Digital Smith

Digital Smith provides online access to over 8,000 digital objects created by the staff of the James B. Duke Memorial Library. Objects include photographs, manuscripts, letters, notes, and audio from many of the collections housed in the Inez Moore Parker Archives and also educational modules from our Information Literacy initiative.

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A. O. and Dorothy Steele Collection

The A. O. & Dorothy Steele Collection is replete with photographs, correspondence, monographs, personal notes, and other ephemera illustrating middle class African Americans in the Fletcher and Steele families from the late 1800s until the mid 1990s.

Audio Collection The Audio Collection consists of digitized recordings of events that occurred on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University during the late 1930s and into the mid 1940s. Highlights include recordings by the Biddle Quintet, President H. L. McCrorey's appearance on the radio program "Wings Over Jordan," the funeral service of Mrs. McCrorey, and an interview with football players before a game against Virginia Tech University in 1940. This project was enabled by a digitization grant from NCECHO.
James Egert Allen Collection The Board of Trustees Collection currently consists of information regarding board member James Egert Allen. Highlights include his work with the YMCA, letters regarding alumni events at the university, and his memoir that recounts his time spent at Johnson C. Smith University.
History of JCSU The History of Johnson C. Smith University Collection is made up of original letters, speeches, pamphlets, news articles, books, and other documents related to the founding of Johnson C. Smith University. It includes information on the founders and historic properties on and around campus.
Instructional Modules Instructional Modules have been created through an Information Literacy Initiative supported by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Modules include Using the Library Catalog, Using Google Scholar, and Navigating Moodle.
JCSU Publications Collection The JCSU Publications collection spans from the early 1900s to the mid 1980s. Publications include the Argus, Biddle Outlook, Johnson C. Smith University Bulletin, University Student News, and the JCSU Newsletter.
Photograph Collection The Photograph Collection consists of over 1700 photographs portraying life at JCSU from its early days as Biddle University through the 1990s. Highlights include athletics, campus buildings, student activities, and former school presidents.
Presbyterian Collection The Presbyterian Collection provides information regarding the connection between Johnson C. Smith University and regional Presbyterian Churches. It includes church bulletins, correspondence, church histories, and information regarding the Synod of Catawba.
President H. L. McCrorey Collection The President H. L. McCrorey Collection contains correspondence, photographs, personal notes, and other ephemera surrounding the life and family of Dr. McCrorey. Highlights include speeches and prayers made by Dr. McCrorey, personal letters from his daughters Novella McCrorey Flannagan and Muriel McCrorey, and dedications of the McCrorey Theological Seminary and McCrorey YMCA in Charlotte, NC.
Theological Seminary The Theological Seminary Collection consists of JCSU Theological Seminary newsletters, annual reports and administrative correspondence from the early 1900s to the seminary's move to Atlanta in 1969.


Access to the digital materials from the Inez Moore Parker Archives has been created for educational, research and personal use as described by the Fair Use Doctrine in the U.S. Copyright law. To secure permission for any other uses, please contact the University Archivist.

For more information about Digital Smith, please contact the Digitization Librarian.

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