Recorder, other documents going digital at WFU
wire report
November 29, 2010

Recorder, other documents going digital at WFU

Recorder, other documents going digital at WFU
wire report
November 29, 2010

In ongoing cooperation with

the Biblical Recorder and other religious organizations, the North Carolina

religious archives are being completely digitized at Wake Forest University in


With the help of a $75,000

grant, religious scholars and historians will soon gain easier access to the

complete archives of the Biblical Recorder, which is the most requested item in

the university’s Reynolds Library archives.

The newspaper has been

published continuously since 1833, and Wake Forest has the most extensive

collection of the publication outside of the Recorder offices.

“It’s an important research

tool not only for documentation of North Carolina Baptist history but North

Carolina cultural history,” said Megan Mulder, special collections librarian.

“It’s very valuable to church historians, genealogists and anyone interested in

the history of North Carolina.”

The digitization project is

being funded by the North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online’s (NC

Echo) Digitization Program.

Other significant historical

records will also be digitized in the near future. Wake Forest also received a

second NC Echo grant for planning associated with the digitization of other

collections of North Carolina religious material. Partners in the project

include Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

“This grant will allow us to

determine the priorities for digitization. There’s a lot of material out there,

and we want to assess which ones are most important for researchers,” Mulder


Candidates for digitization include monographs, association minutes and

church records.

“Our North Carolina Baptist

collection is very extensive,” she said.