Christine Ingram Presentation on New Hanover County Slave Deeds, Join Us on Thursday 10/2 at 2pm in Board Room (9.29.2014)

Please join us in the Charles W. Chesnutt Library on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the J.C. Jones Board of Trustees Room on the 2nd for a presentation by Mrs. Christine Ingram Hockaday on the New Hanover County Slave Deeds.

Christina Ingram Presentation on New Hanover County Slave Deeds, Join Us on Thursday 10/2 at 2pm in Board Room (9.29.2014)

Mrs. Hockaday’s presentation describes a research project conducted by students at the Cape Fear Community College on pre-Civil War property records of enslaved persons from the archives of the New Hanover County Register of Deeds.  Professor James Burke and over 30 students located and transcribed the handwritten records and entered them in a database that is available at Cape Fear Community College’s LibGuide on the New Hanover County Slave Deeds. Mrs. Ingram Hockaday assisted with the compilation and editing of the work.

 The event is free and open to the public.  If you have any questions, you can contact Mr. Bobby Wynn, Director of Library Services at (910) 672-1232 or Jan Whitfield at (910) 672-1750.

We hope that you will join us for this very interesting and important look at the past.


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#ThrowbackThursday: FSU History – Founding Fathers (9.25.2014)

Andrew Chesnutt | "FSU History: Founding Fathers" | Archives and Special Collections, Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University (9.25.2014)

Andrew Chesnutt


In a short letter written to a local author, an unknown member of the Andrew J. Chesnutt Family describes the beginnings of their father’s legacy in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The letter provides detail about his local business ventures, African American education in Cumberland County, North Carolina, and his eldest son Charles W. Chesnutt.

 Read more about Andrew Chesnutt and the letter on the Chesnutt Library Tumblr.

Banned Books Week, September 21-27th: Celebrating the Freedom to Read (9.22.2014)

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.Banned Books Week, Library Books Display, Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University (9.22.2014)

Come to the Library to see the Banned Books Week display!

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

(Source: ALA


#WordlessWednesday: Hispanic Heritage Month Library Displays by Dr. Lenora Hayes (9.17.2014)


Hispanic Heritage Month Display - by  Dr. Lenora Hayes (9.17.2014) - Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University

Dr. Hayes is the Assistant Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures Department and Assistant Professor of Spanish.

Hispanic Heritage Month Display - Green



  • More info on Dr. Hayes here.
  • More info on Hispanic Heritage Month here

#LibTECH: There’s an App For That | Take Notes with Evernote (9.16.2014)

There's an App For That | #LibTECH: Take Notes with Evernote (9.16.2014) - Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University

Tired of taking handwritten notes and keeping them in perfect order? Try using Evernote–a tool to keep notes synced on your phone and computer. This software allows notes to be created and accessed both online and offline. Images, sound clips, and documents can be attached to the notes.

There's an App For That | #LibTECH: Take Notes with Evernote (9.16.2014) - Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University

Example of notes taken in Evernote

You can either use the online version, download the app, or download the desktop version. There are three version available: free, premium, and business. Check out Evernote here.

Evernote is available for:

  • Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone
  • OS X, iOS
  • Chrome OS
  • Android
  • BlackBerry

#ChesnuttLibrary Staff Member Serves as 2014-2015 Staff Senate President (9.15.2014)

Ms. Patricia Flanigan (President) and Ms. Carlitta Moore (Senator) - Fall 2014 Convocation, Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University

Ms. Patricia Flanigan (l: President) and Ms. Carlitta Moore (r: Senator, Staff Marshal) at Fall Convocation on September 4th, 2014 in Seabrook Auditorium

Ms. Patricia Flanigan (President) and Ms. Carlitta Moore (Senator) represent the interests and needs of SPA and EPA (non-teaching) staff at Fayetteville State University through campus, community, and state-wide activities. Ms. Flanigan was elected as the as the 2014-2015 Staff Sentate President and has served on the Senate since 1999, Ms. Flanigan is one of three delegates from Fayetteville State University to serve on the UNC Staff Assembly, which was established in 2006 by President Erskine Bowles. Ms. Flanigan works in the Acquisitions Department of Chesnutt Library.

The 2014 Fall Convocation took place on Thursday, September 14th, 2014 in Seabrook Auditorium.

#ThrowbackThursday: FSU History – Campus Buildings | Rosenthal Building (9.11.2014)

The Rosenthal Building is named after a former member of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Emil Rosenthal. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Fayetteville State College by Governor Ehringhaus in 1935.

#TBT: Rosenthal Building. Archives and Special Collections, Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University (9.11.2014) #TBT: Rosenthal Building Dedication Correspondence,. Archives and Special Collections, Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University (9.11.2014)

The building was erected as a classroom building and completed in 1966 to house an art studio, a dark room for developing pictures, and music classrooms for the choir and band. The choir room was equipped with opera chairs, a stage, and ten pianos. The dedication program describes the building as a “two-story air conditioned brick and steel structure, containing an area of 25,600 square feet. The hexagonal area of the main floor is designed for music.”

Mr. Rosenthal was born in New York City in 1897. He graduated from John Hopkins University in 1916 and continued to further his education at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He also enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 and spent twenty-two months in France. Mr. Rosenthal was a business man in several cities including Baltimore, M.D, Wilson, N.C. Raleigh, N.C, and Goldsboro, N.C between 1919-1960.

Information about Mr. Emil Rosenthal can be found using archival materials housed at the Southern Historical Collection in Chapel Hill, NC and the State Archives of North Carolina in Raleigh, NC.

Amber Covington. Archives and Special Collections, Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University


#ThrowbackThursday: FSU History – Campus Buildings (8.28.2014)

The Rudolph Jones Student Center was originally erected in 1973 and has recently received several renovations.

Dr. Rudolph Jones was the sixth President of Fayetteville State University. Born in Winton, North Carolina, Dr. Jones later earned degrees from Shaw University and Catholic University of America. He held several positions before leading the FSU in 1952. He served as a teacher, principal, and administrator in North Carolina. Dr. Jones’ legacy is most notably recognized across campus through buildings constructed during his time and the curriculum expansion to include degree programs. These buildings include Vance Hall, Bryant Hall, Rosenthal Building, Science Annex, the Helen T. Chick Building, and the Women’s Physical Education Building. (“History of Fayetteville State University, 1867-2003” by Dr. Bertha Miller)

In 1973, the Student Center is described as “a modern, highly complex and specialized kind of building” that houses a “barbershop, a beauty parlor, bowling lanes, billiard tables, table tennis, a TV lounge, a ballroom, a post office, a student supply store, a conference room, 4 meeting rooms, 2 music listening or literature rooms, a main lounge, an informational booth, a cloak room, 2 patios, a snack bar, and a multitude of offices all under one roof.” (Fayetteville State University Catalog, 1973-1975, pg.20)

Today, the Student Center includes several offices and meeting spaces, a fireplace, a post office, movie theater, recreational area, food service areas, multipurpose rooms, and many other spaces.

Here are a few images of the previous looks of the Rudolph Jones Student Center.




Rudolph Jones Student Center

Rudolph Jones Memorial Scholarship

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Archives and Special Collections

#ChesnuttArchives: NC Department of Cultural Resources is Seeking a Diverse Workforce (8.27.2014)

Diverse Workforce - NC Dept of Cultural Resources - Chesnutt Library @ FSU (8.27.2014)

Interested in becoming a librarian, historic interpreter, artist, museum educator, archivist, historic site manager, archaeologist, or historic preservation specialist?

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has several divisions that include careers focusing on providing arts and culture across the state through organizations such as the North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Symphony, State Library of North Carolina, North Carolina Arts Council, State Historic Sites, and the State Archives.

The list of possible places to work includes various locations throughout the state of North Carolina. Here in Fayetteville, North Carolina we have the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex which is a history museum that interprets the history of southeastern North Carolina and the Cape Fear region. On the property of the museum is the Poe House, built in 1897 as a Victorian style home, and the Arsenal Park which was constructed to serve as a defensive structure after the war of 1812.

There are several videos on the YouTube channel ncculture that have been created and posted by various North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources employees describing their jobs. Below is a short video of the Youth Services Consultant at the State Library of North Carolina providing insight of her job duties.

If you are interested in learning more about the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, please visit their website or use the libraries database NC LIVE.

On NCLIVE website select Everything NC! tab, and scroll to NCPedia which is an online encyclopedia that has entries for many things about North Carolina including the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Sources: N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

Contact: Amber Covington   |   Archives Assistant   |   Chesnutt Library