Monday, November 11, 2013

Photo Identification at Hall of Fame Reception

On Friday November 8th, 2013 Winston-Salem State University welcomed the 2013 inductees to the C.E. Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame.  In an attempt to crowdsource the identification process of images held in the WSSU Archives, a table was set up to allow the inductees to view and identify fellow athletes during the reception hour.  Based on the dates the athletes attended WSSU, 224 unidentified images were compiled for them to browse through.  With a little under an hour to get photographs identified, we are pleased to announce that 23 images were identified and have since been confirmed.

We would like to thank and congratulate all those inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dr. Hugh Lanier Farrior Artifact Display

The WSSU Archives is pleased to announce the newest display at the C.G. O'Kelly Library.

The display is a collection of artifacts donated to the Archives by Dr. Hugh Farrior and his family.  Dr. Farrior was a graduate of Davidson College and Virginia Commonwealth University medical school.  In the 1960s Dr. Farrior and his wife did mission work in Tribal regions of Africa, running both a school and hospital.

On display are some of the artifacts brought back by Dr. Farrior and his wife Ellen.

For more information please contact Tom Flynn at or 336-750-2426

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dr. Faustina Holman Collection

The WSSU Archives is pleased to announce the completion of the Dr. Faustina Holman Collection.  The collection has been processed and is ready to be used by the University community for research.

Below is a brief Bio on Dr. Holman:

Dr. Faustina Lee Holman was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina October 7, 1934. She was the youngest of three children; her parents were Alvin Thomas and Willie Mae Holman and she had two siblings, a sister, Patricia and, brother, Alvis. The Holman family lived between 9th and Patterson Streets but later relocated to 1823 East 3rd Street in East Winston. She attended Atkins High School growing up and completed here Bachelor of Science degree from Winston-Salem Teachers College in 1953. She then went on to obtain her Master of Arts in Music Education from New York University and her Doctoral Degree in Music Education from Temple University. She was a member of Goler Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church as well as Mount Zion Baptist Church. During her career Dr. Holman taught music education courses in the Winston-Salem /Forsyth County school system, at Norfolk State University, University of Michigan and Winston-Salem State University. During her tenure at WSSU Holman served as an accompanist for the University Choir and student recitals, and as a department administrator. She was a member of numerous music organizations and church activities such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Women of Achievement, and the Dorcas Missionary Group of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Music Educators of North Carolina and many more. She was highly respected in the music field and received many honors and recognitions. Dr. Faustina Holman passed February 18, 2011 in her hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

For a copy of the finding aid or to set up a research date, please contact Tom Flynn at 336-750-2426 or

Friday, March 1, 2013

WSSU Archives Gets a Facelift

Over the past couple of months, the University Archives has gone through some substantial changes.  In January movable shelving was installed which doubled the linear feet of storage.  This freed up space on the shelves to make room for two major accessions to the collection.  The first accession was the Fostina Holman Collection.  Holman was a long time music professor at the University and kept a substantial amount of information about the general history of the school.  The second collection was donated by the family of the Rev. Dr. Cedric Rodney.  The religion professor and University Chaplain kept a large collection of slides from his travels as well as records related to the James A. Gray Lecture Series.

Below please enjoy images of the changes made to the Archives.
The shelving before the renovation

New Archives workspace            

New movable shelving