Thursday, December 2, 2010

I-pad Aids Preservation

The WSSU Archives is working on a project to assist with both access and preservation of documents related to the early history of the University. This project entails the careful scanning of documents that are in danger of deterioration. These documents were scanned and attached to a metadata form so that the context of the document is not lost. These scans are then uploaded to the Archives I-pad so that researchers can still gain access to them without risking any further damage. The documents are still housed with the rest of the collection but are secluded for preservation. The metadata form was printed and included where the document was so that a researcher knows about the shift and we maintain original order. The goal of the project is to continue the preservation of the collection but also maintain a high level of access to the records.

Below is an example of the finished product.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Maya Angelou Collection Headed to the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY

Maya Angelou’s papers were acquired by the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY. Maya Angelou who has been a frequent speaker on the WSSU campus was a part of a deal that will send the large collection to Harlem, NY. For more details on the contents of the collection please read the NY Times article linked below.

Schomburg Center Acquires Maya Angelou Archive

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Teaching, Research, and Service Award Portfolios

In recent weeks there has been increased interest in viewing the portfolios of professors and staff that have won these awards in the past. The WSSU Archives does hold these items in our collection and planning a visit would be one way of seeing the portfolios. We have also scanned these items and they are available in the Rams Commons by following the link below. Browsing the Faculty Publications will allow visitors to view PDF versions of the portfolios at any time.

Rams Commons

Thursday, September 30, 2010

UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

As the time approaches for Professors to submit their portfolios for a chance to win this prestigious award, I thought it would be nice to present a list of past winners of the award.

Each year, since 1995, the UNC System presents an Award for Excellence in Teaching to a professor from each of the member institutions. Below is the list of previous winners from WSSU

2010 – Janice Witt Smith
2009 – Edwin D. Bell
2008 – Dennis Felder
2007 – Irene Phillips
2006 – Cassaundra M. El-Amin
2005 – Francine Giles Madrey
2004 – Himanshu Gopalan
2003 – Gloria King Clark
2002 – Nelson Adams
2001 – Donald MacThompson
2000 – Shirley F. Manigault
1999 – Michael A. Brookshaw
1998 – Adnee M. Bradford
1997 – Ike Ambrose Okonta
1996 – Mary E. Clancy
1995 – Elwanda Delores Ingram

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Friends of the Library 25th Year Celebration - Archives Exhibit

In honor of the 25th Year Celebration of the WSSU Friends of the Library, the Archives would like to extend a warm invitation to view the newly created exhibit for the FoL. The exhibit contains a timeline from creation to the coming Celebration Gala. Archival material and photographs come together to show the impact the FoL have on the CG O’Kelly Library and its services. The exhibit is up and will run through the Gala event on November 5th.

To view the exhibit please visit the WSSU Archives in the 1st Floor East Wing of the CG O’Kelly Library.

As a reminder, tickets and information about the FoL 25th Year Gala can be found at the link below. Hope to see you there.

WSSU Friends of the Library

Friday, September 3, 2010

Archives LibGuide

The archives LibGuide is completed and can be viewed by following the link below. The LibGuide provides access to databases and other material related to the WSSU Archives and other historical information. The LibGuide also provides access to newspaper databases and updated finding aids as they are completed. In addition there are several platforms available for asking questions about the archives and library.

WSSU Archives LibGuide

Friday, August 27, 2010

WSSU Friends of the Library

Friends will see Friends on Nov 5, 2010!

The WSSU Friends of the Library 25th anniversary gala will be at Clemmons Golf and Conference Center.

The Friends of the Library are celebrating 25 years of great work and support at the CG O'Kelly Library.

I invite you to watch the promo video and visit the Friends of the Library website below.

Friends of the Library

Monday, August 16, 2010

Rams Commons

This is to introduce the Rams Commons, the digital repository of the Winston Salem State University Archives. We are working hard to make available many of the records from WSSU. The digital collection is divided into three sections. The 1st section contains student theses. There are currently 11 available for searching but that number should be growing in the near future. The 2nd section contains Faculty Publications. There are 37 available digitally dating back as far as 1977. The final section provides access to library publications. This ranges from friends of the library material to C.E. Gaines' archival collection.

Please feel free to visit the Rams Commons by clicking the link below and view the material that is now available digitally.

Rams Commons

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Simon G. Atkins Collection

Simon Green Atkins (1863-1934) was the founder and first President of the Slater Industrial Academy (which would become WSSU) in Winston Salem, NC. The collection of records from Simon Atkins' tenure as President of the school is now available at the WSSU Archives. Included in the collection are correspondence, financial records, as well as publications and reports among other various other types of records. The collection was reprocessed and a new finding aid was created. The finding aid for the collection can be found by following the link below, or by visiting the WSSU Archives homepage and browsing through the manuscript collections.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Research Room

The archives is pleased to announce that the research room has been changed and now has more seating as well as an exhibit space. Feel free to come stop by and check out the new space.

Monday, August 9, 2010

First Post

I want to welcome you to the Winston Salem State University Archives blog. The purpose of this blog is to make available the events and holdings of the archives to the public in a more efficient method.

Shortly there will be posts providing infromation about exhibits in the archives, certain finding aids as they are completed, and general information. For more information please feel free to contact the archives.

Tom Flynn
Documents Librarian
Winston Salem State University
CG O'Kelly Library - Archives