Grand Opening of Archives and Special
Collections Room June 3
Northeast Alabama Community College is pleased to announce the
grand opening of the Archives and Special Collections Division
of the Cecil B. Word Learning Resources Center on June 3, 2014,
at 10 a.m. The Special Collections Division features resources
important to the cultural history of DeKalb and Jackson counties
and the Northeast Alabama region.
“Our region has a very unique history,” stated Dr. David
Campbell, NACC President. “We want to preserve and highlight
this history with the resources in this collection. Dr. Julia
Everett (LRC Director) and Mr. Blake Wilhelm (Archivist) have
done a great job in getting this facility established and
Recently renovated, the Archives and Special Collections room
houses numerous books, and equipment useful to researchers,
including microfilm rolls, three computers, a printer, a
microfilm reader, and more. Electronic resources will soon be
available online through Alabama Mosaic.
Many of the books were from the personal collection of Mrs. Gail
Tate King. King, who passed away in 2012, was an accomplished
archaeologist and an instructor at Northwest Shoals Community
College whose specialty was Native Americans, particularly the
Cherokees and the Trail of Tears. King was an active member of
the Alabama Trail of Tears Association.
“It is significant that our first major collection in the
Special Collections Division would pertain to the Trail of
Tears,” Wilhelm said. “This event is very important in our local
history and parts of the original Trail of Tears passed in our
area.” Wilhelm anticipates researchers from throughout the
Southeast and nation coming to Northeast to go through the Trail
of Tears resources.
Campbell noted that the entire Special Collections project at
Northeast began when local members of the Trail of Tears
Committee approached him about housing a collection of materials
pertaining to the event at Northeast. He in particular thanked
Olivia Cox of Fort Payne for initiating this discussion. “We are
excited about the great possibilities the Special Collections
Division provides,” Campbell said. “Our heritage is laced with
many great Appalachian traditions that are unusual for the state
of Alabama. It is always a thrill to help people find their
cultural identity and we are very hopeful that the Special
Collections Division will lead to that.”
Also on display that day will be Native American artifacts from
the private collection of Larry Benefield. Wilhelm noted that
Benefield’s generosity in loaning NACC the artifacts are an
example of the collaboration he, Dr. Everett, and Dr. Campbell
envisioned when creating the Archives and Special Collections
The Special Collection materials also include a copy of the
original court appeal transcripts for the Scottsboro Boys Trial,
presented by former NACC Dean John Paul Campbell.
The transcripts bring to life the trial that has been identified
as one of the most important ones in American history.
Wilhelm said, “I hope that the Archives and Special Collections
Division will serve as a valuable resource for K-12 teachers,
community organizations, and researchers from both inside and
outside the local area.”
The public is cordially invited to attend this grand opening.
For more information about the event, contact Wilhelm by email
at email@example.com or
by phone at ext. 2288.
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Dr. Julia Everett,
Director of the LRC at NACC, and Blake Wilhelm, LRC
Archivist, examine two of the many artifacts that will
be on display at the June 3 grand opening.