Urban development, pamphlets, slavery records, and Civil Rights Greensboro

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Annual report and map, City Of Greensboro, North Carolina, 1965-1966

There are many changes and updates afoot in out digital collections, and more are on the way.

Civil Rights Greensboro
This collection, online since 2009, has recently been migrated into our CONTENTdm hosting platform. This move provides some significant benefits, including faceted search capability, full-text search within the oral histories and many other documents, and higher-resolution images. The move will also allow this collection to be added to the Digital Public Library of America and to Worldcat. As part of the upgrade, we have also added to the collection over four hundred newspaper articles dating from the 1960 sit-ins that were digitized by the Greensboro Public Library.

A similar migration is planned for the Women Veterans Historical Project later this year.

Digital Library on American Slavery
The Development Team here in the University Libraries has built an outstanding new interface that brings together the search functions of the Race and Slavery Petitions Project and the NC Runaway Slave Ads project. But this is just the beginning. We will soon be adding other databases from different institutions  to the search interface so as to allow "one-stop shopping" for any number of slavery-related collections. Hats off the ERIT Development Team for pulling this all together!

Greensboro Urban Development
We are currently adding material to a new Greensboro history collection, spotlighting urban development in Greensboro, particularly in the years after World War II. This collection will include planning documents, maps, scrapbooks, and other materials documenting downtown development, urban renewal activities, the growth of historic districts, and more. The collection currently features planning-related content held by UNCG University Libraries but we will soon be adding additional material from the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro Historical Museum. In addition, we are currently digitizing the archives of the Fisher Park Neighborhood Association, Greensboro's first designated historic district.

New material is going online every week.

Home Economics and Nutrition Pamphlets
We have completed the second phase of digitization on this popular project and are in the process of placing online approximately three hundred new pamphlets that run the gamut from product manuals to cookbooks, all of which are held by the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. This is a great look at home culture throughout the Twentieth Century and it's also a lot of fun.

Three hundred new items should be online by early September.

More soon:
Watch this space for updates coming soon to our Manuscript Collections, Cello Music Collections, and University Archives Images and Documents.

Digital Projects end-of-year update, 2013-2014

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At the end of the academic year, we do a report to the Digital Projects Priorities Team on the past year's activities. This is an edited version of that report. It was a very productive year.

My thanks to the team: to Erica Rau and Kathy Howard in Digital Projects, who did such great work on so many projects; to Callie Coward and Anna Craft from Cataloging; and to Scott Hinshaw, Kathelene McCarty Smith, and everyone else in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Thanks as well to the department where Digital Projects "lives", Electronic Resources and Information Technology, for a level of support that goes far beyond the call of duty. We couldn't so many great projects without a real collaborative team and I really appreciate the way everyone pulls together to accomplish all our goals!

Special thanks to Stephen Catlett, who completes his tenure as Textiles, Teachers, and Troops project manager this week after doing some amazing work over the past two years. Stephen did an incredible job working with our partners and students on TTT as well as with community outreach on our CBR/local history grant project and coordination of displays and our launch event in April. We are very much going to miss having him around and hope we can rectify that situation soon!

Also, many thanks to this year's team of student workers (Evan Chu, Megan Coker, Tatiana Cox, Rachel Sanders, James Stewart, Phil White, and Hayley Whitehead) and our volunteers (Larry Daniels, Bernitae Reed, and Touger Vang). Your efforts are much appreciated and we couldn't do any of this without you!

An announcement of this year's approved and continuing projects will be available in the next few weeks.

2013-2014 Project Status:
Other Projects:
Some Numbers:

We now have 251003 digital files in CONTENTdm, our digital content management system, making 25243 items and spanning nearly a thousand years of history...although most are admittedly from the past 150 years or so.

Included are:
  • 8243 newspapers
  • 4968 photos/photo folders
  • 2223 clippings/folders and items containing clipping
  • 1529 pamphlets
  • 928 pieces of correspondence
  • 702 music scores

Preserving Local History/CBR wrapup

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This post marks the formal end of our Preserving Local History project. Both Rachel Sanders and Megan Coker graduated in early May and are off to  graduate school pursuing library and information studies degrees; Rachel will be attending UNC Chapel Hill, and Megan is entering the USC in Columbia in the fall. We wish them well and the very best as they continue their studies  They really made our project possible and were wonderful representatives for UNCG out in the community, and a delight to work with. as well.

David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator, at final CBR group presentation on April 24.

We participated in the final CBR group presentations on April 24, which included this PowerPoint presentation We also submitted our final report to the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning in May. For the project proper, one of our primary goals was to create a best practices manual. This publication brings together information we uncovered from our camera and equipment tests and from working out various procedures, and combines them in a short, hopefully readable, manual. As you will see there were both successes and challenges, most of which we overcame to our satisfaction. If you are interested in using a portable camera-based digitizing approach to capture and preserve your valuable historical materials, we hope you will find this helpful. It is possible that we will update it in the future, as we find other or better approaches to field-based digitization, so you might want to check back in the next year. If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to contact David Gwynn at jdgwynn@uncg.edu.

One additional item we would like to share, which took a lot of work on Rachel’s part, is a transcript of the team and community meeting conversations that occurred at the November 19, 2013 meeting held at College Place Methodist Church. This was a very useful and informative event and we were very appreciative of those who came to the meeting and shared information and concerns.

Finally, and most importantly, you will see on the UNCG Digital Collections website that we created a Community Collections section where we have placed the digitized material we did for College Place United Methodist Church. You will also note that we did some additional field scanning at Lindley Elementary School, First Presbyterian Church, and at West Market Street United Methodist Church. Several other organizations who attended the November 19 meeting at CPUMC expressed an interest in having us come out during the Spring to their locations. We sincerely apologize that we were not able to accommodate more of you, since we certainly value your institutions and your historical materials. We would love to do more, and in fact are hoping that we can continue this process in some form in the future.

This has been a great experience for us, for the University, and hopefully for the organizations that participated in our survey and meeting.

We hope to continue the community outreach in the future as we move forward toward creating a local history website that can accommodate a wide range of material from organizations and individuals throughout the city.

-  by Stephen Catlett

In the news

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Our very own Stephen Catlett discusses Greensboro's Overseas Replacement/Basic Training Center 10 (ORD/BTC-10) army base from World War II in a story on WFMY News 2 Wednesday night. Stephen authored this booklet as part of an exhibit at the Greensboro Historical Museum in 1994, and is something of an authority on the subject of the base. In the story, he and reporter Lechelle Yates visit some of the last remnants of the base in East Greensboro.

ORD/BTC-10 features prominently in the just-released Textiles, Teachers, and Troops project and several images from the digital collection were used in the WFMY story.

New digital collections

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The Digital Projects team announces the debut of several new digital collections:

  • Charles Duncan McIver Records
    This collection makes available the papers of UNCG's founder and first president, largely in their entirety. Comprising over 123,000 pages of material, the McIver Records document the founding and early years of the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) and include material on early construction, the typhoid epidemic, and the fire that destroyed Brick Dormitory. This collection was digitized as part of the larger Textiles, Teachers, and Troops grant project funded through an LSTA grant administered by the North Carolina State Library.
  • Robert Watson Papers
    The Robert W. Watson Manuscripts date from 1948 to 1980 and contain manuscripts, typescripts, publisher's proofs and galleys, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and reviews. Watson was the main architect of UNCG's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, considered one of the best in the nation. The Watson Papers have been digitized almost in their entirety (nearly 6000 pages of material); several folders were skipped due to copyright concerns. 
  • Home Economics, Food, and Nutrition Pamphlets Collection
    The Home Economics and Nutrition Pamphlets Collection consists of government and commercial publications on the subject of home management and nutrition and include educational materials, recipes, household hints, and other materials. The digital collection was built from resources held in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives and the University Libraries Government Documents Collection. All materials are presumed to be in the public domain. The Government Documents portion of the collection was digitized as UNCG's contribution to the ASERL Centers of Excellence Program. Additional materials will be added in subsequent phases.
More new collections will be announced next week.