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About the Project

New South Voices is a project of the Department of Special Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Originally created circa 2003, the website was overhauled in 2012 and re-introduced in 2013. All interview transcripts on the site were transferred to the new site. Many transcripts on the original site were accompanied by audio recordings, and these recordings are being added individually as quality is checked on each one. We urge you to contact us if you discover any errors on the site or if you would like to request the upload of a particular audio file.
The project was originally supported in part with federal LSTA funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. It was developed further as part of North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, a collaboration providing access to special collections throughout the state.

Project Staff and Community Partners

New South Voices was realized through the work of a dedicated corps of students, faculty, staff, and community partners: 

Original Site

The New South Voices web site was developed by Pat Ryckman, Reference Archivist for Special Collections, who served as the initial project manager.  Computer Science graduate student Aditya Vashisht  was responsible for the site design and served as a consultant in the initial period.  From 2005 until 2011 Katie McCormick, Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections, continued development and management of the site.
Stephen Westman, Digital Information Services Librarian, provided application design and programming for New South Voices until 2012.  Brad Spry and Wade Dean (Atkins Library Systems) provided system support.

The following Computer Science students worked on versions of the original web site either as graduate students or as part of their Computer Science Senior Projects:
Allison Pittman, Johathan Champ,  Niraj Bista, Robin Brandt, Don Callahan, Kavita Desai, Carlton Hoover, Divyesh Jambusaria, Bryan Klimasewiski, and Ronak Mehta.

The following students contributed to the project by transcribing, editing, tagging, copying and digitizing the interviews:
Kelvin Allen, Adele Barnes, Breona Barr, Krystal Blanton, Robin Bouchez, Kevin Cohen, Jessica Colopy, Christina Davis, Melinda Demarais, Mike Drum, Connie Forlidas, Ruth Faye Griffin, Russell Henderson, Abby Hilliard, Brittany Johnson, Meghan Kaylor, Walter Knox, Erica Long, Rashmi Nayak, Misty Penry, Lisa Posner, Joanne Shand, Allison Sinclair, Tamara Turner, and Laurie Wright.

Current Site

The original New South Voices web site was overhauled in 2012 by Brad Spry, Library Web Master, and Dawn Schmitz, Digital Programs Archivist, with assistance from Computer Science student Ashwin Vakiti, and Special Collection Staff members, Julie Henry, Robin Drake and Christina Wright.
Dawn Schmitz is the current manager of New South Voices.

The following students are working on transcribing new interviews which are being uploaded to New South Voices:
Jabari Bradford, Leonardo Andres Garcia.
Our Partners

These individuals provided invaluable assistance to the New South Voices Project:
  • Lenora Stein, Carolina Agency for Jewish Education
  • June Blotnick, Cultivating Common Ground
  • Jean Johnson and Ryan Sumner, Levine Museum of the New South
  • Gabriel Cumming, Perspectives on Land
  • Dr. Boyd Davis and Lisa Russell-Pinson, Project MORE
  • Sam Eneman, Video consultant
  • Dr. David Goldfield, UNC Charlotte History Department
  • Dr. Karen Flint, UNC Charlotte History Department
  • Dr. Rob Smith, UNC Charlotte Africana Studies Department
  • Lois Stickell and Bridget Sanders, UNC Charlotte Atkins Library 
New South Voices is proud to partner with the following organizations:

Copyright Statement

The materials included on this web site are freely available for private study, scholarship or non-commercial research under the fair use provisions of the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code). Any use beyond the provisions of fair use, including but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication, broadcast, redistribution or mounting on another web site always require prior written permission and may also be subject to additional restrictions and fees.
UNC Charlotte does not hold literary rights to all materials in its collections and the researcher is responsible for securing those rights when needed.  Copyright information for specific collections is available upon request.

Preferred Citation

Please cite materials used from this website, and include the name of the collection, followed by Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.