ASERL’s Special Collections Interest Group was established in 2017 to encourage cooperation and partnerships among member libraries. A series of activities was undertaken in 2017 to bring together special collections professionals and libraries, in particular for shared digital collections and expanding professional development. Activities included site visits to 24 member institutions and a professional development survey to inform future webinars.
In 2019, the group offered two webinars on outreach and community engagement and donor relations, a disaster response survey and is planning a Shared digital exhibit to launch in Fall 2019. See the Webinar Archive for recordings of these sessions.
- COVID19 Resources for Archives and Special Collections
- Collection Profiles gathered from site visits and interviews with administrators of special collections
- ASERL Disaster Response Survey (*.xls format) results from an information gathering survey on disaster supplies and response at member institutions
- Shared Exhibit exploring the history of enslavement in the Southeastern US as part of the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of Africans to the English colonies
- Brenda Burk firstname.lastname@example.org (Head of Special Collections, Clemson University Library)
- Chrystal Carpenter email@example.com (Head, Special Collections and Archives, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries)
- Cristina Favretto firstname.lastname@example.org (Head, Special Collections, University of Miami Library)
- Laura Micham email@example.com (Director, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University Libraries)
- Aaron Pahl firstname.lastname@example.org (Digital Curation Librarian, University of Alabama at Birmingham Library)
- Tammy Trần email@example.com (Library Fellow, George Mason University Law Library)
- Ximena Valdivia firstname.lastname@example.org (Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Florida International University Library)
Special Collection Profiles
TULANE UNIVERSITY — Fantastical floats and colorful costumes have become a hallmark of Mardi Gras parades, but did you know these Carnival traditions date back well over a century? Tulane’s Louisiana Research Collection preserves possibly the largest collection of New Orleans Carnival paper items, and the digital Carnival Collection features more than 5,500 original float and costume designs. Most are from Carnival’s “Golden Age” (the 1870s through the 1940s) with about three hundred designs from 1950 to 1970.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA — The photographs of Kenneth Frederick Marsh (d. 1968) were used to illustrate the following books by photographer Marsh and his wife, Blanche Marsh: Historic Flat Rock (North Carolina), Plantation Heritage, Robert Mills, and The New South, Greenville, S.C. The photographs and negatives depict historic and modern homes, public buildings, textile mills, churches, and scenes of South Carolina and Flat Rock, N.C. Many of the photographs are unpublished.
EMORY UNIVERSITY — Selections from the papers of William H. Scott, an African American Baptist minister and political activist, and his son William H. Scott, Jr. from 1848-1982, including correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, broadsides, sermons, writings, and other collected material.
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY — The John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader photographs follows the changing urban landscape of Lexington, the agricultural, tobacco and horse racing industries, key national events such as World War II and Vietnam, as well as notable regional and national figures.