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Archives & Special Collections: Working in the Past

Working in the Past: Historical Context and Significance Project

Following an orientation session at the Pearsall Library, you will

1.      Select an item (an “artifact”) that is at least 20 years old and that you might be interested in researching.

2.      Write a 1-2 page proposal in which you describe the artifact and explain how you plan to proceed with your research into that artifact.

3.      Research the historical, cultural, and social context in which the artifact originated. Some questions that might guide your research include

  •          Where, how, and by whom was this object produced?
  •          What purpose did it serve when it was first produced?
  •          What does it indicate about the place in which it was produced?
  •          What does it tell about the time that it was produced?
  •           How does it reflect the values, interests, and goals of its author/maker and its user(s)?
  •          What does it reveal about a certain field/profession at the time?
  •          What does it suggest about how things have changed since that time?
  •          Why is this item significant and thus worth preserving and studying?

4.      Write an article about this artifact for inclusion in a journal. This article should be 4-5 pages, include a visual and utilize at least two outside sources.


For this project, you will submit the following items:

 Your article about the item you have chosen, along with all drafts and peer review materials. I will not grade your work if it is not accompanied by all drafts and the feedback you received from your peers.

 Copies of secondary sources (or relevant portions of the sources) that you have cited in your article. These sources should include highlighting that indicates passages you have quoted, paraphrased, or otherwise cited in your argument. I will not grade your work if it is not accompanied by properly highlighted copies of your sources.



Materials from the NC Wesleyan College Archives and Littleton College Collection

NC Wesleyan College Archives


  • The Dissenter, yearbooks 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982
  • The Decree, student newspaper
  • College Catalogs (or “Bulletins) 1960 – 1964, 1968 – 1972, 1981 – 1984
  • Student Handbooks (or “Bishop’s Law”) 1961 – 1969, 1978 – 1986
  • “North Carolina Wesleyan Bulletin” (newsletter) selected issues 1960 – 2004
  • Admissions booklets, 1969, 1983
  • Recording: “With a Voice of Singing,” The Chapel Choir, NC Wesleyan College
  • The Wesleyan Faculty: A Profile, 1988


  • Opening Worship Convocation, September 25, 1960
  • The Inauguration of Thomas Asa Collins, October 1961
  • Commencement, May 1964
  • Founders Day Convocation, 1981, 1984


  • Dedication of Administrative Building, 1961
  • Heart of the 200 acre campus, 1964


  • Social Commission 1964 – 1965
  • Sigma Phi Delta Sorority, 1971


  • The Rocky Mount Story for a Four-Year Co-educational Christian College, 1956

Littleton College Collection


  • The Pansy, yearbooks, 1905, 1906, 1907
  • Catalogues 1882, 1889, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1905, 1912, 1916
  • The Chatterbox, literary magazine, 1908-1910


  • The State magazine, 1972 photograph of Littleton College picnic, 1901
  • Photograph – Graduating Class 1910
  • Dresses worn by Littleton students around 1907-1912
  • Graduation pin of Nettie Gibson, Valedictorian of the Class of 1912
  • Report of the 1956 reunion and picnic

Subject Guide

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Vincent Chip Larkin
NC Wesleyan College