The East Carolina Manuscript Collection includes materials related to North Carolina, the tobacco industry, worldwide missionary activities, and American military history, especially naval and maritime history. Currently the Collection is considered one of the leading repositories in the nation for modern naval and maritime history. Letters, diaries, photographs, financial and legal records, genealogical notes, reports, speeches, oral histories and other unpublished materials covering the period from before 1800 to the present provide a wealth of primary source materials for a vast array of research topics.
The University Archives preserves, and makes accessible historical records concerning all aspects of East Carolina University’s past. University Archives serves the university community by acting as a final, central repository for items related to the administrative, academic, legal, fiscal, social, and cultural interactions of the individuals, departments, and programs present on campus since 1907.
The J. Edgar Hoover Collection on International Communism reflects the history of communism worldwide. It includes titles pertaining to pro-communist and anti-communist organizations. The addition of a wealth of radical literature has broadened and strengthened the holdings.
The Rare Book Collection has concentrated on acquiring atlases, travel accounts and North Carolina imprints, as well as works pertaining to American education, coastal studies, slavery and plantation life in the American South and maritime, military and naval history.
The James H. and Virginia C. Schlobin Literature of the Fantastic Collection includes published science fiction and fantasy literature and materials related to the study of these genres. The collection presently consists of more than 2,500 printed volumes.
In 2010, Joyner Library acquired a substantial portion of the literary collection of Stuart Wright, a bibliographer and collector whose work focused on some of the most important American writers of the twentieth century. The initial collection includes some 3,000 printed works.