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
Interest Group Leaders
- Cristina Favretto firstname.lastname@example.org (Head, Special Collections, University of Miami Library)
- Brenda Burk email@example.com (Head of Special Collections, Clemson University Library)
- Stacey Lavender firstname.lastname@example.org (Project Processing Archivist, University of Virginia)
Special Collection Profiles
University of Florida Special and Area Studies Collections
University of South Florida Special Collections
University of Central Florida Special Collections
University of Alabama Special
University of North Carolina-Greensboro Special Collections and Archives
Georgia State University Special Collections
William H. Scott Family Papers, 1848-1982 — Emory University
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.
John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader Photographs — University of Kentucky
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.
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina — Wake Forest University
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY — This material provides invaluable insight into the American evangelical movement through five decades, including Baptist concerns relating to baptism and dancing at Baptist colleges, the role of the church in an increasingly liberal society, missionaries working abroad, political involvement, and the role of women.
Pellagra in Alabama — University of Alabama – Birmingham
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA at BIRMINGHAM — First recognized in epidemic proportions by Alabama physician Dr. George H. Searcy in 1906, the nutritional deficiency disease Pellagra, known as the “red death” in the South in the early 1900s, had its beginning and end in Alabama.