperative Extension Director’s office to describe them in a way that will make them easier to find and use, in preparation for digitizing them. Our Digital Program Technician is currently arranging and describing a collection of comic books. A staff member in the Libraries’ Acquisitions and Discovery Department also helps with processing collections. Her expertise in metadata and cataloging are particularly helpful, especially with some of the large collections she has worked on.

We have two Library Associates– part-time, entry-level professional archivists who are graduate students in public history or library science–who arrange and describe collections. They also help with other aspects of archival work, including helping pick up collections from donors, writing blog posts (stay tuned – you’ll be hearing from them!), and other special projects that come up during their time with us. Because they are new this year, they will start out with some smaller collections, and as the year goes on they will work on larger and more complex collections.

This semester we will have two other graduate students processing collections in the SCRC, one from NCSU’s Public History Ph.D. program and one from UNC-CH’s Library Science program. These particular students have both worked at our Public Service desk and have helped inventory collections while there. We are fortunate to have graduate student processors who have worked with researchers so they will have researchers’ needs in mind as they arrange and describe collections.

We will also have three work-study students working with us this semester. The majority of their work will be re-foldering and inventorying collections. They will remove collection material from the folders in which it arrives and will place it in acid-free folders, then label the folders clearly and consistently, place them in acid-free boxes, and list them in a spreadsheet or directly in ArchivesSpace, our collection management software. Students who work at our Reading Room desk also do this kind of work when they are not actively engaged in helping researchers.

Visit our website for more information about finding and using archival collections at NCSU.   You can also search directly within our collection guides or browse a list of our collections for more.  If you have any questions about how to find or use the collections, as always, contact us!  We are here to help you find what you need.

Aug 08 2016

Olympians in the Wolfpack

With the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics last week, we’re taking a look back at the legacy of members of the NC State Wolfpack who have been part of past Olympic games.  This year we’re cheering on four NC State swimmers participating in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio: Anton Ipsen, Simonas Bilis Soren Dahl, and Ryan Held – and celebrating Held’s gold medal in yesterday’s 4 x 100 relay!

Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Rerych.

Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Rerych.

Swimmer Steve Rerych won medals at the Mexico City Olympics for the 4 x 100 freestyle and 4 x 200 freestyle. At NC State Rerych had been a three-time All-American and nine-time ACC champion. He is the only person in ACC swimming and diving history to be three-time champion in three different events. Rerych was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Tommy Burleson was from Newland, North Carolina. He wa a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team that won a silver medal in Munich, 1972.

Tommy Burleson was from Newland, North Carolina. He wa a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team that won a silver medal in Munich, 1972.

Kenny Carr won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic basketball team in Montreal, 1976.

Kenny Carr won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic basketball team in Montreal, 1976.

Steve Gregg, Harrigan, and Goodhew swam for NCSU in the early 1970s. Steve Gregg won a silver medal for the 200 butterfly, Dan Harrigan won a bronze medal for the 200 back stroke and Duncan Goodhew, who swam for Great Britain, won a gold medal for the 100 breast stroke.

Steve Gregg, Harrigan, and Goodhew swam for NCSU in the early 1970s. Steve Gregg won a silver medal for the 200 butterfly, Dan Harrigan won a bronze medal for the 200 back stroke and Duncan Goodhew, who swam for Great Britain, won a gold medal for the 100 breast stroke.

In the 1975 Pan American Games held in Mexico City, Steve Gregg won the silver medal in the 200 meter butterfly, and Dan Harrigan won the gold medal in the 200 meter backstroke. In the 1976 Olympics, Gregg won silver in the 200 meter Butterfly, while Harrigan won bronze in the 200 meter backstroke. Both swam for NC State in the early 1970s, including on the 1973 team that won all eighteen events at the ACC tournament.

Steve Gregg and Dan Harrigan, 1975 Pan American Games medalists.

Steve Gregg and Dan Harrigan, 1975 Pan American Games medalists.

Tab Ramos played for North Carolina State University during the 1980s. He played for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team in 1988 at the Summer Olympics and continued to play for the National Team until 2000. He has been named U.S. Soccer Player of the Year (1990) and is in the United States Soccer Hall of Fame.

Tab Ramos played for North Carolina State University during the 1980s. He played for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team in 1988 at the Summer Olympics and continued to play for the National Team until 2000. He has been named U.S. Soccer Player of the Year (1990) and is in the United States Soccer Hall of Fame.

Nora Lynn Finch (left) and Kay Yow carrying United States Olympic Festival Torch through North Carolina State University campus, fall 1987.

Nora Lynn Finch (left) and Kay Yow carrying United States Olympic Festival Torch through North Carolina State University campus, fall 1987.

Coach Kay Yow, NC State Women’s Basketball coach from 1975-2009, carried the Olympic torch in the opening ceremony of the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival in Raleigh.  She went on to coach the winning U.S. Women’s Basketball team in the 1988 Olympics. As a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, Yow had more than 700 career wins.

Coach Kay Yow and the United States Olympic team show pride during the playing of the National Anthem before an exhibition game in Raleigh, 1988.

Coach Kay Yow and the United States Olympic team show pride during the playing of the National Anthem before an exhibition game in Raleigh, 1988.

Many more highlights of NC State athletics and Olympians over the years are available in our Rare and Unique Digital Collections and in our collection guides. Check out our Historical State timelines for more NC State athletics history, and contact us if you are interested in using these or any other materials in the SCRC!

Aug 02 2016

Hidden Documents Within The Cooperative Extension Service Annual Reports

Annual reports and plans of work created by the Cooperative (Agricultural) Extension service document their completed tasks and goals to improve the agriculture and economy of North Carolina and its citizens. While primarily composed of text, they often contained a combination of media and information visuals designed to supplement the written information. Those supplements included pamphlets, extension circulars, newspaper clippings, radio scripts, and even blueprints.

Below are several examples of unique items digitized within these reports by the “Better Living” project.

Extension Circular No. 272 - Disease Control in the Home Garden, February 1944. From Report of Extension Work in Plant Pathology in North Carolina for 1944

Extension circulars were publications on various agricultural technical topics printed on a few pages for easy use. Many more of these were digitized in the Green and Growing project.

Magazine “Business of Farming” Autumn 1956. From North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service Narrative Report for 1956

There are numerous articles and press releases within these reports from North Carolina newspapers and regional agricultural magazines. These articles were usually contributed by an extension service department agent.  The article from the “Business of Farming” magazine  (above) includes an interview with W. C. Warrick, an extension agricultural engineer and a farm couple from Alexander County, North Carolina, on the development of the best type of home for a modern (1950s) farm family.

Brochure for 1966 N. C. Farm Materials Handling Exposition - North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service Annual Report - Agricultural Production, Management, and Natural Resources Use 1966.

Several brochures and flyers are important records of the educational outreach of extension agents and professors.

Oversized Bar Graph - North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service Narrative Report For 1943

Oversized Bar Graph - North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service Narrative Report For 1943

Many reports from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering extension office contain oversized blueprints of modern farming facilities and data charts which had to be carefully unfolded so a resource could be digitized using our overhead scanner.

Architectural Drawing - North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service Annual Report - Agricultural Production, Management, and Natural Resources Use 1965

Technical drawings from within the annual reports reveal the intricate planning of agricultural research stations and facilities in North Carolina.

Photos - Report of Extension Work in Plant Pathology in North Carolina For 1944

Many photographs of extension activities were printed within the text of some annual reports. In some cases original photographs were affixed to report pages as documentation of extension activities.

Resources related to all agricultural sciences taught by the Cooperative Extension are available as part of the 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. Additionally, Historic State is rich resource for discovering information about the university’s role in creating educational materials about agriculture in North Carolina.