The Project

Since its launch in 2010 the Student Leadership Initiative has sought ways in which to more fully connect users with university history, enrich university archives by adding personal narratives, demonstrate the breadth and depth of leaders produced by NC State University, and positively impact learning and research in the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center. This multi-year program has chronicled the experiences and impact of former student leaders through the collection of video oral histories, biographical essays and digitized images. Through these interviews the larger tapestry of college life at NC State has begun to emerge. Please take some time to explore excerpts from our interviews. We hope that these rich tales of the student experience and of the events and people that have shaped the university will be an invaluable resource for alumni, researchers, and students.


NCSU Libraries Special Collection Research Center holds research and primary resource materials. Our holdings reflect the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, and researchers on the NC State campus. Below please find resources for further research.

  • Guide to the Student Leaders Oral Histories 

    This collection guide details all oral histories gathered as part of the Student Leadership Initiative, a project undertaken by the Special Collections Research Center to chronicle the experiences and impact of former North Carolina State University students.

  • NCSU Libraries' Digital Collections 

    The NCSU Libraries' Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials serves as a gateway to tens of thousands of images, text, and digital media from its rich holdings. From the history of NC State to the history of North Carolina's built environment, digital collections provide network access to these important collections.

  • Historical State 

    Historical State is your portal to NC State history. Historical State is a great place to learn about NC State or to start your research on a university history topic. Search for information on events and activities that have occurred in the past at NC State, the development of student life, the colleges, and the academic departments, or access historic photos, course catalogs, and online exhibits.

  • Oral history collections at NCSU Libraries 

    Explore all oral history collections held by NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center here.

  • Special Collections Research Center 

    The Special Collections Research Center holds research and primary resource materials. The strength and focus of our collections are in areas that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, and researchers on the NC State Campus. Explore the Special Collections Research Center’s holdings here.


NCSU Libraries would like to thank all of the participants who contributed their time and stories to this project. For a complete list of participants please see the Student Leaders Collection Guide (MC 00401).


The Student Leadership Initiative web resource is a product of the NCSU Libraries, collaboratively developed by staff in the Special Collections Research Center, Digital Library Initiatives, and External Relations.

The individuals listed below contributed to the conceptualizing, designing, building, and maintaining, of the Student Leadership Initiative web resource.


  • Todd Kosmerick (Project Manager)
  • Genya O'Gara (previous Project Manager)
  • Jason Ronallo (Lead Developer)
  • Chuck Samuels (Design Lead)
  • Brian Dietz (Project Team)
  • Jonathan Holloway (Project Team)
  • Samantha Rich (Content contributor)
  • Kelly Murray (Content contributor)
  • Christopher Weeg (Content contributor)


Phone number 919.515.2273
Email library_specialcollections@ncsu.edu
Web Form Contact the SCRC via our form.


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