Special Collections and University Archives

SCUA in the Media


Recently, Kathelene McCarty Smith was featured in a UNCG News article regarding the Suffrage Movement on campus. Smith spoke to Dr. Mandy Cooper, a historian and a lecturer of women’s history and Dr. Lisa Levenstein, professor of history and director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at UNC Greensboro and created a curated exhibit prepared by Smith and Rare Books Curator Carolyn Shankle.

Suffrage Material from SCUA’s Collections

LGBTQ+ Exhibit Featured in the local press!

“Out for the Evening” featured in Yes! Weekly and the News & Record!

“Out for the Evening: A Taste of Gay Nightlife in Greensboro” is on display near the reference desk at UNCG’s Jackson Library

SCUA in the Community

Kathelene McCarty Smith and Carolyn Shankle visited Well.Spring Retirement Community during the last several months presenting on interesting topics and bringing material from SCUA’s vast collections!

“The Writer, The Reader, The Cook, and The Eater: Discovering Culinary History Through Community Cookbooks,” November 16, 2021. This presentation featured the cookbook collection. (Carolyn Shankle)

“Witches, Vampires, and Things That Go Bump in the Night!“ October 26, 2021. The presentation featured fun stories and books relating to spooky seasonal tales of ghosts, ghouls, witches, and vampires. There was a discussion about how ghost stories have evolved as well as the story of how a dark and stormy night on Lake Geneva produced two of the most pivotal works in the gothic horror genre, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, and The Vampyre, by John Polidori. (Kathelene Smith and Carolyn Shankle)

“Murder, She Wrote: Women in Detective Fiction,” September 7, 2021. A presentation that featured the Robbie Emily Dunn Collection of American Detective Fiction, including Gypsy Rose Lee, Hildegarde Withers, Bertha Cool, Pam North, Mrs. Pollifax, and others , September 2021. (Carolyn Shankle and Kathelene Smith)

“WOMEN AND THE RIGHT TO VOTE!”, August 18, 2021. The presentation focused on how women stood with each other (and against each other) as they proved to the nation that if they could help mobilize the nation’s homefront for the Great War, they could certainly vote in the country’s elections. (Kathelene Smith)

Well Crafted NC launch event: Celebrating Beer and Brewing in Downtown  Greensboro | 88.5 WFDD
Well Crafted Exhibit with David Gwynn and Richard Cox

University Archivist Erin Lawrimore participated in the following Well Crafted activities with Digital Technology Consultant Richard Cox

  • Exhibit and book signing event at Four Saints Brewing Company (Asheboro), Thursday, July 29, 2021.
  • Presentation for the High Point Historical Society at Paddled South Brewing (High Point), Friday, October 8, 2021.
  • Series of presentations at the Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming event in Ferguson, NC, three presentations on October 15, 2021 and three presentations on Saturday, October 26, 2021.
  • Presentation for the High Point Kiwanis Club, Friday, December 1, 2021. 
Erin Lawrimore gives a workshop to attendees at the Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming Event


  • Collections Promotions in Community College Archives (for the North Carolina Community College Archives Association), Thursday, August 12, 2021. (Erin Lawrimore)
  • “A Collaborative Reimagining of Collection Management Using ArchivesSpace,” poster presentation with Patrick Dollar, Society of American Archivists, August 2021. (Virtual) (Kathelene Smith)
  • Developing Policies for Community College Archives (for the North Carolina Community College Archives Association), Thursday, August 19, 2021. (Erin Lawrimore)
  • “Detective Series from Your Childhood: The Enduring Mystique of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys!” Life@Elon, Elon University (virtual). Life@Elon is an education program, led by Elon faculty, offers non-credit learning opportunities to people ages 50 and over. There are 350 members, divided into four classes. This all-day event offered a morning and afternoon session, during which the invited speaker conducted two, two-hour sessions to two classes (125 members) with time for questions. September 16, 2021. (Virtual) (Kathelene Smith)
  • Spokes and Votes: Pedaling the Path to Democracy event at the Greensboro History Museum (part of the campus She Can, We Can series), Saturday, October 9, 2021. (Erin Lawrimore)
  • “GPS (Getting to Primary Sources): A Librarian’s Guide to Creating Dynamic Primary Source Literacy Workshops,” with School Library Program Coordinator, Tammy Gruer, and State Librarians Jennifer Hanft and Kelly Agan, North Carolina Library Association Conference, October 2021. (Kathelene Smith)
  • How Did We Get Here? – presentation for the UNCG Alumni Association Vanguard Virtual lecture series, Tuesday, October 12, 2021. (recording available here: (Erin Lawrimore)
  • “Honoring Those Who Served: Citizen Archivists Documenting the Great War,”-Mid-Atlantic Regional Archivist Conference (MARAC), Gettysburg, MS. October 2021. (Kathelene Smith)
  • Archives as a Humanities Lab – presentation for the UNCG Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office, Tuesday, November 9, 2021. (Erin Lawrimore)

SCUA Publications:

*Lawrimore, Erin, “Exhibits, community outreach through. In The Handbook of Archival Practice, ed. Patricia Franks. Rowman and Littlefield.

*Lawrimore, Erin, Review of Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation, Technical Services Quarterly.

*Lawrimore, Erin, Review of Libraries, Archives, and Museums Today: Insights from the Field. The Public Historian. National Council on Public History, vol. 43, no. 2, p. 181-183.

*Smith, Kathelene, “Mobilizing Citizen Archivists: North Carolina Documents the Great War,” with Keith Phelan Gorman, in the 17th volume of the Journal of the Society of North Carolina Archivists.

* Smith, Kathelene, Review of Michele Valerie Cloonan’s Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age in the 17th volume of the Journal of the Society of North Carolina Archivists.

* Smith, Kathelene, SNCA Archives Month blog, “Dr. Anna Gove and Her Travels Throughout North Carolina.”

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