Special Collections and University Archives

October is North Carolina Archives Month, an annual observance of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our nation, state, communities and people. Throughout October 2014, the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) will host numerous exhibits and events aimed at promoting awareness of the importance of our profession to our state’s citizenry and public leaders.

Field Day at State Normal, 1914

Beginning October 1, two exhibits focused on the 2014 North Carolina Archives Month theme of “North Carolina at Play: Health and Leisure in Our State” will be displayed in Jackson Library. The first will be housed at the College Avenue entrance and will highlight resources held by SCUA that tell the history of health and leisure in North Carolina. The second exhibit, which will be next to the library’s reference desk on the first floor of Jackson Library, will focus on the history of health and leisure at UNCG since its founding as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1891. These exhibits will be available for viewing at any time the building is open.

The Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library will host a lecture by Dr. Joy Kasson of UNC Chapel Hill on Lois Lenski and her career as a documentary writer for children on October 8 at 4pm. Much of Kasson’s research was done using the Lois Lenski Papers in SCUA. You can read more about the talk here:

On October 9 at 10:30am in the Hodges Reading Room, SCUA staff will present a talk on “Interpreting College Scrapbooks as a Microcosm of Institutional and Social History.” Archivists Kathelene Smith and Jennifer Motzsko will chart the evolution of the scrapbook, from its origins as a commonplace book to the commercially produced album found on 19th century college campuses. They will also explore the similarities, differences, and overall themes shared by scrapbooks held in SCUA as well as their potential use by scholars, and the importance of preserving them for future generations of historians. A number of scrapbooks related to health and leisure will be displayed.

Stacey Krim, curator for SCUA’s Cello Music Collection, will present a biographic overview of Lev Aronson, whose manuscript and annotated music is among the most recent additions to the collection. Lev Aronson (1912-1988) was an established performer and teacher of the violoncello and Jewish survivor of the German and Russian labor camps of World War II. After immigrating to the United States in 1948, Aronson continued his career as principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in addition to holding teaching positions at Baylor University and Southern Methodist University. In addition to the presentation, original works composed by Aronson around the time of his imprisonment during WWII will be displayed.

Students in the South Spencer Gymnasium, 1907

SCUA will also offer two walking tours of campus focused specifically on the history of health and physical education on campus. Tours will be offered at 2pm on Wednesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 22. Each walking tour will take approximately 45 minutes and will be limited to 15 participants. The tours are open to any UNCG student, faculty, staff, or alumni. To reserve a place on the walking tour, please email and indicate which tour you would like to take part in. Specifics on meeting location will be emailed to participants prior to the tour date.

Throughout October, SCUA staff will share additional information and materials via various social media outlets. Follow University Archives on Twitter ( or Tumblr ( for daily features on the topic of health and leisure in North Carolina, links to web exhibits featuring SCUA materials, and details on a temporary “pop up exhibit” that will take place on campus at a time and location to be determined. Additionally, the Spartan Stories blog ( will publish weekly posts highlighting the history of health and leisure activities at UNCG.


Wednesday, October 8, 4pm, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library
“Getting Books from Life: Lois Lenski, Documentary Writer for Children” lecture

Thursday, October 9, 10:30am, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library
“Interpreting College Scrapbooks as a Microcosm of Institutional and Social History” lecture

Wednesday, October 15, 2pm
Campus Walking Tour (RSVP to, limited to 15 participants)

Wednesday, October 22, 2pm
Campus Walking Tour (RSVP to, limited to 15 participants)

Tuesday, October 28, 2pm, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library
“A Biographic Overview of Lev Aronson” lecture

Ongoing, October 1 through October 31, 1st floor, Jackson Library
Exhibits focused on “North Carolina at Play: Health and Leisure in Our State”

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