Laupus Library will be hosting an opening reception on April 29 2pm-4pm at the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library to celebrate the new online discoverability of the manuscript collections of the Laupus Library and Country Doctor Museum.
This project is the result of a collaboration with Joyner Library, who received an LSTA grant to add new accessibility to the collections at Laupus and CDM.
The exhibit will be up from April 29-June 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 2016
2pm-4pm at the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library
The focus of the project has been to convert the collection guides formerly only available locally in Word and Excel into online format and to digitize over 200 items for access worldwide.
People will learn about the history of medicine in North Carolina through viewing unique materials housed at Laupus Library as part of the exhibit. They will also be able to view finding aids for all of the archival collections from Laupus Library and at Country Doctor Museum through the use of laptops and iPads provided at the opening reception. The finding aids will be findable through the libraries’ websites as well.
About the Exhibition:
The exhibit will highlight several country doctors from eastern North Carolina beginning in the mid-19th century, along with a father-son who owned and operated a pharmacy in Stantonsburg. A variety of papers and artifacts will highlight the development of medicine. Some of the items included are a Civil War-era amputation kit, ledger with non-monetary payments, handwritten botanical medicine recipes, and homeopathic chest. The exhibit will explore who country doctors were, what they did, where they lived, how they were education, etc. using the doctors highlighted on the exhibit graphic.
This project is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
For more information contact Ashley Williams at WILLIAMSASH14@ECU.EDU