Special Collections holds rare, archival, and reference material. We welcome visitors regardless of their affiliation with ECU. We can help you begin or continue your research. We also offer visits, activities, and tours for classes and community groups.

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Phone: (252) 328-6601

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Our Collections

North Carolina Collection

We hold modern and historical publications related to North Carolina – especially eastern North Carolina. This collection includes state and colonial government documents, county records, maps, rare books, current magazines and periodicals, and historical newspapers.

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University Archives

We are the repository for East Carolina University records – including documents created by ECU’s schools and departments, student groups, faculty members, presidents and chancellors, and administrative offices. We also preserve student publications and material related to ECU sports.

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We collect and preserve unpublished material such as letters, diaries, family photos, oral histories, genealogies, and business records. Our collections are strong in the history of North Carolina and the tobacco industry, American naval, maritime, and missionary history, and 20th-century American literature.

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Rare Books

Our rare book collection contains published works from the 1500s to the present. It features travel accounts, maps, North Carolina imprints, and artists’ books. Subjects covered include the Civil War, naval and maritime history, print history, and science fiction and fantasy.

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Digital Collections

Some Special Collections material has been scanned and is available online in the library’s Digital Collections. Digital Collections also include material from other ECU libraries and museums, as well as digital exhibits on University and local history.

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