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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 23 2015

Growth from the Grassroots: Agricultural Awareness Week

In honor of Alpha Zeta’s annual Agricultural Awareness Week, beginning March 23, 2015, the Special Collections Research Center presents an exhibit in the Ask Us Lobby of D.H. Hill Library to highlight the farming men and women who have shaped the evolution of agriculture and technology in North Carolina.

From its roots as an agricultural experiment station, North Carolina State University has been interwoven into this evolution through teaching, research, and extension work that has supported local farming communities and organizations. Partnerships between NC State and the small farmers of North Carolina have pioneered innovative approaches to sustainability through times of major change, from the early industrial revolution through today.

Small farmers who relied solely on cash-crop cultivation suffered after World War II as cotton and tobacco prices plummeted, demand decreased, and overproduction glutted the market.  By growing more of their own food, farm families could provide their own sustenance without exhausting their meager cash supply. Publications like the Progressive Farmer newspaper and the D&P Monthly (Dairyman and Poultryman) circulated information to rural communities, and grassroots organizations like the North Carolina Farmers Bureau formed to give farmers a unified voice on agricultural issues. 4-H clubs and the Future Farmers of America supported agricultural education and leadership among rural youth. Annual conferences brought farmers together to learn from each other and from experts in agricultural research, frequently featuring presentations from NC State faculty and cooperative extension agents.  North Carolina agriculture evolved through these networks of support, empowering farming men and women to grow and negotiate economic and legislative policies in a changing agrarian economy.

The exhibit will highlight the evolution of farming practices and home-grown agricultural organizations in North Carolina that tell the story of the people who cultivated and developed our state.  Materials will be on display starting March 23, 2015, in the Ask Us Lobby of D.H. Hill Library.

The Special Collections Research Center has a wealth of materials that show the rich history of small farming and agricultural sustainability in North Carolina. The North Carolina Farm Bureau Records and North Carolina Agricultural Organizations Records reflect the leadership of farmers in their local communities and grassroots organizations. The Green N’ Growing project highlights materials from the Cooperative Extension Service, and Cultivating a Revolution and Living off the Land show the evolution of agricultural research, education, and farming practices in North Carolina. Our digital collections portal, Historical State, also contains a wide array of resources on agriculture in  North Carolina and at NC State in particular.

Mar 22 2013

Filming the Agriculture Experience

To finish out Agricultural Awareness Week, we want to highlight a particular subset of items included in the our agricultural digitization project.  Among the materials digitized and made accessible for the Cultivating a Revolution project are 150 films dating from the 1950s-1980s.  The films cover a spectrum of topics related to agriculture; from interviews at the state fair, to demonstations of machinery being tested, to interviews to politicians such as Jesse Helms and Jim Hunt about North Carolina and agriculture policy.  Farming programs such as “Aspect,” which was a regular half hour program featuring Hal Reynolds and various guests that included many members of the College of Agriculture and Life Science faculty, and segments from WRAL-TV’s “Farm News” are also included in the films digitized.

The films are all from the University Archives Audiovisual Collection (UA 024) and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (UA100-014).  To browse the films available and watch them online, visit those collections’ collection guides: UA024 and UA100-014.

Mar 18 2013

“The Public Must Understand Agriculture”

Photograph taken by Dr. Funkhouser during Ag Week in 2005

If you heard the cow mooing out on the brickyard this morning, you probably realized that today starts Agricultural Awareness Week here at North Carolina State University and across the nation!  In celebration, we’ll be highlighting materials we’ve digitized for Cultivating a Revolution, our agricultural digitization project in the Special Collections Research Center, all week.

To start the week off, we’re posting a link to a speech given in the early 1960s by David S. Weaver.  Weaver was a life long proponent of the importance of agriculture in North Carolina.  He was instrumental in expanding electricity to rural areas of the state in the 1930s and 1940s, and served as both head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at NCSU and head of the Agricultural Extension Service.  In the speech, Weaver discusses a theme that is still heard today – that many Americans don’t know where their food comes from and it is important to educate consumers on the important role agriculture has to play in the daily life of all people. To read the whole speech go here: “The Public Must Understand Agriculture” or click on the first page below.

Check in daily for more Ag Week highlights!