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Posts tagged: College of Design

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!

Dec 12 2016

Charles “Chuck” Flink Oral History now available in Special Collections

Oral history interview with Chuck Flink

Oral history interview with Chuck Flink

The Special Collections Research Center now has available an oral history interview with Charles “Chuck” Flink. The interview can be accessed here. Too, Special Collections has the Greenways Incorporated Records and Charles A. Flink Papers which are also open for research.

There are other oral history resources relating to Landscape Architecture in Special Collections, including the Lewis Clarke Oral Histories. Those oral histories can be accessed here.

Also available is an oral history with Richard C. Bell.

For more information about landscape architecture collections, please visit our collections page here.

Mar 03 2016

Image Discovery Week: Works from the College of Design

It is Image Discovery Week, so NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center and the College of Design’s Library are collaborating to highlight our visual resources. Special Collections’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections are our online resource for viewing photographs, documents, audio-visual media, and other archival material related to NC State and North Carolina’s history and contemporary events. The Digital Collections are a fantastic research resource, as well a great way to learn about our University and its students, faculty, and staff over the years.

In honor of the Design Library, here are some images from our collections of the College of Design’s student and faculty projects and art exhibits:

Please visit the SCRC blog for more information on Image Discovery Week and our collections. If you would like to learn more about the Special Collections Research Center and our digitized materials, please visit the Rare and Unique Digital Collections for access to thousands of images, video, audio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics.

Jan 26 2016

Collaboration with Sara Queen’s D101 Design Thinking Class

Students explore notebooks of Marvin Malecha, former dean of the College of Design.

Professor Sara Queen recently collaborated with Special Collections to bring to life the early history of NC State’s College of Design for students in her class D101, Design Thinking.

Eli Brown, Todd Kosmerick, and Virginia Ferris gave a presentation to Queen’s 160 students last week, focusing on founding dean Henry Kamphoefner and the rich legacy of modernism that he cultivated in his faculty and students during the early years of the College of Design (originally named the School of Design), 1948-1972. The talk featured excerpts of a video oral history interview with former dean of the College of Design, Marvin J. Malecha, conducted and archived by Special Collections, as well as excerpts of earlier interviews with faculty and alumni.

Design students model a geodesic cotton mill, circa 1952.

This week the students came to D.H. Hill Library to view materials from the collections that document those early years. Groups of students visited throughout the day to explore a selection of items from our collections, including the ever popular notebooks from the Marvin J. Malecha Papers, architectural drawings and papers from the collections of Henry Kamphoefner, Matthew Nowicki, George Matsumoto, Lewis Clarke, and T.C. Howard, posters and publications featuring the work of Alexander Isley and Meredith Davis, and early bulletins and student publications from the College of Design Publications Records. As part of their class assignment, students selected one item to document (in sketches, diagrams, or photographs) and to analyze in a reflection paper. We enjoyed watched the students’ reactions to the materials, which sparked a lot of great discussions, and look forward to seeing more of their reflections.