Donating to the Special Collections Division
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Special Collections as a Repository

J. Y. Joyner Library's Special Collections Division includes the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, the University Archives, and the Verona Joyner
Langford North Carolina Collection. Like most special collections repositories, we carefully preserve printed, written, visual, and audible material created by people both past and present. We ensure that materials will be available for research for generations to come.

Benefits of a Repository to Patrons

The Special Collections Division is run by professionals whose first priority is the preservation of historical materials. We can discuss with you the historical value of your books and papers, and advise you on which repository would be best for you. In addition, once you donate material, we will continue to work with you as you located or identify other materials to donate. If your personal or family materials are deemed appropriate for inclusion in our collections, we will provide them with environmentally controlled, secure storage and can oversee their proper handling and use. We will also provide research access, both to you and to the scholarly public. Researchers, including students, professors, genealogists, journalists and many others, may find your materials both interesting and of value to their research.

Donations of Papers

Special Collections can only invest materials and labor in the preservation of items that we own. Therefore, we accept individual or family papers only as gifts and not as loans (except in very rare cases and for a strictly limited period of time).

Donation of Printed Book Materials

Special Collections seeks printed books in a number of areas: North Caroliniana, rare books, radical (primarily Communist and anti-Communist) literature and the literature of the fantastic. We ask all donors to sign a donation receipt, when offering materials for donation, and a contract of gift, which formally signifies that the items become the actual property of Special Collections, Joyner Library, after we have reviewed the collection. On occasion materials not within our collecting scope will be housed in other East Carolina collections or treated according to standing policies of the library.

Monetary Donations and Endowments

We are a non-profit organization. Preparing materials for use by researchers is the most expensive operation in a repository. Although never a prerequisite for acceptance of a collection, we encourage donors to assist us by making monetary donations toward the arrangement, cataloging, and conservation of their gifts. Donors have in the past established endowment funds to help with the financial support of Special Collections. These endowments include the Roger Schlobin Endowment, the Sara S. Batten Endowment Fund, the O. W. "Sonny" Martin, Jr. Coast Guard Auxiliary Records Support Endowment Fund, the Elizabeth P. Crockford Missionary and Church Endowment Fund, the Naval History Resources Endowment Fund, the Manuscript Collection Special Funds, the Donald R. Lennon University Archives Endowment Fund, and the Bodo Nischan Manuscript Endowment Fund. The Minnie Marguerite Wiggins Endowment Fund and the North Carolina Collection Fund support purchases for the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection. The Division uses these funds to acquire collections, support projects and purchase materials not covered through normal budgetary channels. All financial contributions are tax deductible. Please contact the Special Collections Division for additional information. If you wish to make a donation, we can best assist you if you make an appointment in advance. Please call, write or visit:

Kacy Guill
Assistant Director for Special Collections
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department
J. Y. Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone: 252-328-4861
Fax: 252-328-0268

Donations of printed books, maps, pamphlets, and other publications related to North Carolina should be directed to the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection, which is dedicated to documenting the history, development and culture of eastern North Carolina. If you decide that you want to make a donation, please contact:

John R.M. Lawrence
North Carolina Librarian
Verona Joyner Langford
North Carolina Collection
J. Y. Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone: 252-328-4088

Donations are also accepted for the University Archives, which appraises, preserves, and makes accessible historical records concerning all aspects of East Carolina University's past. If you wish to make a donation, please contact:

Arthur Carlson
University Archivist
J. Y. Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-328-6838

The Society of American Archivists ( can also help you contact other repositories.Grateful acknowledgement for permission to borrow from their respective brochures is made to the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan, and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Individuals with disabilities, requesting accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at 252-328-6799 (V) or 252-328-0899 (TTY).


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