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Posts tagged: holidays

Dec 19 2016

From the Archives: Christmas Trees from our Digital Archives

The holidays are nearly upon us, and NC State students have finished their exams and preparing for winter break. We here at the Special Collections and Research Center at NCSU Libraries want to wish you Happy Holidays and show off the Rare and Unique Digital Collections, so here are videos, images, and documents featuring Christmas trees, an important plant industry in North Carolina. Let’s start off with two videos we have digitally preserved and uploaded to our site. Enjoy!

Christmas Plants

Click image to watch: "Christmas Plants": Caring for Live Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

Click image to watch: "Christmas Trees": Interview with Hal Reynolds and Fred Whitfield

Here is a selection of digitized images from our archives. The Christmas trees shown here not only come from collections highlighting University history and its winters past, but also our focus on forestry, home demonstration, and agricultural extension.

Decorating the Christmas tree at the College Union, 1955
Decorating the Christmas tree at the College Union, 1955
Students decorating a Christmas tree
Students decorating a Christmas tree in the Student Union, 1961
YMCA Christmas
Christmas at the YMCA, 1950s
4-H club boys give a demonstration on Christmas trees

4-H club boys give a demonstration on Christmas trees, 1954

Home Demonstration women setting up Christmas decorations at Broughton Hospital

Home Demonstration women setting up Christmas decorations at Broughton Hospital, 1960's

Home Demonstration exhibit "Stitch In Time For Christmas"

Home Demonstration exhibit "Stitch In Time For Christmas" at NC State Fair, 1960

Colored lantern slide of "Christmas tree land"

Colored lantern slide of "Christmas tree land," as viewed from Roan Mountain, circa 1920s

County Agent J. C. Powell examining cedar plantings

Forestry extension agent examping cedar plantings, future Christmas trees, 1942

Christmas Tree Plantation in Mountains

Christmas tree farm in the mountains, 1973

Finally, here are two text documents, “Forestry manual and record book for 4-H club members” and “Pathways To A New Century: Summary Report 1987-1990.” Both discuss the importance of Christmas trees as an economical resource, one as a guide written for young 4-H club members, the other a progress report for NC Cooperative Extension Service workers.

Forestry manual and record book for 4-H club membersPathways To A New Century - Summary Report 1987-1990

Again, have a wonderful break! 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.

Jul 01 2016

From the Archives: Let’s Have a Sane and Glorious Fourth!!

The Special Collections Research Center would like to wish everyone a wonderful Independence Day, or as The Technician phrased it in July 2, 1923, “Let’s Have a Sane and Glorious Fourth!!”

To help with your weekend’s sanity and gloriousness, here are other issues of the Technician newspaper with July Fourth articles:

To view more issues of  NC State’s Technician student newspaper, please visit our digitized collection of the first 70 years of the publication. If you want to see more images from the Special Collections Research Center, please visit 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.

Enjoy your Independence Day and have safe travels and festivities!

Jan 19 2016

In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the NC State community returns to campus after the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day holiday, let us take time to remember the legacy of the influential civil rights leader and beloved icon.

NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections and Research Center has archived issues of The Technician available online, which includes an article “Dr. King Urges Passive Resistance for Negroes,” from the February 13, 1958 edition of the newspaper. The article summarizes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to Raleigh, where he spoke on the subject of “Non-Violence and Racial Justice,”  a key component of his philosophy. The digitized Technician collection also features a January 20, 1986 article on NC State’s first celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, as well as many discoverable items on NC State’s relationship to Dr. King’s life, teachings, and legacy.

The Libraries and African American Culture Center’s Red, White, & Black multimedia project is another resource to explore while honoring Dr. King, and also in anticipation of next month’s Black History Month. It is a mobile-based tour of African-American history at NC State, made with location-aware software to provide a walking tour through our campus, providing text, audio, and images. The Special Collections and Research Center hosts the copies of the recordings in our Rare and Unique Digital Collections, and they can be found and listened to here.

In addition, please visit these past SCRC posts on Dr. King:
1958 Martin Luther King Visit
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination and NCSU’s Reaction

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 textual materials documenting NC State history and other topics.

Jul 04 2015

Happy Fourth of July from the Special Collections Research Center!

North Carolina State University’s Special Collections Research Center would like to wish everyone a happy Independence Day! Here are some images from our archives that will hopefully get you in the spirit of the Fourth.

If you want to see more images from the Special Collections Research Center, please visit 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.