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37089 and counting


Did you know that UNCG Digital Collections has contributed over 37,000 items to the Digital Public Library of America?

If you're not using DPLA, you should be. It's a tremendous resource that pulls together digital collections from all over the United States and makes them available in one easy-to-use interface.

You can also see materials arranged by location on a zoomable map and via a timeline interface. The DPLA also creates exhibits on a regular basis, pulling together related items from different partner collections.

UNCG is proud to be part of this valuable resource.

Gatewood, handbooks, and more...

Some recent additions to our digital collections:

Maud Gatewood Collection:
We are currently midway through the digitzation of the papers of artist Maud Gatewood, for whom the Gatewood Studio Arts building at UNCG is named. Among the items that have been added so far are a large collection of sketchbooks and loose sketches demonstrating her development as a visual artist.

Student Handbooks:
The full run of student handbooks from UNCG and its predcessors, from 1897 to 2011 is now online, The scrapbooks give a detailed picture of campus life, including rules and regulations, social opportunities, and more, and are the perfect complement to the bulletins and course catalogs that are already online.

And some existing collections with significant new material:

This year's Vintage Viands theme


Mark your calendars! Vintage Viands will take place this year on Friday, September 23, 2016, from noon to 2:00 pm. Last year's 1940s theme was so much fun! 

This year, we would like your input on the theme. If you have a UNCG login, please fill out our poll! You can pick one of the ideas that we have provided, or you can write in your own. If you are on campus, you can also swing by the library and cast a paper ballot across from the reference desk. 

Vintage Viands is a taste-testing event put on by Digital Projects and Special Collections that promotes our Home Economics Pamphlets Collection. There are a number of pamphlets digitized online and several more housed in Special Collections. Faculty and staff in the library pick a recipe based on the year's theme and make it as close to the original recipe as we are able. It's a fun way to see how recipes and taste have changed throughout the years! 

Hope to see you in September!

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.