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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!

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.

Nov 28 2016

Communication Services Images Added to University Archives

Wear Red Get Fed Homecoming event in 2004

Thanks to a recent addition, researchers can now access photographic negatives and digital images of NC State history from 1985 to 2011.  The 44 linear feet of materials expands the scope of the North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Communication Services Records; in its totality, the collection now provides a photographic archive of NCSU history from the 1940s to the 2010s.

The Department of Communication Services (previously the Department of Visual Aids) provided communication leadership and innovation for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to further the mission of North Carolina State University. It maintained a collection of negatives in chronological order based on faculty and staff requests.  In 2002, reflecting a switch to digital, the images are stored on CD-ROM rather than as photographic negatives.   By 2013, Communication Services was no longer a department under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It merged with Creative Services to become one of the three units under University Communications. The other units are News Services and Web Communications.

Some negatives that were previously acquired have already been digitized and made available on our Rare and Unique Digital Collections site.  Their subjects include portraits of faculty, staff, and students, athletics, agriculture (including livestock, crops, and farm life), and Cooperative Extension activities (especially 4-H).  This latest accession contains images of campus building groundbreakings, campus events, award ceremonies, and faculty research.  Up until now, the University Archives has not had many images from this more recent time period (1980s-2010s) because it frequently takes time for records to make their way to us.  Therefore this valuable addition fills in an essential part of the visual narrative of the University.

While much of the collection has not yet been digitized, researchers are welcome to view any materials, including negatives and digital files.  Indexes do exist for locating images by topic or department.  Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information or to view the collection.

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox breaks ground on the David Clark Lab expansion, October 2003

College of Design student, hard at work in 2005

CALS Tailgate in Dorton Arena, 2003

Oct 20 2016

From the Archives: Presidents’ Visits to NC State and near campus

We are less than three weeks from Election Day, November 8th, and early voting will start this Thursday, October 20th. We hope you that those of you who can vote have made your plans, as we decide who will hold local offices, state offices, and this year, who will be our Commander in Chief.

A number of American presidents have visited NC State and near its campus, and the Special Collections Research Center’s Rare and Unique Digital Collections holds images from these events. Please enjoy these glimpses into the past!

President Harry S. Truman with Governor R. Gregg Cherry at NC State Fair, 1948.

President Theodore Roosevelt in Raleigh, 1910. He's wearing a top hat and is in the very center of the festoons.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Chancellor John William Harrelson at Farm and Home Week, 1947. Eisenhower was the Chief of Staff of the Army at the time.

Candidate John F. Kennedy addressing an estimated crowd of 8,000 at Reynolds Coliseum, 1960.

President Lyndon B. Johnson arriving for Democratic campaign rally held in Reynolds Coliseum, 1964

President Jimmy Carter at the 1991 Emerging Issues Forum.

President Ronald Reagan posing with Mr. and Mrs. Wuf, 1985.

President George Bush with Drs. Zhi-Yu Yang and Jan Schetzina in Physics Labs, 1990.

Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, with North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt on a panel at the 1988 Emerging Issues Forum.

Candidate Barack Obama speaking at rally at Reynolds Coliseum

Candidate Barack Obama speaking at rally at Reynolds Coliseum, 2008.

Be sure to vote on Tuesday November 8, or take advantage of early voting October 20-November 5. You can find voting information at Wake County Board of Elections’ website, or for Durham County and Orange County.

You can find more archival materials related to American presidents here. 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.

Aug 11 2016

From the Archives: Wolfpack Welcome Week special

This Friday is the start of NC State’s Wolfpack Welcome Week, the traditional event to welcome new students, helping them adjust to life on campus and prepare for their upcoming class schedules, as well as greet returning students. NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center would like to commemorate the new semester with a sampling of images from digitized materials in our Rare and Unique Digital Collections.

For those unfamiliar with the Special Collections Research Center, we hold and manage the University’s unique archival materials, and you can find us in the D. H. Hill Library. We have a large digitized collection of Special Collections materials available online. This includes images like these, where students from years past are moving into their dorms, attending student orientation, and registering for classes.

We hope this school year goes wonderfully for you! 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. If you are interested in learning more about our materials or viewing them, please see information on using Special Collections materials and use our Special Collections Request Form.

Jul 15 2016

From the Archives: Summer Fun at 4-H Camps

We here at NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections and Research Center want to help you beat the heat with these images taken of kids at 4-H summer camps. Our Rare and Unique Digital Collections has a great amount of materials related to the history and activities of the NC Cooperative Extension, an organization which includes the Department of 4-H Youth Development. The images below were taken at North Carolina summer camps established through the Cooperative Extension, where 4-H children could find education and recreation during their vacation months.

You can find more images related to 4-H camps here. 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 11 2016

Celebrating National Ice Cream Month

NC State ice cream video created by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

NC State ice cream video created by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

July is National Ice Cream Month!  Click the image above to view a video from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Audiovisual Collection, showing a look behind the scenes of NC State’s campus creamery.  Howling Cow ice cream is still made and enjoyed on campus today (available in both D.H. Hill Library and James B. Hunt Jr. Library), especially during the dog days of summer.

Explore our digitized collections for more ice cream-related materials from the archives!

Guilford County 4-H Club girls selling ice cream to the picnic to send delegates to Short Course, August 1, 1941.

Guilford County 4-H Club girls selling ice cream to the picnic to send delegates to Short Course, August 1, 1941.

Patricia Simonds, Dairy Princess 1957, with cup of N.C. State College ice cream during Dairy Month

Patricia Simonds, Dairy Princess 1957, with cup of N.C. State College ice cream during Dairy Month

Boy and girl eating ice cream, 1956.

Boy and girl eating ice cream, 1956.

May 27 2016

Happy Memorial Day!

Summer begins — the season for parades and picnics. Enjoy these and other historic images!

Picnic gathering in Wilkes Co., N. C., 1912.

Picnic gathering in Wilkes Co., N. C., 1912.

NC State ROTC cadets, ca. 1975

Home Demonstration picnic supper, Cabarras Co., N. C., ca. 1936

NC State ROTC band in a parade in Raleigh, N.C., 1930

Apr 25 2016

Identifying the Stories in Our Collections

As part of several recent outreach events, the Special Collections Research Center has produced giveaway buttons featuring images from our digitized collections. The button images generate awareness of and interest in our collections, and often spark questions about the stories behind the people featured in them.

Button designs featuring women scientists and engineers at NC State.

Button designs featuring women scientists and engineers at NC State.

In particular, a set of buttons we created for the Science Scircus, a recent event on the Brickyard organized by the College of Sciences Director of Public Science Holly Menninger, featured historic images of women scientists and engineers at NC State.  Students and faculty picking up the buttons were excited to learn about the women highlighted on the buttons, and while we know the names and stories of many of these women, such as Emily Brown Blount, the first female student to graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering, and Frances “Billie” Richardson, the first female faculty member in the College of Engineering, others remain a mystery.

We can gather that this woman was working in the College of Textiles in the 1950s.

We can gather that this woman was working in the College of Textiles in the 1950s.

This photograph was likely used in recruiting materials in the 1970s. If there any ideas about the equipment or the possible discipline she would be working in, we'd love to know them!

This photograph was likely used in recruiting materials in the 1970s. If there any ideas about the equipment or the possible discipline she would be working in, we'd love to know them!

As a sampling of the broader collection, the buttons highlight a broader challenge: the images that we place online in our digitized collections often arrive in the archives without detailed identifying information for us to provide users in the form of metadata. However, as we continue to develop relationships with members of the NC State community through our growing outreach program, we create more opportunities to meet users who can provide this information and help us better describe the materials.

As we connect more users with material in our collections, we invite them to share any information they may have that can help us describe them in greater detail.  If you recognize any of the unidentified people, events, or places in our collections, please let us know!

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.