An addition to the Heck-Williams Building was out of the question,
and West said that the lesser-used books might have to be placed in
dead storage unless greater accommodation could be provided. For
relief an upper-stack level was squeezed in, and that was almost filled
before the move to Winston-Salem.
Moving the library was, of course, a tremendous undertaking.
Books could not simply be moved in random fashion. A plan had to
be drawn up, including charts showing where each box would be
placed in the new facility. Minnie Kallam, who began a long
association with the library staff in 1948, later discussed the move.
She said that West "had written detailed instructions, made countless
drawings and charts, tamped his pipe, and revised them as changes in
the location of books and even personnel became necessary." Among
the sturdiest containers for transporting books were empty whisky
cartons, and many of these were supplied by area ABC stores. That
association gave rise to a widely reported rumor that Wake Forest was
"moving its liquor to Winston-Salem by the truckload."
On the Reynolda campus the library staff found itself in a new and
spacious building capable, in theory, of holding about six times the
120,000 volumes brought to Winston-Salem. An immediate doubling
of the staff was necessary to operate a square footage about twenty
times the five-thousand square feet of the old HeckWilliams Building.
Actually only a part of the new facility was available for library
purposes, because into makeshift quarters in the building were
crammed the departments of English, history, political science,
classical languages, modern languages, and the college theater. Most
of these moved out in the fall of 1963 upon completion of the
classroom building later named for Dr. Tribble, but the theater
remained in place on the eighth level of the library for many years
afterward, staging excellent performances in quarters never meant for
The handsome new library, appropriately named for Z. Smith
Reynolds, was dedicated on October 12, 1956, as part of the com-
posite dedicatory services for the Reynolda campus recounted in
Chapter VII. On May 8, 1964, a portrait of Smith Reynolds by
Winston-Salem artist Joseph King was unveiled in a special ceremony
in the library building. The portrait overlooks the main reading room
on the fourth level.
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