Special Collections and University Archives

SCUA supports student success by providing opportunities for internships, capstone projects, practicums, student workers, and volunteers. Their projects include conducting research and archival processing, creating libguides and story maps, creating exhibits, and writing blog posts. Some of the experiences in SCUA lead to external internships and job opportunities in the field.

Online University Archives Exhibit

In conjunction with the “A History of UNCG through 25 Objects” exhibit, UNCG Master’s in Library and Information Science graduate student Kate Newman created an accompanying web exhibit as a practicum experience. See it here:

Annual Women Veterans Luncheon Exhibit

by Tori Hinshaw

I had the pleasure of curating the exhibit for the Women Veterans Historical Project 25th Anniversary Luncheon. I began my graduate fellowship with the UNCG Special Collections & University Archives in the Fall of 2022 and have worked specifically with the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), the largest archival collection in the country dedicated to documenting the contributions of women in the military and related service organizations since World War I. Every year, this luncheon brings together women veterans and active-duty servicewomen for an afternoon of conversation, good food, keynote speakers, and an exhibit curated with items from the WVHP collections.

For weeks leading up to this event, I conducted research, pulled artifacts, designed original posters, designed the exhibit layout, wrote captions and bios, planned display materials, and plotted out what is seen in the photos below. By the end, the exhibit involved 75 artifacts, 13 textiles, and 2 original poster designs. The exhibit highlighted the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, American Red Cross, and a special feature on the short-lived Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS, August 1943-December 1944). The women I spoke to at the luncheon were kind enough to tell me how much they loved the exhibit, which was such an honor.

A Special Thanks to UNCG Special Collections, UNCG Museum Studies Program, Beth Ann Koelsch, Suzanne Helms, Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville (where I learned a lot about the exhibit curation process over the summer, skills that I utilized when putting this exhibit together), and my friends and family who were encouraging me during this project. And lastly to all of the women veterans, thank you for your service!

Update from MLIS Graduate and former SCUA Capstone student

Adrienne Johnson

After graduating in May of 2023 with an MLIS from UNCG, Adrienne Johnson did an Archives and Exhibits internship at UNC Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. In February 2024, she will start her new job as a Maps and Imagery Access Librarian at the University of Florida’s Special Collections library. 

Interview with Student Worker Nathan West

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