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Edit: We love our yearbook collection so much and everyone that comes by is having so much fun that we’re extending our reunion! We will have our yearbooks out for your enjoyment through Saturday. Come by for a visit!

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Come to the North Carolina Collection at the Central Library today to visit and reminisce with your high school days! A boombox we do not have, but we suggest the song of the day is Little River Band’s “Reminiscing”!  So come out and visit with your old classmates! We’d love to hear if you were in the band, played sports, or maybe you were in the school play?

We are also actively collecting yearbooks to fill in our high school collection. If you have one you would like to donate we can tell you if we need that year in the collection.

Hope to see you!

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This past week the Forsyth County Central Library was thrilled to partner with The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Library and Information Studies program to host three graduate students for their Alternative Spring Break program.  The students worked the entire week to inventory and process a new collection the library has received from the Hispanic League. The Hispanic League recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Their archives preserves their history of programs, events, and initiatives within Winston-Salem and the surrounding area.

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Courtney, Brandie, and Allyson putting together an inventory of the Hispanic League Archives in the NC Room special collections processing area.

The interns inventoried multiple boxes of records, newspapers, program materials,  and ephemera. Then they went about rehousing the materials in archive folders and boxes. They removed staples and replaced metal paper clips with coated ones to prevent rust. They learned the basic archival principles of original order and provenance and how to arrange collections.

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The newly arranged collection. Look how neat and tidy it is!

The collection is almost ready for research. The processing of the collection by putting the records in order, rehousing them in archive boxes and folders, and creating a box list is completed. The next step will be for NC Room staff to create a finding aid to help researchers find the materials they need within the collection.

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Allyson, Brandie, Karen (NC Room Supervisor)  and Courtney on the last day of #UNCGLISASB18

We are so thankful for our interns hard work during their spring break to help make the Hispanic League Archives research ready. This collection preserves the history of the Hispanic League and their engagement within our vibrant community.

An exciting new look to a valuable resource from the State Library of North Carolina

End of year gift for fans of North Carolina history, heritage and culture: NCpedia’s new website goes live today!

Greetings old friends of North Carolina’s online encyclopedia, the NCpedia — and new and future friends too!

The new and improved NCpedia! December 2016.

The new and improved NCpedia! December 2016.

After several months of planning, design, programming and testing, NCpedia now has a brand new and updated user interface as of this morning. Same great content — no change there — but with an entirely new look and feel and user experience.

The site traces its history back before the dawn of the web, to frequently asked questions and then brochures created by librarians at the State Library to answer those questions.

Eventually those questions found their way into HTML pages in the 1990s, and then they coalesced into an encyclopedic collection called the eNCyclopedia.  By 2009, the content had grown to several hundred pages — and the site needed to find a new home in a content management system that allowed for expansion, search and a better user experience. The encyclopedia got a new home in Drupal and a new name — and NCpedia was launched.

NCpedia before the reno!

NCpedia before the reno!

Since that time, the content has expanded by more than 26,000 entries, including more than 6,500 encyclopedia articles and the more than 20,000 record volume of the North Carolina Gazetteer (an annotated index of North Carolina place names).  And more than 7,400 images have been incorporated along with maps and interactive features like timelines.  By 2015, it was time for the home to get a reno!

NCpedia is still in Drupal — but the site has received an entire remodel to improve usability, search and find features, and the overall user experience.  We hope you like it!

And if you would like more information about the history of NCpedia, please visit the “About NCpedia” page on the website: http://www.ncpedia.org/about.  We’ve even included some snapshots of the early days and how far the digital encyclopedia has come.  Today the site includes more than 7,000 articles and more than 7,400 images and receives more than 4 million visits per year.

Check it out!

Kelly Agan, Digital Projects Librarian

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We are very excited that our minority and women’s collections have been digitized and are available for browsing on Digital NC. Look for links in the post below. This digitization project has been a wonderful learning process for our digitization interns Amy and Corrine and for special collections librarian and project manager, Karen. Look for a post next month with details about the process of getting our collections online. Many thanks to Corrine for writing this month’s spotlight, the last post for our digitization grant project collection.

As the readers of this blog probably know by now, Winston-Salem has had no shortage of social and civic organizations organized and run by women in its history. The Woman’s Club of Winston-Salem is no different.

The club began with enthusiasm in 1919, when 15 women from various organizations met with representatives from the state federation of clubs to propose a Winston-Salem Woman’s Club. When a meeting was called to gauge interest, according to the club’s history in the 1950-51 directory, nearly 175 members showed up.  In the next two years, membership more than doubled to 380 women.  The local chapter’s colors were yellow and white, with the daisy as the club flower.

The club met in various locations in its early years, from the YWCA to the Robert E. Lee Hotel.  In 1925, the club purchased its long-time clubhouse, formerly the Tise House, on Fifth Street for a sum of $67,500. Drawings and photos of the house appear on the cover and inside of many of the club directories throughout the decades.

Cover of the 1960 Woman’s Club Year Book with an illustration of the club’s clubhouse on Fifth Street.

Cover of the 1960 Woman’s Club Year Book with an illustration of the club’s clubhouse on Fifth Street.

“The Union of All for the Good of All.” That was the motto of the Woman’s Club published in its 1930-31 Year Book and City Club Directory. The president’s report in that same directory, given by Club President Golda J. Watson, lists the many projects and activities of the club during the previous year, from providing Christmas stockings to those in need to bridge lessons to healthcare services. These annual reports provide a glimpse at the ways in which the club has benefited the community in its decades of service. The publication of the directory was in itself a service to the community, as it listed information about various civic and social clubs in the city during those years before transitioning to a true Woman’s Club-only year book.

Cover of Woman’s Club Year Book and City Club Directory, 1930-31

Cover of Woman’s Club Year Book and City Club Directory, 1930-31

The 1930-31 and 1950-51 year books are part of the Junior Woman’s Club Collection (the Junior club is still active) in the North Carolina Room, along with year books for nearly every year up to 2013.  Many of the year books, one from each decade, were also digitized by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center as part of a project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  They can be found on the Digital Heritage Center’s website by browsing through the Forsyth County Public Library’s materials and by visiting the Digital North Carolina Blog.

Early directories published by the Woman’s Club also included advertising from local businesses and companies. In addition to the clubs in the city and the types of projects they engaged in, advertising provides some insight into the Winston-Salem of the 1920s and 30s.  As much as names and photos, advertising and the names of businesses can evoke a sense of the industries and culture that shaped the city’s past. Here are just a very few examples from the 1930-31 directory, which is available on the Digital Heritage Center’s site:

Blue Bird Cab Inc. advertisement .

Blue Bird Cab Inc. advertisement .

Mayo Underwear/Washington Mills Co. advertisement.

Mayo Underwear/Washington Mills Co. advertisement.

Big Winston Overalls/Fletcher Bros. Co. advertisement.

Big Winston Overalls/Fletcher Bros. Co. advertisement.

I would encourage you to check out the Woman’s Club and Junior Woman’s Club year books on the Digital Heritage website to explore the advertisements and other gems that can be found there.  Each of the publications gives a unique look into the activities of the club for the previous year, and offers an interesting chronicle and comparison of the club’s changing fortunes over the decades.  Or, you might just spot a familiar name and recall a few memories.  Happy browsing!

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The Memorial Industrial School Archives is the subject of our April collection spotlight created for you by digitization intern Corrine.

Today’s Forsyth County-ites might be familiar with the sprawling green expanse of Horizons Park in the northeastern section of the county with its disc-golf course, dog park, and hiking trails. They may also know about Horizons Residential Care Center and its work with people with developmental disabilities. Together, the properties make up an area of about 500 acres in Rural Hall. What residents might not realize is the historical significance behind the Horizons property and the road it flanks on either side – Memorial Industrial School Road. The road’s namesake, Memorial Industrial School, was one of two public orphanages for black children in North Carolina  in the early 20th century and operated on the Rural Hall campus from the 1920s through the 1970s.

The catalyst for what eventually became the Memorial Industrial School originally grew out of the black community in the Belview/Waughtown area of the city. Seeing a need for a place for orphaned children, the community came together and formed the Colored Baptist Orphanage in 1905. Due to a combination of a 1924 fire, declining facilities, and financial issues, operations were eventually taken over by a coalition of various Winston-Salem civic clubs, collectively called the Winston-Salem Community Chest. The Rural Hall-area campus opened in 1928 and was built on land donated by W.N. Reynolds, with donations for construction of the dormitories coming from the Reynolds and Gray families. The orphanage also received an annual contribution from The Duke Endowment’s Hospital and Orphan Section.

 Floor plan by Lashmit Brown & Pollock Architects for improvements to Memorial Industrial School’s baby cottage dormitory in 1964.

Floor plan by Lashmit Brown & Pollock Architects for improvements to Memorial Industrial School’s baby cottage dormitory in 1964.

The North Carolina Room has a significant collection of administrative records from the Memorial Industrial School, from as early as 1924 through 1972 when the orphanage ceased operations. Among the records are longtime Board President Roy C. Haberkern’s correspondence to donors and other affiliates, inventory and supplies lists, gradebooks, budget records, audit reports, newspaper clippings, and copies of the orphanage’s annual application to the Duke Endowment. The applications provide an interesting snapshot of year-to-year operations and include such information as the numbers and ages of the boys and girls who resided there; activities; lists of teachers, administrators, and board members; equipment that was used on the property; and even the number of gallons of milk the children consumed each year.

Front page of the Memorial Industrial School’s 1926 application for assistance from The Orphan Section of The Duke Endowment.

Front page of the Memorial Industrial School’s 1926 application for assistance from The Orphan Section of The Duke Endowment.

Admittedly, the collection does not give us much of the children’s perspective on their experience at the Memorial Industrial School. However, at least two people have based works on the orphanage.  Dr. English Bradshaw, who lived 12 of the first 14 years of his life at Memorial Industrial School, has written several books, including one based on his experiences at the orphanage. A play, Horizons Memorial, written by playwright Samm-Art Williams and presented by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NCBRC) in 2013, tells the history of the Memorial Industrial School property partly through the eyes of the children who lived there. It was commissioned for the 40th anniversary of Horizons Residential Care Center.

Inside of program from the “Seventh Annual Commencement of the Memorial Industrial School”, held May 19, 21, 22, and 24, 1939

 

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Memorial markers have been placed by the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission at the site of the original Colored Baptist Orphanage and at the Memorial Industrial School, in 2005 and 2013, respectively. Earlier this year, Forsyth County commissioners also stated their support for the Goler Community Development Corporation’s nomination of the Memorial Industrial School site for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Spring is almost here! Daffodils are popping up around downtown Winston-Salem. It is time for March’s collection spotlight, written for you this month by our digitization intern Amy. She has been evaluating materials in the Junior League of Winston-Salem Archives (JLWS) collection for digitization. Read on for an overview of the Junior League activities that have created the collection over the years.

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Headline from a 1936 news article says it all. For years the Junior League worked to avoid references to the social standing of its members and focus on their good works. Unfortunately when most people thought “Junior League” they imaged fashionably dressed women hosting tea parties and fancy dinners. Of course the Junior League hosted quite a few galas and lavish fundraisers but behind all the fancy trappings was a group of extremely hardworking, dedicated women.

Formed  in 1923, the Winston-Salem Junior League was the first of its kind in North Carolina. Their focus was and still is service to their community. Over the years these industrious women changed the face of Winston-Salem. Since its founding, the Junior League has focused on improving healthcare, childcare, education and of course the arts. At the same time they worked to develop and strengthen leadership skills among their members.

1963 Newsletter Cover

1963 Newsletter Cover

Junior Leaguers were an extremely organized group. New members spent a year as a provisional member learning about the organization. Once they became full members they were placed in volunteer positions and served on committees. Members received monthly newsletters. Here they were updated on league activities, offered household tips, recipes and even ideas on what to get your model husband. Leaguers also received an annual report which covered the business of the league for the year. The collection also includes numerous scrapbooks containing newsworthy items involving the league.

One of those newsworthy items was the annual Junior League rummage sale. For 60 years people in Winston-Salem looked forward to this event. According to JLWS newsletters, it was all hands on deck. Everyone was expected to pitch in, including spouses (those model husbands).

Duke advertisement from Junior League News, April 1942

Duke advertisement from Junior League News, April 1942

In the years before the rummage sale  the Junior League operated the rag shop, a gift shop, a thrift store and a beauty parlor. They organized Follies (variety shows), dances and designer home tours to raise money for their projects. The funds and countless hours of volunteer work enabled the Junior League to sponsor a wide variety of services to the community. The list of activities these women were involved in is extensive. Here are just a few highlights.

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In 1928 the JLWS raised money (60,000 dollars in 10 days) and built the Junior League Hospital for Incurables. Here they provided extended care to the elderly,handicapped and terminally ill of Winston-Salem. The doors were opened in 1929 and closed in 1937 when Forsyth County opened their hospital and home for the aged and infirm. In 1946 the old hospital building was leased to Wake Forest College and became the home of Bowman Gray School of Medicine.

Junior League Hospital for the Incurables.

Junior League Hospital for the Incurables.

The Junior League operated a Prenatal Clinic the first of its kind in North Carolina. They also sponsored the Visiting Housekeeper program which offered classes in household management to lower income families and a Child Guidance Center to help children with emotional and psychological issues.   

The 1920’s saw the  start of  their Children’s Play committee.  The committee made it their mission to bring theatre to the school aged children of Winston-Salem.   Some of the plays produced were classics but many were written by the ladies of the Junior League.

Program from 1930’s play for children.

Program from 1930’s play for children.

This gave rise to the Scribblers Club where group members were encourage to write original works for production by the JLWS.   The Radio Council’s  “Story time” series produced by the Junior League won national recognition in 1948 for it’s creativity in art and language.  Members recorded stories which were then broadcast over the radio to preschool and primary school aged children.

Reading story for radio broadcast.

Reading story for radio broadcast.

The Visiting Teacher program, started in 1937 was yet another way in which the Junior League reached out to the community. Volunteers worked with teachers visiting families of children struggling with school. In the 1970’s the JLWS opened a residential home for severely handicapped children. The home is located  on the grounds of the former Memorial Industrial School, another collection being digitized for the NC Room.

Horizons Residential Care Center brochure.

Horizons Residential Care Center brochure.

These items plus many more can be found in the Junior League of Winston-Salem collection in the North Carolina Room and will soon be a part of the North Carolina Memory online collection at the Digital Heritage Center.  Stay tuned, more to come!!

 

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This publication was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

 

Spring is almost here and high school proms and graduations are coming up. It is a great time to share with you our newly digitized collection of Atkins High School photographs.

The digitization of this collection is the result of a grant funded project to increase diversity in digital collections in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and across the country. Atkins High School was the first modern African American high school in Winston-Salem, opening in 1931 and dedicated to Simon G. Atkins, a local African American educator and education advocate. The school offered both college and vocational education paths for students.

Atkins High School Class of 1951.

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is in the process of digitizing a collection of photographs located at the Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center. The photographs currently digitized are of 1930s and 1940s Atkins High School graduating classes. Further digitization will include graduating classes from the 1950s and 1960s as well as two Columbia Heights High School class photographs.

Look for a forthcoming Collections Spotlight post about the photograph collection when digitization is complete.

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