Category Archives: Archival Work

An African American first responder: An oral history with William C. Covington

Contributed by Chaitra Powell, African American Collections and Outreach Archivist  The tales of African American first responders, over the years, are full of bravery, perseverance, strength, and principle. These men and women are at their best when society is at … Continue reading

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Four Years Later: Finishing a daily blog with the Civil War’s end

Four years ago, Wilson Library began an ambitious blog that samples the vast holdings on the Civil War among the various collections here. Every day the Civil War Day by Day blog posts a document that is exactly 150 years … Continue reading

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Eatonville, Florida: A Vital History

Contributed by Bryan Giemza, Director of the Southern Historical Collection As part of the Collection’s ongoing work with the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, I visited the historic town of Eatonville, Florida in December.  In recent days the town … Continue reading

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Next Stop: The Great State of Alabama

The documentation of African American “spaces and places” has been identified as a goal of the Southern Historical Collection, and to that end we have successfully partnered with the Historically Black Towns and Settlements Alliance (HBTSA). We are working with the … Continue reading

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Keeping it cool, dry, and constant

Contributed by Biff Hollingsworth, Collecting and Outreach Archivist A few weeks ago, SHC Director Bryan Giemza and I traveled to the Mississippi Delta to discuss the preservation of several archival collections found in the area. During the visit I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Staff Profile: Bryan Giemza, Director of the Southern Historical Collection

Contributed by Bryan Giemza, Director of the Southern Historical Collection What do you do for the Southern Historical Collection?  My chief responsibility is to build and develop a high-research-value Collection, and to preserve the items in our care.  An important … Continue reading

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Staff Profile: Susanne Erb, Administrative Assistant

What do you do for the Southern Historical Collection? As the Administrative Assistant for the Southern Historical Collection, I coordinate the day-to-day operations, which is to say I do a little bit of everything. I am usually the first person … Continue reading

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Staff profile: Biff Hollingsworth, Collecting and Outreach Archivist

[As we look to “reboot” the Southern Sources blog this semester, we plan to focus some attention on the people who make the wheels of the Southern Historical Collection turn: our wonderful staff, students, volunteers, donors, and SHC champions. We hope … Continue reading

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