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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 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.

Mar 02 2016

Image Discovery Week: Campaigns, Elections, and Voting!

In honor of Image Discovery Week at Design, we would like to take a moment to highlight some of our image resources from our Rare and Unique Materials. The University Archives Photograph Collection contains a wealth of information about university history and student life,  including images of the Student Government elections. Check out these images of students campaigning and voting in elections past.

Ron Jessup campaigning for Student Body President, 1974

Students voting, 1977

Campaign sign for Rusty Mau and Devon Riley, 2014

Eric Plow campaigning for Student Body President, 1970-1971

Students voting, 1982

Feb 29 2016

Design Classes Meet with Special Collections

Two of Dr. Russell Flinchum’s classes recently met with Special Collections as they continued to explore materials in the collections relating to design. This photograph, taken by undergraduate Art and Design student Tyler Farlow, shows Dr. Flinchum as he discusses a series of volumes available in Special Collections, The coal tar colours of Farbwerke vorm. Meister Lucius & Brüning: Hoechst on Main: and their application in dyeing cotton and other vegetable fibres. This item can be viewed here.

Dr. Flinchum noted, “Hoechst immediately jumped out at me because I knew it was part of I.G. Farben, the massive German dyeworks and chemistry cartel, for whom Peter Behrens designed a beautiful headquarters in the early 1920s making extensive use of color. I’ve always been interested in the ‘coal tar revolution’ and how garbage became gold and led to organic chemistry. This beautifully preserved copy demonstrated to my students that there was a fully-formed system of color specifications as early as 1907, as seen in this example, and that the ‘pre-Pantone’ world was a very sophisticated one…even if it was analog.”

In light of Image Discovery Week, courtesy of the Design Library, we in the Special Collections Research Center will be highlighting some of our visual resources this week.

Apr 29 2011

Last “Monthly Special” of the Semester

On Wednesday, we traveled over the Harrye B. Lyons Design Library for our last “Monthly Special” of the Spring semester to share some more of our materials with students at the College of Design (see our original post regarding “The Monthly Special” here).  Despite the windy weather and exams starting next week, we had a good turnout of students and faculty interested in what we brought over.

Looking at rare books at "The Monthly Special"

Some of the materials we brought over included the original As Built drawings of the NCSU Bookstore from the G. Milton Small Papers, photographs from the College of Design’s history, including photographs of Buckminster Fuller and Frank Lloyd Wright, the 1939 Agromeck, and assorted rare books, including a Hand Paper making Book which many people enjoyed looking through.

Students and staff looking at materials in the Design Library

While this was our last visit to the Design Library this school year, we hope to be back again in the fall, so be looking out for announcements of when we’ll be bringing more materials out of the vault!  In the meantime, anyone is welcome to come visit us and view materials from our collection in person in our reading room at D.H. Hill Library.