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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS RESEARCH CENTER

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The Special Collections Research Center builds its research collections in targeted areas of strength. Particular attention will be paid to areas in which NC State has made and is making a marked contribution to the development of the field, such as in plant and forestry genetics and genomics. Broad areas of emphasis for the Center include the History of Science, Engineering and Technology, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, Textiles, Veterinary Medicine, and Architecture and Design. Specifically, research materials documenting historical and contemporary aspects are actively built in the following disciplines and fields of study:

Plant and Forestry Genetics and Genomics
North Carolina State University and its History
History of Computing and Simulation
Architecture
Textiles
Veterinary Medicine
Entomology
Animal Welfare
Zoological Health

Plant and Forestry Genetics and Genomics

Existing Collection Strengths : Papers and records of prominent NC State faculty in plant and forestry genomics, including scholars who played fundamental roles in the founding of the disciplines; publications recording seminal research in these areas, including monographs and journals recording the formation of plant and forestry genomics as research disciplines; seminal research with interdisciplinary ties to related disciplines such as crop science, botany, and plant pathology; history of forestry; seminal works and the papers of scholars in disciplines, such as plant, crop, and agricultural sciences, that fostered the development of plant and forestry genetics and genomics.

Current Collecting Emphases : Areas noted above; papers of prominent genomics researchers and corporations in RTP and the state of North Carolina; national and international scholars important in the formulation and development of the disciplines.

North Carolina State University and its History

The University Archives serves as the administrative memory of NC State University, and its function is to preserve for the future the legal, administrative, and historical records of the University and make them available to all interested researchers. By preserving the University's documentary heritage, the Archives also makes it possible to study the contributions by members of the University community to the institution’s growth. Beyond collecting the institutional records of NCSU, the University Archives and the Special Collections Research Center also collect materials on student life and organizations, major campus events, and major campus achievements.

back to topHistory of Computing and Simulation

Existing Collection Strengths : Papers and records of prominent scholars in the history of computing and simulation; seminal monographs and journals in the development of simulation; seminal monographs and journals in the history of computing (Ptak collection).

Current Collecting Emphases : Areas noted above; seminal monographs and journals in the development of systems and computer engineering.

Architecture

Existing Collection Strengths : The NCSU Libraries serves as the repository for important architectural materials and collections in the State of North Carolina and includes papers, drawings, and records of prominent architectural firms in the state and region; papers and records of prominent architects, with an emphasis on major modernist architects; papers and drawings of prominent landscape architects and golf course designers. The architecture collections also emphasize papers, drawings, and monographs documenting the historic architecture of the State of North Carolina.

Current Collecting Emphases : Areas noted above; the architecture of the Southeastern United States; industrial design.

back to topTextiles

Existing Collection Strengths : Papers and records of prominent NC State faculty involved in furthering textiles research, outreach, and development; seminal monographs and journals in the development of textiles as a modern discipline; history of the College of Textiles and Centennial Campus.

Current Collecting Emphases : Areas noted above; history of the textiles industry in North Carolina; papers and records of prominent NC State faculty and alumni involved in the development of technologies related to medical textiles; non-woven fabrics, color, textiles chemistry, and research into new fibers; seminal monographs and journals in the development of technologies related to medical textiles; non-woven fabrics, color, textiles chemistry, and research into new fibers.

Veterinary Medicine

Existing Collection Strengths: Papers and records of prominent NC State faculty performing veterinary medicine based research in toxicology, biochemistry, biomathematics, pharmacology, and immunology.

Current Collecting Emphases: Areas noted above; papers of prominent veterinary medical scholars, with an emphasis on research in toxicology, biochemistry, biomathematics, pharmacology, and immunology, animal surgery, and genetics; seminal monographs and journals in the development of modern veterinary medicine research; animal welfare collections, with particular emphasis on ethical and sustainable research practices.

back to topEntomology

Existing Collection Strengths: Papers and records of prominent NC State faculty in the history of entomology; significant monograph, article re-print, and rare book collections (Metcalf, Seguy, and Tippmann) in the history of entomology.

Current Collecting Emphases: Areas noted above; papers of prominent entomologists, with an emphasis on research in applied insect ecology, insect physiology, insect systematics, medical and veterinary entomology, and urban entomology.

Animal Welfare

Existing Collection Strengths: Monographs and papers documenting the history of and movements in animal rights and welfare; the Tom Regan Animal Rights archive.

Current Collecting Emphases: Areas noted above; animal welfare as related to the development of modern veterinary medical research practice.