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Funds and Endowments

The J.Y. Joyner Library Funds are aimed at addressing the growing needs and challenges as our collections and services continue to expand, meeting demands from the University as an emerging academic research institution. The goal of the funds, each different in their capacities, is to create a permanent financial base for the future. These funds also provide further funding to existing needs which in return will serve as a lasting contribution for resource and service enhancement, collection advancement, development, special projects and capital projects.

As we achieve a comprehensive level of excellence, the Joyner Library Funds will help position our library to be more adapt at handling growth and expansion. By creating permanent funding, the funds will contribute significantly to enhancing the overall quality of our services, programs and resources, allowing the library to stand pace with increased demand from patrons. This added financial resource will also help further our commitment to fully supporting the mission of the University and service to the region and state.

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Full Endowment List

Joyner Library Priority Fund

This fund gives the Director of Academic Library Services the ability to enhance the library with inspiring learning spaces, to celebrate student and faculty success, and to share collections with the community through exhibits and special events. Gifts to this fund have contributed to the purchase of technology, art, public programs, and awards to honor research and scholarship. You may designate your gift to the Joyner Library Priority Fund with a focused intent or as an unrestricted gift to be used for the Director's priorities.

George C. Smith Library Enrichment Fund

Established in November 1986 in the memory of George C. Smith by his wife Rebecca McCulloch Smith and son John Randolph Smith, this fund is available to the Director of Academic Library Services to meet needs not provided for by State appropriations.

Teaching Resources Center Fund

Established in 2014, this fund provides materials, equipment, furnishings, student employees, and infrastructure upgrades that enhance the individual and group student learning experience within the Teaching Resources Center.

Library Development Fund

Established in 1998, this fund provides support for the Joyner Library fundraising program.

Preservation and Conservation Fund

The preservation and conservation fund was established in 1998 to provide equipment, tools, and materials to ensure that library collections are available for the education and scholarship of present and future generations of the Pirate Nation. Joyner Library has an outstanding conservation laboratory where highly skilled technicians conserve books, documents, works of art on paper, and photographs. This fund can also be used for outsourcing more complex conservation projects to experts in the field. We seek to elevate this fund to an endowment to build a sustainable revenue source for the preservation of all library collections. You can leave a legacy of literature, scholarship, and knowledge for ECU students and faculty, and the people of eastern North Carolina, with the gift of preservation.

Donald R. Lennon University Archives Endowment

The University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available the official records of East Carolina University and the papers of ECU faculty and material reflecting student life throughout the university's history. The Donald R. Lennon University Archives Endowment is named in honor of the former Director of the East Carolina Manuscript Collection and Coordinator of Special Collections who played a key role in establishing the University Archives. This endowment improves access and preservation of University Archives collections.

Friends of Joyner Library Endowment

The Friends of Joyner Library was established to foster the role of Joyner Library as a university and global resource. The Friends of Joyner Library Endowment funds programs focused on raising awareness of the library's resources and support fundraising activities for collection development, facility upgrades, and special programs. Interest from the corpus is deposited into the Friends of Joyner Library operating budget.

Verona Langford Endowment

This endowment was established in October of 2000 by Verona Lee Joyner Langford and Fred Timms Langford for the purchase of books, publications, equipment, and furnishings which supplement education and research.

Herrin Endowment

Established in June of 2000 by Virginia Herrin, this is a discretionary endowment to be used toward the purchase of research materials.

Music Library Fund

The Music Library, located in the A. J. Fletcher Music Center, is a gem in the Pirate Treasure Chest. It is the largest music library collection east of Raleigh and one of the best in the nation. In addition to serving the students and faculty in the ECU School of Music and School of Theater and Dane, the Music Library has grown into a haven for music lovers, musicians, and music educators from every county in eastern North Carolina. The collection includes recorded sound, videos, music scores, books, journals, microforms, and computer software on every musical style and genre from classical to rock to reggae.

Minnie Marguerite Wiggins Endowment

Established in May of 2001 by Minnie Marguerite Wiggins, this endowment is to be used solely for purchasing books for the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection.

Ronnie Barnes African-American Resource Center Endowment

Established in March 2002 by Ronnie Barnes to collect materials about the legacy and future of blacks in eastern North Carolina and the southeast, the main purchases include books and journals to be made available for students to learn about the African-American experience.

Special Manuscripts Fund

Established by the Friends of the East Carolina Manuscript Collection in 1970, these funds are used to support projects for the East Carolina Manuscript Collection.

Professor Bodo Nischan Manuscript Endowment

Established in August 2002 by Mrs. Gerda Nischan in memory of her husband Professor Bodo Nischan, this endowment supports the purchase of materials for the Joyner Library Manuscript Collection in Special Collections.

Sara Batten Endowment

Established in 1995 by Dr. James W. Batten for his wife Sarah, this endowment is designed to provide monetary support with primary emphasis on the acquisition and cataloging of historical documents and archival research materials in the East Carolina Manuscript Collection and the University Archives.

Naval History Endowment

Designed to support acquisition and preservation of naval history materials for the East Carolina Manuscript Collection, the Naval History Endowment was established in 1996 by The U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941.

SPA Scholarship Fund

Established in August of 2000, this fund provides scholarships for Joyner Library SPA employees pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in any discipline. Masters in Library Science programs must be accredited by the American Library Association.