Double take! But who’s the celebrity?!
Many of you can probably guess the name of the dapper, soulful English balladeer. But do you know the name of the gent on the left?
North Carolina archivist and historian Albert Ray Newsome was a rock star in his own right. Newsome graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1915 at the top of his class. Following graduate work he joined the History faculty at UNC and later became the Secretary of the North Carolina Historical Commission (which eventually became the Office of Archives and History). Newsome would later be involved in establishing the Society of American Archivists and became the organization’s first president, serving from 1936 to 1939. He served at the national level in archivist and historical associations, wrote, researched and published widely on North Carolina history and collections, and eventually returned to UNC where he finished his career as a beloved chair and professor in the Department of History.
—Kelly Agan, NCpedia Digital Media Librarian