Special Collections and University Archives

SCUA staff continue to teach classes and give workshops throughout the summer, incorporating primary sources from across our collections. These sessions give students the opportunity to learn from “hands-on” experience with archival materials. Some of the notable classes and instructional opportunities this summer include:

CHANCE Camp Summer 2023

During their weeklong camp on the UNCG campus, CHANCE participants had the opportunity to visit the Conservation Lab, learn about preservation and conservation in the library, and meet the Bindery Donut!

CHANCE is a summer college access program that brings high school Latinx and Hispanic rising seniors from across North Carolina to UNCG for several days to get experience with college level classes and faculty, leadership and civic programming, cultural enrichment, and campus life. The main purpose of CHANCE is to encourage and equip Latinx and Hispanic students with the culturally informed awareness, knowledge, and skills to persist through high school and continue to higher education with UNCG as a school of choice. The campers learn about the resources and opportunities at UNCG, reside in a residence hall, eat in the dining hall, are mentored by UNCG students, meet staff, faculty, and alumni during their stay on campus. (Find out more)

MFA Students Tour the Archives

First year Art MFA students visited SCUA this summer, where they had some hands-on time with the department’s artists’ books and zines! They also toured the Digital Media Commons.

LIS 688: Preservation Management in Libraries/Archives

Beth Ann Koelsch, Audrey Sage, and Carolyn Shankle joined Kathelene Smith’s LIS 688 class to share information about all aspects of archival preservation, including book binding and papermaking, as well as book, photo, and scrapbook preservation. They also discussed the role of digitization in archival preservation efforts.

Carolyn Shankle and Audrey Sage visited Kathelene McCarty Smith’s LIS 688: Archival Preservation class where they lead students through the history of papermaking, printing, bookbinding, and conservation work. Special attention was paid on how the materials and techniques used in the creation of books affects the type of conservation treatment they need as they show signs of age and wear.

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