Special Collections Research Center: Greenways Archive
In 1999 and again in 2000 surveys were mailed across the nation soliciting information from public and private greenways organizations. The data accumulated included contact, organization and financial information, and the type, usage, and access of greenways trails. The survey data was incorporated into a database and the original surveys returned are housed in the Special Collections Research Center of NCSU Libraries (Manuscript Collection #274). See the Appendix for quick facts from the survey returns.
The survey returns have both an internal and external impact. The Special
Collections Research Center will use the information received to assess the growth
of greenways, establish contacts with greenway organizations, and solicit
materials from existing greenways. The database of survey returns is also
open to the public. Greenway enthusiasts, especially those who are planning on
constructing a greenway can use the database to glean pertinent information to
aid their research and development.
Greenway Resource Collection
The survey enabled the Special Collections Research Center to solicit greenway
organizations for additional materials. The response was overwhelming,
and the Department received maps, newsletters, master plans, and books.
This information is housed in a separate collection within the Greenways
Archive and is available for consultation by the public (
The main goal of the Greenways Archive has always been the dissemination
of information to the public. In keeping with the land-grant mission
of NCSU and the commitment of the Special Collections Research Center to
outreach, the Evergreen Foundation grant ensured that the disparate collections
comprising the Greenways Archive in the Special Collections Research Center
at NCSU are accessible in various forms of media. Beyond the collections
and their finding aids housed on the shelves of the Special Collections
Research Center, a pamphlet was created detailing the collections, and a
was developed that not only provides information about the Greenways Archive
at NCSU, but also has a list of outside resources for greenways enthusiasts.
Both the pamphlet and website contain information concerning the donation
of materials to the Greenways Archive.
Beyond the survey and the resulting database, the Evergreen Foundation
grant supported the commencement of an ambitious project to map existing
and proposed greenways through GIS mapping software. While a few
states have been mapped and are available on the internet, this is an ongoing
project that will be updated as it is developed.
Project). NCSU Libraries is part of the GIS Literacy Project,
which is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Environmental
Systems Research Institute, Inc. The Project introduces and investigates
the use of GIS in research libraries and surrounding communities.
(NCSU GIS site)
The Special Collections Research Center will work closely with the GIS staff of the
Library to develop an interactive digital representation of national greenways.
Quick Facts from the Survey Collection
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