Daily Archives: June 13, 2012

Raleigh, Then and Now, and Other Photographic News

From our Non-Textual Materials Archivist Kim Cumber comes this news:

Raleigh, Then and Now’ is a new monthly column in which photographer Ian F.G. Dunn presents his temporal diptychs. Historical photographs are used to re-photograph a scene from the exact location and angle the original photographer used. This has proven to be no easy task. Lenses used by our ancestral photographers were much different than today’s lenses and often distorted the image, sometimes making it incredibly hard to achieve an exact present-day photograph.  Other issues include lighting and changes in topography and infrastructure. Many of the historical photographs are courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.  This is a collaborative effort between Non-Textual Materials part-time cataloger Karl Larson and photographer Ian F. G. Dunn.

There are also several new photograph sets on our Flickr account:


It’s A Library Thing

Summer vacation means extra hands to help get the WRA ready to open. Jackson Futch, son of the Western Regional Supervisor, pitched in to organize the library.

As the Western Regional Archives gears up to open, staffers have been building a library wish list and acquiring some great reference volumes to aid our patrons.  As Heather South, archivist, puts it “The empty shelves looked very sad and it is exciting to see them filling up.”

You can see what volumes will be available at the WRA by checking out their catalog on Library Thing.  Western Regional Archives Library Thing

Be sure to keep checking back to see as new titles are added to the collection and let us know if you have a recommendation of books to add to the wish list!