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Vintage Viands : 1940s Edition


Vintage Viands, an event where staff from the University Libraries prepare foods using recipes from the Home Economics Pamphlet Collection, Woman's Collection - Cookbooks, and the online collection Home Economics and Household Collections, is happening this Friday from noon to 2:30 in Jackson Library. The tasting event also includes a contest to reward the tastiest ane most unique dishes.

Here are the categories for this year's contest:
  • Appetizer
  • Main Dish
  • Desserts
  • Best Hot Dish [AKA Casseroles]
  • Best Jell-O [or other brand of gelatin]
Recipes will be judged by these rankings:
  • Tastiest [Over all categories]
  • Most Unique [Over all categories]
For this year's interactive exhibit, we are featuring cuisine from the 1940s, which will include "ration book" specials, "meat extenders" and postwar delicacies featuring items that had been unavailable during the war years. There will also be displays of the cookbooks and pamphlets from the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.

Digital projects priorities, 2015-2016

The University Libraries' Digital Projects Priorities Team met earlier this summer to hear the status of last year's projects and to determine the priority projects for the upcoming academic year.

New projects for 2015-2016:

Tier 1:
  • Cello Manuscripts (Phase 2): This will increase the number of items available online. UNCG has the world's largest collection of cello music. These items are primarily music scores hand-annotated by noted cellists.
  • Maud Gatewood collection: Correspondence, Sketchbooks, etc. from an art faculty member at UNCG. This is very interesting materials and gets us started working with visual arts collections.
  • School of Music programs: Recital programs from UNCG's predecessor institutions through 1963. Like the theatre programs we digitized a few years ago, this is a heavily used research collection in SCUA.
  • Student Handbooks (Phase 2): This completes what we started with one of the collections in Textiles, Teachers, and Troops. Again, this is a very heavily used research collection that will complement yearbooks, catalogs, and newspapers already online.
Tier 2:
  • Children’s literature project: Vintage children's books, much like the Lenski items we've already done.
  • Student life records: Vertical files covering student activities at UNCG over the years. This will be part of the exiting University Archives collection and is similar to the "class of" files we digitized a few years back.
Additional projects:
  • Digital Greensboro portalWe plan to expand the custom-created Textiles, Teachers, and Troops interface to tie together all our local history collections and to create a framework for adding additional material from our own collections and from our partners
  • American Publishers Trade Bindings metadata cleanup: Fine tuning as we plan to add this final collection to WorldCat and make it more user-friendly.
2014-2015 project status:

Ongoing projects from 2013-2014:
New projects:
“Ad hoc” additional projects:
  • Completed project to standardize place of publication/publisher field in all digital collections to provide better WorldCat/MARC consistency.
  • Worked with OCLC to eliminate substandard MARC records created in initial sync of American Publishers Trade Bindings and Hansen collections in 2008. All but 200 records deleted from WorldCat.
  • Navigation improvements to CONTENTdm site.

Hayes-Taylor YMCA Achievers Banquet


Stephen Catlett and David Gwynn from the digital projects unit had the honor of attending the annual Achievers Program banquet held by the Hayes-Taylor YMCA at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering of in Greensboro on Saturday 16 May. We had the privilege of introducing Jamon Oxendine-Blackmon, a student at the Triad Math and Science Academy, who has been participating in the DGH Explorers (Digitizing Greensboro History) digitization project as part of the Achievers Program.

This is an outstanding group of young people who are doing quite amazing things, and it has been a pleasure working with them--as well as with the staff and volunteers at Hayes-Taylor--over the past few months. The project will continue into the summer for our DGH group.

The program also featured an inspirational keynote address by Dr. Drewry Vincent of Greensboro. The mentors and volunteers for the Achievers Program were recognized, as was Mr. Felton Foushee, the program director.

The following video documents some of the program's activities over the past year:

Explorers digitizing Greensboro history

By Stephen Catlett

The UNCG-Hayes-Taylor IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant has gotten off to a great start since we officially launched to the public on February 21. Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson generously agreed to help kick off our project that day, and within a week we had a select group of seven students from the Y's Achievers program. 

These DGH Explorers (Digitizing Greensboro History) have already participated in a lively history conversation with Community Historian Linda Evans of the Greensboro Historical Museum on March 7. And since then have received training on the use of digital cameras and scanners. We started with the actual capturing of some of the Y's own history, digitizing photographs and newspaper clippings on April 4.

Our first "In The Field" session took place last night (April 16) at the law office of local lawyer Richard Gabriel, of Gabriel Berry Weston and Wells. Mr. Gabriel's father, George, operated two small grocery stores on East Market and East Washington Streets after 1940. Richard worked closely with his father and mother and has wonderful stories and information about East Greensboro, especially the vibrant business community as it existed before Urban Renewal destroyed it in the 1960s and 1970s. His father was well respected in the community, especially with the Bennett College students. They autographed Mr. Gabriel's personal copies of the Bennett yearbook, thanking him for his generosity, especially in providing store credit. As one student wrote: "Without your store I would have gone hungry plenty of nights."

We plan to capture more history in the next two months, but it has been especially gratifying working with these young students, who are very inspiring.

Community collections (SNCA presentation)


Recent presentation to the Society of North Carolina Archivists on community collaboration and outreach through our collections: