The Daily Reflector Image Collection took more than a year to complete. The resources below document some of the behind-the-scenes work that went into creating the digital images and the online collection.
The Seeds of Change project began to take shape in 2005, when the Manuscript Curator at Joyner Library, Dale Sauter, determined that The Daily Reflector Negative Collection, a donated collection of photographic negatives documenting the history of Greenville's local newspaper, had significant historical value. Staff and faculty had spent several years processing the finding aid and ensuring the images were maintained in archival-quality sleeves and boxes. Digitizing at least a portion of the nearly 85,000 negatives and making them available through Joyner Library Digital Collections would grant wide and lasting access to the collection. In August 2006, the Digital Editorial Board at Joyner Library recommended further development of the project and formed a planning committee, and the Manuscript Curator, who took on the role of Project Director, discussed the project with state library staff. A grant proposal was accepted by the NC ECHO LSTA Digitization Grant Program and the project was begun in July 2008.
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Seeds of Change: The Daily Reflector Image Collection presents 7,500 digitized images from the history of The Daily Reflector, Greenville, North Carolina's daily newspaper. These original negatives these images were scanned from are part of the East Carolina Manuscript Collections at J.Y. Joyner Library of East Carolina University. The images are freely available through this site for private research, study and educational uses.
Each image has been cataloged and described by library staff. These images may be found by using the search box in the top right corner of the site or browsing through the items: by "theme", by date using the timeline, and by subject. In addition, several maps of Greenville and Pitt County have been scanned and are included to give you a sense of the changing landscape during the period of history represented in the collection (1949 to 1967).
Other pages on the site offer information about the history of Greenville and Pitt County and the Daily Reflector itself, and contact information for librarians who can assist you with questions about these resources. Information for educator's who wish to use the site in the classroom will be added in 2010.