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How You Can Help Our North Carolina Collection

The North Carolina Collection is developing a comprehensive collection of printed and non-print material reflecting the people, history, and culture of Eastern North Carolina--materials that facilitate research by students and faculty of East Carolina University, assist school teachers in enhancing the quality of history classes, and enable the citizens of the region to learn about their past. This material is carefully preserved, cataloged, and made accessible  for study and research.

Friends throughout North Carolina and beyond can assist us in accomplishing this mission by making our staff aware of both current and out-of-print materials of statewide significance or that relate in some way to the counties east of Interstate 95. We seek the following types of materials, among others:

  • church histories
  • local histories
  • school catalogs or bulletins
  • business publications
  • city directories
  • telephone directories
  • biographies or autobiographies
  • abstracts of county records
  • published family histories of high quality
  • published municipal or county documents
  • significant publications (histories, for example) of civic groups
  • early state documents
  • premium lists or other publications of local fairs
  • early broadsides
  • maps

Individuals or groups are urged to provide copies of their current publications so that the information will be available for research and preserved for posterity.

Wiggins Endowment

Minnie Marguerite Wiggins (1925-1999), North Carolina Librarian from 1968 until 1991, established the Minnie Marguerite Wiggins Endowment Fund for the purchase of books for the North Carolina Collection. Interest from this endowment furthers our goal of developing a comprehensive collection of library materials pertaining to Eastern North Carolina and it people.

For further information, contact:

John Lawrence, North Carolina Librarian
North Carolina Collection
J.Y. Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina 27858
lawrencej@ecu.edu