The Special Collections Research Center announces newly updated collection guides (with detailed description) on three University Archives collections: The Office of Public Affairs Records, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Research Records, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Extension Services Records.
Office of Public Affairs Records, 1914-2001
The Office of Public Affairs (since 2010 its functions have been part of University Communications and Marketing) Records contain correspondence, news releases, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, radio scripts and scrapbooks. In its role of communicating information to the University community, the Office's records reflect many of the issues, events, and people of the day. Topics covered include campus visitors (such as Billy Graham, President Lyndon Johnson, President Ronald Reagan, and Eleanor Roosevelt), annual events, research breakthroughs, campus involvement in World War II and Vietnam, integration, and AIDS education, to name just a few.
Office of Research and Innovation Records, 1954-2008
The Office of Research and Innovation supports research, scholarship, and the creative activities of the NC State community, facilitates a collaborative research and innovation environment, and translates results into social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world. The Office provides leadership for the research endeavors of the university and collaborates with industry partners. It also oversees the university's various centers and institutes, many of which conduct groundbreaking research. The records contain memoranda, correspondence, reports, and some publications about the research activities on campus.
One interesting topic in the Research and Innovation Records is a proposal to build a "Superconducting Super Collider" managed by NC State. Particle colliders provide cutting edge insight into particle physics. This "Super Collider" would have been similar in scale to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland which has been credited with proving the existence of previously theoretical particles. While ultimately unsuccessful, the documents supporting this massive project shed light on the strengths of the university and the hard-fought campaign to land it. Then-Governor James "Jim" Martin was an enthusiastic supporter, as seen in the document below.
College of Veterinary Medicine, Extension Services Records, 1983-1995
The College of Veterinary Medicine, Extension Services Records contain materials related to the North Carolina 4-H Horse Program and to short courses offered through Extension Horse Husbandry (now Equine Husbandry). The 4-H series includes materials related to a variety of educational events offered to 4-H members throughout the year. Activities include horse bowl, essay, judging, public speaking, demonstration and hippology contests, and stable management events. The Short Course Clinics series contains items about the adult program, including training through a series of county conferences, statewide short courses and clinics, two-way television broadcasts, newsletters, extension bulletins and agent/specialist consultation services. These records mainly reflect the short courses and clinics on topics such as horse breeding, judging horse contests, feeding, and farm management.
Special thanks to Jennifer Baker, Clara Wilson, Kristen Blake, Wykila Chavis, Sarah Take, Zakkiyah Majeed, Karsin Williard, Kyle Canter, Oliver Robinson, Katie Cosby, Kelly Rogers, Taylor Bathurst, Rachel White, Madalyn Baldwin, Mollie Frazier, and Manning Peeler for their work on these collections.