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Jan 23 2017

Wolf Tales Receives 2016-2017 Diversity Mini-Grant

We’re happy to announce that the SCRC’s mobile oral history program, Wolf Tales, has received a 2016-2017 Diversity Mini-Grant from the NCSU Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED). As described in this announcement from NCSU Libraries, the grant will support focused outreach to campus groups to document the voices of historically underrepresented students at NC State.

Shima Idries and Shamms DiarBakerli, Wolf Tales recording, 5 May 2016

Shima Idries and Shamms DiarBakerli, Wolf Tales recording, 5 May 2016

In its first year Wolf Tales has captured 41 recordings with a diverse range of voices, from current students to alumni of the class of 1943. The Wolf Tales video recordings and transcripts are archived and shared online through the Libraries’ Rare & Unique Digital Collections site. The Libraries has brought Wolf Tales recording stations to events ranging from annual reunions of the NCSU Alumni Association to “open days” in the Libraries where participants are invited to sit down individually or in groups of 2-3 people to make a 10-20 minute recording.

Student and alumni participants in the first year of Wolf Tales recordings.

Student and alumni participants in the first year of Wolf Tales recordings.

Having partnered with the African American Cultural Center to record student and alumni voices at Harambee! 2016, Wolf Tales will work with other campus organizations that support current and former students whose experiences have not been fully represented in written documentation, including in African American, LGBT, military veteran, Muslim, Latinx, and Native American communities.

Elwood and Diane Hill Becton, at the African American Cultural Center's Harambee 2016, 8 September 2016

Elwood and Diane Hill Becton, at the African American Cultural Center's Harambee 2016, 8 September 2016

Cynthia M. Sharpe, Destinie Statum, and Jakini Kauba at Harambee! 2016, 8 September 2016

Cynthia M. Sharpe, Destinie Statum, and Jakini Kauba at Harambee! 2016, 8 September 2016

Plans are currently underway to bring Wolf Tales to the GLBT Center’s Lavender Graduation in April 2017 to gather stories of the experiences of GLBT students and their allies. Wolf Tales plans to extend this framework to other underrepresented voices through partnerships with other OIED units and student groups to create a more diverse, inclusive record and to prevent future silences in the archives.

If you’re interested in making a recording or discussing a possible partnership with Wolf Tales, please contact, and visit the Wolf Tales website for more information. We are actively seeking partners and would love to hear from you!

Feb 03 2014

New Year, New Processing Space

This post is contributed by Ashley Williams, Project Archivist, Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Collections.

Our processing area at Satellite has had a makeover!  If you’re like most people at NCSU, you’re probably asking yourself –“what’s a Satellite?” and “what kind of processing?”

Satellite, or the NCSU Libraries’ Satellite Shelving Facility, is the building where some of the Special Collections Research Center’s materials are stored, and is also where many of these materials are arranged and described, or processed. Processing archival collections involves sorting and organizing them, moving papers into acid-free folders and boxes for long-term preservation, and creating written guides that will be published on the web to enable researchers to find and use the materials.

When our project to process collections relating to animal rights and animal welfare began in August 2012, a processing work space was created in the back of the building, where supplies and some large drawings were being stored. As is often the case with grant-funded projects, we were adapting a space that was not designed for us. Setting up an office partition to differentiate our processing area from the storage space and bookshelves to store the collection as we worked on it gave us space in which to work, but we were in a different part of the building from other staff and around the corner from our computers.

previous processing space

processing in previous space

In 2013, we were able to move our processing space to the front of Satellite and move the map cases located there to the back. The move happened on December 18, and the first week in January, I got to see it for myself. As a processing archivist, I was thrilled.

So what does this new processing space mean? Processors working in the space appreciate its spaciousness and the natural lighting, but most importantly, the improved space means more processing can take place. Four people are now able to work comfortably at the tables, each with plenty of space to spread out their work.  For example, there are three project archivists who are working on related collections.  Because we are now physically close to one another it becomes easier to ask a question or take a quick look at a document or file folder without having to go to a separate area in the building or take a project archivist away from her work. The space now has an organic feel where people are not sectioned off in individual bubbles, but rather work in a collaborative environment. Everyone has space, but that space is not rigid. Some days, your materials may take up more space, and other days less.

new processing space

The new space also means we are located only a rolling-chair-push away from the computer.  Now we can work on finding aids more easily, or, as has been the case with animal rights, look up a definition to a word associated with the collection that is being processed. Archival supplies and collection materials are easily accessible, but more importantly, the new processing space allows us easy access to other staff members who we can bounce ideas off of or consult with on an issue as it arises. Natural lighting, more space, and a collaborative work environment make the new processing area at Satellite a welcoming space for staff and visitors alike.

Dec 30 2013

The Animal Rights Network Records: A New Resource Documenting the Animal Rights Movement

This post is contributed by Darby Reiners, Project Archivist, Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Collections.

After a lot of hard work over the past year, the Animal Rights Network Records are now available for research! Processing the collection was challenging at times, and the nagging feeling that the unprocessed boxes were multiplying while we weren’t looking was present all too often. The results are well worth it, though: this sizable collection documenting the animal rights movement is now accessible to the public. The Animal Rights Network Records contain correspondence, office files, reports, clippings, publications, mailings, and audiovisual resources documenting the activities of the Animal Rights Network (ARN) and other groups advocating for the ethical and humane treatment of animals.

One of the largest series in the collection is the Animal Rights Network files, which include extensive information on how the organization prepared their bi-monthly magazine, Animals’ Agenda. The magazine contained original content and also served to help smaller animal rights organizations network with members of the animal rights community. ARN also maintained a library and archives and encouraged its members to collect and maintain their own collections documenting the animal rights and animal welfare movements; many members donated their collections to ARN. Other series include those of individuals from different organizations as well as files from larger organizations; these individuals and organizations include Ruth Gehlert, head of the Humane Crusade organization in Arizona; Susan Wiedman, founder of the Charlottesville Voices for Animals in Virginia; and the Farm Animal Reform Movement. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between these groups and individuals. Some of the groups were focused on only one subject within the larger animal rights movement, like the Farm Animal Reform Movement, while others collected materials that covered many subjects not directly connected to animal rights such as vegetarianism, environmentalism, and educational materials. It was also fascinating to see the different ideas that each group or individual had about animal rights issues like hunting, pet overpopulation, and animal testing.

We concluded our processing work with the oversize materials. This part of the processing was the most interesting part of our work because the majority of materials were posters, prints, and drawings that people had created for the animal rights movement. One of these pieces can be viewed below:

National Equine and Smaller Animals Defence League poster

Overall, we are pleased about the arrangement of the collection and the guide to its contents. It was a lot of work, but the journey to the finish line was full of exciting discoveries.

Jul 01 2013

Cultivating a Revolution project wraps up

Testing a Cucumber Harvester in the field

Yesterday marked the final day of our two-year project to digitize and make accessible over 40,000 pages of documents critical to understanding the history of agriculture in North Carolina.  “Cultivating a Revolution: Science, Technology, and Change in North Carolina Agriculture, 1950-1979” serves students, teachers, researchers, and the general public by documenting the development of modern agricultural practices and their economic impact across the state of North Carolina.  The industry currently generates $70 billion in value annually in the state. Drawing from thirteen different archival collections held by the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, “Cultivating a Revolution” provides primary source documentation and valuable historical information about the evolution of modern agricultural practices in North Carolina and the southeastern United States at large.

Highlights of the collection include drawings by Dr. William Johnson, Dr. William Splinter, and their graduate assistants, in the College of Agriculture and Life Science, of their designs for tobacco harvesters and bulk curing barns; correspondence with the international academic and business community regarding developments at NC State on bulk curing and mechanized harvesting of tobacco and other crops; and documentation of research into pesticide development, plant disease prevention, and genetic modification of crops.

The Farm of the Future

In addition to the text and photographic materials, over one hundred and fifty 16mm films from the University Archives Film Collection and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Records at NC State are now available online.  The films include interviews with scientists, engineers, extension workers, and farmers who developed and applied innovative agricultural practices, as well as footage of the application of these practices around North Carolina. The films include interviews with the creators and users of the newly developed bulk curing barns in the mid-1960s, a visit to the NC State Dairy Farm in the 1950s, and test runs of sweet potato and cucumber harvesters at the university’s research stations.

The funds to support this work were awarded by the State Library of North Carolina and are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Design for a better way to house cattle

The “Cultivating a Revolution” website at provides more information on the project and links to the digitized materials. The NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Unique Materials website at also makes it easy to access the digitized materials from the project.

Mar 08 2013

Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Collections Processing Underway at SCRC

The Special Collections Research Center was the recipient of a 2012 Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). This two-year grant will enable comprehensive collections documenting the animal welfare and animal rights movements to be arranged, described, and made available for research.

Work on this grant began in June 2012 with the hiring of a Project Librarian, Jodi Berkowitz. Throughout the summer Jodi familiarized herself with the collections, assessed them, determined processing plans, prepared an initial inventory, and hired graduate students to serve as Project Archivists. In addition to cataloging these materials, we will also be tracking time expended on various processing activities as well as conducting user studies to determine how much processing is needed for the different parts of large collections such as these.

Processing of the Animal Rights Network Records is currently underway. This large collection contains over 250 boxes, or nearly 400 linear feet. It includes correspondence, subject files, printed materials of all sorts (newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, reports,and more), editorial files for The Animals’ Agenda, the publication of ARN, as well as photographs and audiovisual materials. As processing continues we’ll be sharing updates about what we’re finding and how we’re making this all work.

Jul 10 2012

Finishing Year One of Cultivating a Revolution

Year One of the Cultivating a Revolution: Science, Technology, and Change in North Carolina Agriculture, 1950-1979 digitization project wrapped up last week and we wanted to share what is available so far from the project before we begin Year Two!

This past year, we have digitized 15,772 pages from seven different archival collections.  Some of the highlights include drawings done by Dr. William Johnson, Dr. William Splinter and their graduate assistants of tobacco harvesters and bulk curing barns developed to cure tobacco and correspondence with the international academic and business community regarding developments at NCSU on bulk curing and mechanized harvesting of tobacco and other crops.  Go to our images database directly to check out what has been digitized at .

114 16mm films are now available from the UA024 Subgroup 2 University Archives Film Collection and all the films can be accessed through the finding aid.  Some films of interest include an interview with the developers of and the farmers who used the newly developed bulk curing barns in the mid-1960s, an aerial film of the State Fair in the early 1950s, and a visit to the NCSU Dairy Farm in the 1950s.

In Year Two we will be focusing on digitizing departmental records from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and will do monthly blog updates on what we’re scanning.  Check back often to learn more and in the meantime, check out the project’s website at for more information on the project and links to the digitized materials.

Aug 25 2011

Our new architecture digital collection

Do you have an interest in North Carolina architecture?  Do you like looking at original drawings in your pajamas?  Do you enjoy checking out what buildings were designed in the early 20th century?

If so, we have a new digital collection website for you!

Rendering for the Grove Arcade in Asheville, NC by architect Charles Parker

The Special Collections Research Center in the North Carolina State University Libraries has finalized a project digitizing resources on early twentieth century architecture in North Carolina.  Currently available in the Built Environment Digital Collection website are

  • 8,000+ archival architectural drawings
  • 700 photographs
  • 1,000 North Carolina buildings represented
  • 1900 – 1950s time period

We are making publicly accessible materials that document a time period of wide expansion of the architecture profession and rapid urban development and social change in North Carolina.  Landmark buildings such as Raleigh’s Dorton Arena and the Asheville’s Grove Arcade are included in the collection, as well as more pedestrian buildings, such as hospitals, schools, factories, and grocery stores that structured the built environment of everyday North Carolinians in the early twentieth century.  Many of the buildings represented still stand today.

Black River Hunting Club Lodge by architect Leslie Boney

Architects’ work represented include

  • Louis Asbury
  • William H. Deitrick
  • Douglas Ellington
  • Northup & O’Brien
  • Matthew Nowicki
  • Charles Parker
  • Richard Sharp Smith

Drawings of other architects are also available.

H.L. Merritt House designed by the architecture firm Northup & O'Brien

The initial images digitized for this website were done as part of “Beaux Arts to Modernism: Early Twentieth Century Architecture in North Carolina,” a project partially funded by a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant as administered by the State Library of North Carolina.  The project was done in partnership with the J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the North Carolina State Archives, and the Asheville Art Museum.  Images will continue to be added to the site periodically.

Dec 13 2010

Now Available: Cathy Sterling Papers, 1966-1999

Cathy Sterling

Sterling, third from left, leads a protest

Cathy (now known as Kate) Sterling was the first woman to serve as student body president at North Carolina State University. Her campaign platform focused on students’ rights and the administration’s use of student fees.  As president, 1970-1971, Sterling was politically active, becoming involved in student movements against the Vietnam War and organizing a Peace Retreat on the NC State campus.

The Cathy Sterling Papers, 1966-1999, which are now available from the Special Collections Research Center, include correspondence, texts of speeches, reports, clippings, photographs, and artifacts relating to Sterling’s tenure as student body president.

To learn more about Cathy Sterling and view additional photographs, please visit Historical State.

For more information on the Cathy Sterling papers, please view the collection guide or contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Mar 22 2010

Historical State

North Carolina State University Libraries recently announced the launch of the enhanced version of Historical State, your gateway to the online resources of the University Archives in the Special Collections Research Center:

The site now brings together—under a single architecture—a diverse set of historical resources, including digitized images, course catalogs, and yearbooks; historic timelines, narratives, and online exhibits; and catalog records of books about NC State University. Patrons can use Historical State to explore the development of campus buildings, student life, athletics, and the academic colleges and departments.

In addition, the site’s new search allows patrons to search for specific names, dates, and events. This is particularly useful with items such as course catalogs and student yearbooks, where access to information at the page level is required. Users can search seamlessly across the collection and then limit results, through facets, by type, collection, subject, genre, geographic location, and decade. An integrated “page turner” further adds value to these resources, allowing users to easily page through an entire catalog or yearbook. The full text of course catalogs and yearbooks are searchable to allow users to pinpoint pages containing search terms.

Contact the SCRC Service Desk (919-515-2273) between 8 AM and 6:30 PM for research assistance or if you have any questions.