accepted a recommendation that the convention pay half the salary of
a trained librarian who would spend half his time working on the
expansion, development, and use of the Baptist Collection. Since the
director would also be a member of the college library staff, Wake
Forest agreed to pay the remainder of his salary.
Accordingly, James M. Nicholson, who held bachelor's and mas-
ter's degrees from Baylor University and a master's degree in library
science from Chapel Hill, was employed in 1961 to supervise the
Baptist Collection. He persuaded the convention and the college to
share the cost of a microfilm camera, and with it he began duplicating
church and associational records. Nicholson moved over to the
regular library staff in the fall of 1963. In 1964 he was succeeded as
director of the Baptist Collection by John R. Woodard, a 1961 grad-
uate of Wake Forest who had been working with the State Department
of Archives and History in Raleigh.
At that time parts of the collection were on four levels of the library
in five different locations. That unwieldy arrangement was corrected
in 1966 when the collection was consolidated in the east wing of the
main (fourth) level of the library. Under Woodard the substance of the
repository was concentrated in four general areas: printed works,
microfilmed and manuscript church and associational records, the
college archives, and personal papers of alumni, pastors, and
missionaries. These resources were widely attractive, providing
historical source material for writers, church historians, students, and
the convention itself.
While the college library was undergoing its spectacular growth,
the libraries of the Law School and the Bowman Gray School of
Medicine were experiencing steady expansion. When the Law School
returned to its accustomed place on the upper floor of the Heck-
Williams Building after World War II, Dean Robert E. Lee employed
A. Elizabeth Holt as law librarian. She was a graduate of Temple
University and had studied library science at Drexel Institute of
Technology. At the beginning of that revival period, the law library
had 14,540 volumes crammed into one room. In the next four years
the facilities were enlarged to include three rooms, and the walls were
removed to achieve a more spacious look. Elizabeth Holt remained
for four years and saw the law holdings grow to 18,9oo volumes,
supplemented by seventy-six periodicals. In that time the two legal
fraternities, Phi Alpha Delta and Phi Delta Phi,
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