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Cone Health collection to be digitized

Judge Alfred M. Lindau and Bernard Cone at the cornerstone ceremony for Cone Hospital in 1951.

The University Libraries have entered into a partnership with the Cone Health Medical Library to digitize a large and important collection of archival materials documenting the history of Greensboro's Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.

Aerial view of Cone Hospital, circa 1953.

The hospital, which opened in February, 1953, was originally funded through a trust established by Bertha Cone in honor of her husband, Moses H. Cone, who was one of the founders of Cone Mills in Greensboro. The Greensboro Daily News reported that Mrs. Cone had "proposed to build the most modern hospital in the South." It is now the flagship institution of the Cone Health network, one of the largest healthcare providers in the Southeast.

Moses H. Cone.
The Cone Hospital collection contains historical information about the Cone family, who were instrumental in the development of Greensboro into the city that it is today, and a wealth of material on the background, construction, and ongoing operations and growth of Cone Hospital. Included are historical records, construction photographs, newsletters, rate books, and procedure manuals.

Of particular interest is material related to the 1963 Simkins v. Cone case which resulted in a ruling by the United States Supreme Court ending segregation in publicly-funded hospitals. Cone Health Medical Library Director Edward Donnald described the collection as "a significant historical resource with local, regional, and even national interest."

The project will digitize more than 16,000 items from the collection during 2016, and all material will be made publicly available as part of the local history portal of UNCG Digital Collections.

The partners are currently working on a grant proposal to digitize additional medical history collections held by Cone Health, the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG, and the Greensboro Historical Museum.

(Note: Some of the quotes in this post were taken from the October, 2015, issue of Code U, the Cone Health newsletter.)

Digital collections by the numbers


Did you know that:

  • UNCG Digital Collections currently has approximately half a million page and photo images online? This total includes:
    • 8500 newspapers
    • 8086 photographs
    • 1914 pamphlets
    • 897 oral history interviews
    • 864 magazines and periodicals
    • 857 books
    • 487 scrapbooks
  • We have 31033 items in WorldCat and 33101 items in the Digital Public Library of America? (An "item" can be made up of any number of page images).
  • Our collections have had well over half a million page views over the past year.
  • We have digitized and placed online material from over 750 physical collections, about 125 of which were contributed by our community partners.
  • We have digitized material that is over 900 years old, though most of our material dates from 1800 or later.

Greensboro community history site added

Material digitized as part of UNCG's partnership with the Hayes-Taylor YMCA Youth Achievers program is now online!

Over the past year, we have been working with students in the Hayes-Taylor program and with community members to uncover rare and personal items that are of unique historical value and that might not have made their way into a digital collection otherwise. We encouraged community members to contribute items that they thought were significant and documented a particular aspect of Greensboro's history with specific attention given to African-American communities in the southeastern quadrant of the city.

Greensboro residents brought in some amazing items. Here is a small sample:

We will be spotlighting additional items from this amazing project here and on our Facebook page in the coming weeks. The project was completed using funds from a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services Sparks! Ignition Grant.

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.