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From the Vaults: When Kudzu Was a Rotation Crop

SCRC News - Mon, 2014-01-27 10:58

Kudzu a benefit?

N. C. State’s Special Collections Research Center holds reports, periodicals, and other publications featuring research conducted at N. C. State University. Many highlight advances the university and its affiliates have made in agricultural procedures and technology.

Among items in the University Archives, however, are some oddities such as “Kudzu in Rotation with Corn and Small Grain.” This 1953 report, written by faculty members of the Department of Agronomy and published by the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, recommended use of kudzu for erosion control and soil fertilization for corn and small grain production. At that time the plant was cultivated for benefiting crops and forestry, but today it is considered a weed and an invasive species.

It is now known that kudzu spreads rapidly and is problematic to control. It is capable of killing plants and even trees by blanketing them and depriving them of sunlight. In the 1950s kudzu was recommended for crop improvement, but today’s agriculturalists, farmers, and weekend gardeners, with a little twenty-first century hindsight, know it has the opposite effect.

The Department of Agronomy was an early unit within N. C. State’s School of Agriculture (later renamed College of Agriculture and Life Sciences). This department was the ancestor of today’s Department of Soil Science and Department of Crop Science.  Many N. C State faculty members in the agriculture programs conducted research through the North Carolina Agriculture Experiment Station, which later became the Agricultural Research Service.

This report and numerous others are part of the University Archives.  It was digitized as part of Cultivating a Revolution, a project of the NCSU Libraries to digitize archival materials pertaining to the modernization of agriculture throughout North Carolina. The project was funded in part by a grant under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The 14th most beautiful library in the world

The “Best Value Schools” website has honored the Hunt Library by ranking it as 14th in its listing of the world’s 50 most beautiful libraries:

Oslo-based architectural firm Snohetta made its mark in Raleigh in early 2013 with the opening of North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The designers teamed up with local architects Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee (now merged with Clark Nexsen) to develop the glimmering wonder, which is arguably as eco-minded as it is attractive. Thirty-one percent of the materials used in the library’s construction are recycled in origin, lighting is natural or solar energy based, and the majority of the timber was taken from sustainable forests. Both the facility’s green features and design have wowed industry insiders, and the striking structure was honored with an American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building Award in 2013.

NCSU School of Architecture “Rebel Cities” Class Meets at Special Collections Research Center

SCRC News - Tue, 2014-01-21 12:13

Dr. Burak Erdim’s Architecture 590 course (Rebel Cities: Transatlantic Architectures of Activism, 1920 – Present) recently met with the Special Collections Research Center in order to view some original drawings created by the Polish modernist architect Matthew (Maciej) Nowicki as well as drawings by the architect William Henley Deitrick. The course traces the transatlantic exchanges in housing and planning ideas that emerged in response to the rise of the metropolis at the end of the nineteenth century. The students are studying east-west exchanges between cities; including, for example, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Chandigarh, India. Nowicki executed a number of drawings of the Dorton Arena and the surrounding fairgrounds in Raleigh in addition to collaborating with Albert Mayer in order to design (in India) the new capital city of Punjab, Chandigarh. Sadly, many of Nowicki’s architectural visions were never executed; he died tragically in a plane crash in 1950.

One architectural historian, Marta Urbanska, has referred to Nowicki as one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century, but she notes that he is not very well known. In an interview with the Krakow Post on September 6, 2010, she observed, “Nowicki received a commission which was at that time largely known and hyped in the international press as an architect’s dream. He was offered a fantastic opportunity to design an entirely new city – Chandigarh. Yet whilst the name of the city is very famous in the history of architecture, sadly it is now not directly associated with the name of Maciej Nowicki.”

To view the finding aid of Nowicki materials available at the Special Collections Research Center, go to: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/findingaids/mc00190

To learn more about Nowicki’s life and work, go to the North Carolina Architects and Builders online biographical dictionary: http://ncarchitects.lib.ncsu.edu/people/P000044

The North Carolina Architects and Builders website is an important resource for those studying North Carolina architecture, and is worth exploring: http://ncarchitects.lib.ncsu.edu/

Vet Med Library Open Mon, Jan. 20 from 9 am – 6 pm

VetMed News - Tue, 2014-01-14 07:39

The Veterinary Medicine Library is open on Monday, January 20th  from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

The D.H. Hill Library and James B. Hunt Library are open 24 hours. See all NCSU Libraries Hours.

Hunt “Photo Journal” in The Independent

Citing its role as “architectural destination” for the Research Triangle community, the INDYweek has published a photo essay on the Hunt Library.

Also featured in the same edition—the Hunt Library’s green roof in an article about “Raleigh’s Green Acres.”

Veterinary Record and In Practice access issues

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-01-06 16:31

Our access to Veterinary Record and In Practice is not working properly. We do have current subscriptions to these titles and have reported the problem.
In the meantime, if you need access to an article from either of these journals, please contact us at libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu and we will scan the needed article for you. We apologize for the inconvenience.

December 2013 Publications from CVM Authors

VetMed News - Fri, 2014-01-03 12:29

December 2013 Publications from CVM Authors

Take a look at the CVM author publications for December 2013 courtesy of the NCSU Scholarly Publications Repository.

CVM and other NCSU 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 NCSU publications, please email libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu or call us at 919-513-6218.

The Animal Rights Network Records: A New Resource Documenting the Animal Rights Movement

SCRC News - Mon, 2013-12-30 10:00

This post is contributed by Darby Reiners, Project Archivist, Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Collections.

After a lot of hard work over the past year, the Animal Rights Network Records are now available for research! Processing the collection was challenging at times, and the nagging feeling that the unprocessed boxes were multiplying while we weren’t looking was present all too often. The results are well worth it, though: this sizable collection documenting the animal rights movement is now accessible to the public. The Animal Rights Network Records contain correspondence, office files, reports, clippings, publications, mailings, and audiovisual resources documenting the activities of the Animal Rights Network (ARN) and other groups advocating for the ethical and humane treatment of animals.

One of the largest series in the collection is the Animal Rights Network files, which include extensive information on how the organization prepared their bi-monthly magazine, Animals’ Agenda. The magazine contained original content and also served to help smaller animal rights organizations network with members of the animal rights community. ARN also maintained a library and archives and encouraged its members to collect and maintain their own collections documenting the animal rights and animal welfare movements; many members donated their collections to ARN. Other series include those of individuals from different organizations as well as files from larger organizations; these individuals and organizations include Ruth Gehlert, head of the Humane Crusade organization in Arizona; Susan Wiedman, founder of the Charlottesville Voices for Animals in Virginia; and the Farm Animal Reform Movement. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between these groups and individuals. Some of the groups were focused on only one subject within the larger animal rights movement, like the Farm Animal Reform Movement, while others collected materials that covered many subjects not directly connected to animal rights such as vegetarianism, environmentalism, and educational materials. It was also fascinating to see the different ideas that each group or individual had about animal rights issues like hunting, pet overpopulation, and animal testing.

We concluded our processing work with the oversize materials. This part of the processing was the most interesting part of our work because the majority of materials were posters, prints, and drawings that people had created for the animal rights movement. One of these pieces can be viewed below:

National Equine and Smaller Animals Defence League poster

Overall, we are pleased about the arrangement of the collection and the guide to its contents. It was a lot of work, but the journey to the finish line was full of exciting discoveries.

Winter Simulation Conference 2013: A Successful Launch for d.lib.ncsu.edu/computer-simulation

SCRC News - Fri, 2013-12-20 09:22

The Winter Simulation Conference in Washington, D.C., which was held from December 7-11, was the ideal venue to showcase the new NCSU Libraries’ website that features video oral histories of computer simulation pioneers as well as other collections about computer simulation. Six more video oral history interviews took place during the conference: Russell C. H. Cheng, Ray J. Paul, Peter D. Welch, Lee W. Schruben, Bruce W. Schmeiser, and Averill M. Law. The video oral history project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a collaborative project with NCSU’s Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Pictured above are:

Top Left: Richard E. Nance, delivering his “Titans of Simulation” talk at the Winter Simulation Conference

Top Right: Peter D. Welch, on left, after his oral history interview with NCSU Professor (and project P.I.) James R. Wilson

Middle Left: Lee W. Schruben, preparing for his oral history interview

Middle Right: Ingolf Stahl, donating books on simulation to the Simulation Archive at NCSU Libraries

Lower Left: Robert G. Sargent, on left, with Averill M. Law, after Law’s oral history interview

Lower Right: Ray J. Paul, at the conference reception after his oral history interview, with his book about living with Parkinson’s

To learn more about the Computer Simulation Archive, go to: d.lib.ncsu.edu/computer-simulation

Farewell party for Jackie Gadison on Fri. Jan. 3rd

VetMed News - Wed, 2013-12-18 10:48

Dear CVM Community,

Longtime Veterinary Medicine Library staff member Jackie Gadison is taking on a new role in the NCSU Libraries in the Acquisitions & Discovery department. Starting Monday, January 6, Jackie will be based at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus.

Please join us on Friday, January 3 at the Veterinary Medicine Library as we thank Jackie for her service at VML and wish her well in her new position.

Party Date: Friday, January 3, 2014
Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Veterinary Medicine Library Reading Room

We’ll have cake and beverages. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

If you have questions, please call the Veterinary Medicine Library at (919) 513-6218 or e-mail libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu.

Special Collections Receives MeadWestvaco Research Reports

NRL News - Mon, 2013-12-16 09:24

Loading packaged pulpwood on a crawler arch-loader, West Virginia Experimental Forest, 1948.

The Special Collections Research Center has received a collection of research reports from the MeadWestvaco company, now called MWV Corporation.  These reports  document forestry research at the research centers, laboratories, and experimental forests of MeadWestvaco and its predecessors:  the Mead Paper Company and the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company (Westvaco).  The collection is comprised of 13 bankers boxes (19.5 linear feet) of reports dating from 1945 to 2007.

Throughout their history, these companies produced paper and packaging products, and they maintained research forests for the development of pulpwood in several eastern and southern states.  The reports in this collection originated from research conducted in Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,  South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Of particular note to the NC State community are reports of research conducted by some of the university’s forestry faculty.

More information about the MeadWestvaco Research Reports can be found in the online collection guide.  A more detailed listing of reports exists in most of the boxes in this collection.  To access materials in this collection, please contact the research services staff using the online Special Collections request form.

Preparing pulpwood, NC Farm Forestry Extension, 1930s.

The MeadWestvaco Research Reports join the Center’s growing collection of primary resources on the history of American forestry and foresters.  The Center is the repository of the papers of Carl Schenck, the founder of the first American school of forestry; Bruce Zobel, prominent tree geneticist; Ellis Cowling, forestry and plant pathologist; and others.  Also, historical records from the forestry programs at NC State University and the NC Cooperative Extension Service exist within the University Archives.  Descriptions of the forestry collections exist on the NCSU Libraries’ website.  Researchers may also access some digitized photographs and other documents online at the NCSU Libraries’ History of Forestry and Rare & Unique Digital Collections sites.

[Note on images:  The top image is from Westvaco Experimental Forest Report WR 12, titled "Packaged Pulpwood" that is contained in Carton 12 of the new collection titled MeadWestvaco Research Reports (MC 00496).  The bottom image is from Box 34 of the existing collection titled Agricultural Extension and Research Services Photographs (UA 023.007).]

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