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Image Discovery Week – Take a Sneak Peak of the Dean Henry L. Kamphoefner Image Collection

Design Library News - Tue, 2017-03-21 15:12

The staff at the Design Library have been working diligently behind the scenes to digitize all of the 35mm slides donated by the founding dean of the College of Design, Henry L. Kamphoefner. The slides he donated are a combination of his original photography and those given to him by professional contacts.

There are still many more slides to digitize, but please take this opportunity to see works of architecture and landscape architecture ranging from ancient to 20th Century. See modernist masterpieces like Paul Rudolph’s Cocoon House or James Fitzgibbon’s Daniel House. View examples of North Carolina Architecture, like Clemmer & Horton’s Catawba Dairy Bar or J. Frank Fitzgibbons’s George Paschal House. All of the images that have been digitized so far are viewable here.

This project was begun in anticipation of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the College of Design in 2018. Check back with the Design Library for future developments on this fascinating project.

Cocoon House

Daniel House

Catawba Dairy Bar

George Paschal House

Image Discovery Week!

Design Library News - Fri, 2017-03-17 15:54

Come to the Design Library or to the Special Collections Research Center from Monday, 2/29 to Friday, 3/4, and join us during Image Discovery Week!  Image Discovery Week highlights the image and visual resources available from the NCSU Libraries.

We’ll have an eboard set up in the Design Library, displaying a rotating sample of images from the ARTstor Digital Library and the Design Library Image Database. We’ll also have bookmarks and a brochure listing image resources to hand out.

On Wednesday, from noon to 4pm, an HTC Vive virtual reality system will be set up in the Design Library, and anyone will be welcome to try it out.

For information on image databases and other image resources available at the NCSU Libraries:


And for image collections created by the NCSU Libraries:


Special Collections digital image collections:




Family of George Matsumoto visits Special Collections and Hunt Library

Design Library News - Tue, 2017-03-14 09:31

The family of former NCSU School (now College) of Design faculty member George Matsumoto visited Special Collections, Hunt Library, and the College of Design on Monday, March 13. The family, along with representatives from the College of Design and other interested members of the public from North Carolina Modernist Houses celebrated and honored Matsumoto’s architectural legacy in North Carolina and beyond.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) also acquired new materials donated by the family that will be available for researcher use in the near future. SCRC has already digitized the Matsumoto architectural drawings, which are available online. The George Matsumoto Papers were acquired in the late 1990s and contain important materials documenting Matsumoto’s work, including correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings and sketches, and other materials. George Matsumoto’s work was documented in a publication from 1997 called “Simplicity, Order, and Discipline: The work of  George Matsumoto from the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections.”

Matsumoto was born in 1922 in San Francisco, California, and earned his B. A. in Architecture from Washington University. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later worked with various architectural firms. Soon thereafter he joined NC State’s new School of Design in 1948 until he left for Berkeley in 1961. Matsumoto was brought to NC State by Henry L. Kamphoefner, the first Dean of the School of Design. Matsumoto is considered to be one of the key early faculty members at Design, and especially important as a practitioner and teacher who promoted modernist architecture.

Matsumoto was influenced by leading architects such as Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer; Burns wrote that “The ideas that mattered most to George Matsumoto as a designer and as a teacher were those that served as the focal themes of the modern movement: strict adherence to functional demands, clarity of plan, structural logic and expression, economy of means, perfection of detail, and the rationalization of construction processes tending toward industrialization.”

To learn more about Special Collections, or to access Special Collections materials, please contact us here.

Spring Break Hours at the Veterinary Medicine Library

VetMed News - Thu, 2017-03-09 13:55

In consideration of the CVM’s Spring Break (March 13-17), the Veterinary Medicine Library’s hours will be as follows:

Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12 1:00 pm — 5:00 pm Monday – Friday, March 13-17 7:30 am — 6:00 pm Saturday, March 18 1:00 pm — 5:00 pm

(Regular hours resume Sunday, March 19)

The D. H. Hill Library and James B. Hunt Library have longer hours. See the NCSU Libraries website for more details.

Try a Standing Desk in the Library

VetMed News - Tue, 2017-02-21 14:55

In response to student requests, we are pleased to announce the availability of two different types of portable standing desks for use in the library.

There is a flat, adjustable-height desk as well as a slanted-surface podium-style desk. Both are located on a cart that can travel around the VML as needed. You can use these desks at any of the VML’s carrels, desks or tables. If you would like assistance moving or setting up the desk, please ask at the service desk.

We will soon have a few exercise balls and foot rests as well. If you have any questions or suggestions about ways we at the VML can help you stay happy and healthy, please email us or call 919-513-6218.

Special Collections reveal rich history of Bragaw Residence Hall landscape on NC State campus

Design Library News - Tue, 2017-02-14 10:29

Blog post contributed by Lindsey Naylor

The Landscape Architecture Archive in the Special Collections Research Center provided historical insight on Monday for Master of Landscape Architecture students working to redesign the courtyard space behind Bragaw Residence Hall.

The full space between the Bragaw, Lee and Sullivan residence halls was designed in the early 1970s by Lewis Clarke, a well-known modernist landscape architect who taught in the NC State Department of Landscape Architecture during the 1950s and 1960s. The Lewis Clarke Collection, one of the largest in the archive, includes as-built drawings and project files for the space, which was one of several residence hall projects that Clarke’s firm completed for NC State at the time.

Clarke’s original design included an amphitheater, a rolling lawn with clusters of trees, a courtyard off of the Bragaw common area, an entry planting off of the Sullivan parking lot, and a series of sweeping brick paths with white brick accents that echoed the style of the paths designed by Richard Bell and installed a decade earlier to the west of the Brickyard.

Students are proposing new designs for the Bragaw space, which has morphed over time as Fountain Dining Hall was constructed and as new paths were installed that cut through the original design. The drawings and files from the Clarke collection helped paint a picture for students of how and why the Bragaw space evolved, which pieces of the current landscape are remnants of the Clarke design, and how a new design might respond to the site’s historical context.

In addition to the Clarke drawings and files, students were able to review slide images from the Office of the University Architect Records that showed Clarke’s models and concept diagrams for the project, the construction process, and the final constructed space.

Students examine slide images of Clarke's models and of the 1970s iteration of the Bragaw landscape.

Images in the Rare and Unique Digital Collections showed students how the space was used before Bragaw’s construction in 1958: During the 1940s the site was home to Vetville, a community of pre-fabricated apartments for veteran students with families, and one of several campus projects built quickly to accommodate the post-war boom of students attending NC State with support from the G.I. Bill.

The site once was home to Vetville, a pre-fabricated apartment community for veteran students with families.

Combined, the collections offered a rich history of the site for students who are considering how to transform it yet again. Students will translate their designs into construction documents, with the possibility that one scheme will be constructed by a summer Design+Build class. The studio, LAR 503 Design Development, led by Carla Delcambre and Jesse Turner, is working with University Housing and the NC State Facilities Division to get feedback on designs throughout the semester.

Special Collections partners with COD faculty member Kofi Boone to evaluate “lost landscapes” on campus

Design Library News - Fri, 2017-02-10 15:17

Blog post contributed by Lindsey Naylor

In LAR 582: Landscape Architecture Theory and Criticism, students take part in formal class debates and deploy arguments that draw from their growing knowledge of theory. For the first debate, Professor Kofi Boone assigned two teams that argue opposing sides of the question: Is the new landscape for the Talley Student Union a step forward or a step backward?

But only two students had actually seen the previous student union landscape — a visit to the Special Collections Research Center was definitely called for! With access to detailed drawings and archival images pulled from three separate collections, the whole class could grasp the forms, spaces and uses that defined what was then called the Student Center Plaza.

The former plaza was designed by Richard Bell, a renowned local landscape architect who just a few years earlier had designed the Brickyard. Bell’s design for the Student Center Plaza featured a multi-level fountain that stepped down into the site; walls and plantings that created a buffer against the railroad and the traffic of Dunn Avenue; an amoeba-like open lawn; and seating that wrapped around the site and the student union.

A 1980s view of the former Student Center Plaza. Dunn Avenue is beyond the wall in the background. UA 003.026

Students in Boone’s class came to D.H. Hill Library on Thursday to see in person the drawings and images from the Richard C. Bell Drawings and Other Materials, the Office of the University Architect Records, and the G. Milton Small Papers.

The Richard C. Bell collection, in the Landscape Architecture Archive, holds about a dozen drawings for his Student Center Plaza design, including grading and planting plans, site sections, construction details and illustrative renderings.

The University Architect collection has dozens of slide images, taken in the 1970s and 1980s, that give a rich picture of the plaza’s use and its human scale. About 25 of the slides were scanned for Boone’s class and soon will be available online in the Rare and Unique Digital Collections.

The Small collection includes floor plans, elevations and perspective renderings of the Student Center and the Student Supply Store, the two buildings that formed the southern and western edges of the plaza. The Student Supply Store was demolished during the new Talley construction, and the Student Center was gutted to form the core of the new building.

Students examine Bell's 1975 grading plan for the Student Center Plaza.

SCRC holds a wealth of materials that give insight into the history of community spaces on NC State’s campus. Boone, who works in the Experience Design Lab at the College of Design, is exploring ways to use digitized archival images and oral histories in conjunction with site-based virtual and augmented reality, to enrich individual experiences of campus and other landscapes.

Boone brought to class an Oculus Gear VR to share a 360-degree image of the current Talley landscape and refresh students’ memories of the existing site design. SCRC Associate Head and Curator Gwynn Thayer brought an early “model” as a fun, historical comparison– a stereoviewer, which was the 19th century’s attempt at creating a three-dimensional alternate reality.

Kofi Boone uses the Oculus Gear VR to view a 360-degree image of the current Talley Student Union landscape.

Student Jackson Kiel uses the stereoviewer to view a 19th-century sublime landscape.

January 2017 Publications from CVM Authors

VetMed News - Thu, 2017-02-02 11:43

Take a look at the CVM author publications for January 2017 courtesy of the NCSU Scholarly Publications Repository.
CVM and other NC State authors are specifically highlighted with their department affiliation and links to their other publications in the repository. To access the full text of any of these articles, click on “Find Text (NCSU Only)” link.

If you have questions or would like information about the repository or NC State publications, please email libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu or call us at 919-513-6218.