Special Collections Interest Group

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.


Interest Group Leaders

The Special Collections Interest Group page is maintained by three co-chairs of the Special Collections Interest Group:
See https://lists.aserl-lists.org/mailman/listinfo/aserl-spec-collections to join the email list for ASERL’s Special Collections Committee.

Special Collection Profiles

Collections Spotlight

Black and white photo of a group of black men standing in matching jackets

John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader Photographs

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.

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A sepia toned photo of a large group of people sitting at long banquet tables

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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.

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A black and white photo of a man with darkened hands and face

Pellagra in Alabama

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.

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