NC State's Helping Hands, From Our Archives

NC Students collected over 150,000 pounds of scrap metal for WWII effort, 1942

NC Students collected over 150,000 pounds of scrap metal for WWII effort, 1942

In times of great uncertainty and doubt, the best thing you can do is help, and there are many ways you can use your time, money, skills, and resources to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking through the Special Collections and Research Center's Rare and Unique Digital Archives Collections, you can find through historical images and documents how NC State's students and community have been helpers through volunteering, donating, fundraising, and caring.

In October 1942, NC State students held a scrap drive, collecting three freight train carloads of scrap metal that was donated to the military as salvage, all part of World War II homefront effort.

The annual Shack-A-Thon event is held each September, where students build shacks on the Brickyard and camp out in them to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Every year the different student organizations outdo themselves in how creative and wacky their structures are, all to provide awareness and donations for affordable housing. (Special Collections has written about the event in the past here and here.)

Held every January, the Krispy Kreme Challenge is a relay race fundraiser for UNC Children's Hospital, where participants run 2.5 miles to Raleigh Downtown's historic Krispy Kreme store, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts, and then run all the way back to the Bell Tower. (We've written about it here.)

Here are other images from our digitized collections capturing the NC State community's philanthropy.

If you would like to learn more about the Special Collection Research Center and our thousands of digitized materials, please visit the Rare and Unique Digital Collections for access to images, video, audio recordings, and textual materials documenting NC State's student activities and other topics. You can also visit Historical State for a timeline of the history of the NC State.

Research questions and/or requests for materials can be sent in using the Special Collections Request Form. Please note that due to the NC State University Coronavirus Response, NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center is closed but staff are working remotely and are able to assist with some reference support; we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.