Special Collections and University Archives

Welcome to two new members in Special Collections and University Archives !

Lisa R. Withers earned a BA in African & Afro-American Studies with a History Minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MA in History with a Museum Studies Concentration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University working on a dissertation entitled “The Negro Motorist Green Book and African American Community History.” Lisa has worked in the cultural heritage sector since 2012. Her professional experiences include university archives, historic house museums, historic sites, and local history museums.

Matthew McCarthy is a recent graduate from the UNCG in May 2021, receiving a MA in History with a Museum Studies Concentration. The first few weeks of his position have involved working on the Women’s Veterans Collection here in the department and assisting in other projects as needed. When not at work, he spends much of his free time reading horror or mystery novels and tending to his growing container garden. He is thankful to everyone in the department who has been helpful in settling him into his new position!

UNCG English Department features our own Patrick Dollar! Congratulations Patrick!

Jessica Dame was recently elected to the SNCA Board! Congratulations Jessica !

Society for North Carolina Archivists:

At-large RAAC member: Jessica Dame

Jessica is currently a temporary Archives and Records Technician at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and have been in the position since March 2020. Prior to moving to Greensboro she was the Digital Curation and Preservation Librarian at the SC State Library they held the position of Secretary for PALMCOP and was a member of the Metadata Working Group for the SC Digital Library. Jessica received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina and held previous positions at the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Gardens and Georgetown University.

Jessica presented a May 19, 2022 – webinar discussion “Web Archiving During COVID-19” on May 19, 2022 for the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies Reading Group

Jessica also recently presented The Triad COVID-19 Web Archive (see below) at the International Internet Preservation Consortium Web Archiving Conference, May 25, 2022

Congratulations Stacey Krim and Suzanne Sawyer!

Congratulations to Curator of Manuscripts and Assistant Professor Stacey Krim, who has received the 2022 University Libraries’ Faculty Teaching Award! This award recognizes excellent contributions to teaching and instruction. Krim has taught students, library colleagues and the broader community through classroom instruction, presentations, displays, trainings and library research guides. She has also taught sessions on using primary sources, archival materials and oral histories from the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Congrats Stacey!

Congratulations to Library Specialist Suzanne Sawyer. She is the recipient of the 2022 University Libraries’ Staff Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award. We are proud of her and so happy she is part of our team. Sawyer has gone above and beyond to enhance the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Earlier this year, she conducted a leadership survey on this topic for library faculty and staff and used the responses to create a four-part leadership seminar. She currently serves as a member of the Diversity Committee and co-chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Team at the University Libraries. Congrats Suzanne!  

Kathelene McCarty Smith gives presentation, “Detective Series from Your Childhood: The Enduring Mystique of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys!” at 2-day Life@Elon Symposium

It has been almost one hundred years since the first mystery was solved by the incomparable Nancy Drew and Frank and Joe Hardy! The stories of these young detectives were churned out by a series of ghostwriters and this creative output resulted in a business model that would last for decades! But at the heart of it were engaging mysteries solved by stylish, sassy teens that still sell millions of copies annually. Kathelene Smith’s presentation at Life@Elon revisited the history of these beloved books and addressed how the amateur sleuths have remained popular, including how the characters were marketed to generations of children in the United States and throughout the world.

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