Thousands of images, texts, and audio/video from ECU's diverse collections and beyond.

Our Collections

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    Materials related to noted North Carolina-born poet and educator A.R. [Archie Randolph] Ammons.

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    This collection traces the history and culture of African Americans particularly in the Eastern North Carolina region. The collection highlights African American groups on campus, the civil rights movement, the African American laborers' role in the Southern economy, and the African American community. The items in this collection are drawn together from across library's holdings to form a broad cross-section of items in this topic.

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    Tobacco

    Agriculture was the backbone of the southern economy. This collection draws materials from across the library's holdings to examine the role of agriculture, particularly in Eastern North Carolina. Tobacco, cotton, animal husbandry, farm equipment, agricultural organizations like 4-h, and the business side of agriculture are all explored in this collection.

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    Music
    Medicine

    Alice Person, known during her life as Mrs. Joe Person, was a woman ahead of her time.

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    The Architecture collection brings together images related to the built environment showing architectural styles of different periods. Architectural styles present in Eastern North Carolina are predominant.

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    The documents presented here illustrate these changing ideas about preserving Bath's colonial history over the past century and more.

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    Sears Historical Dental Collection

    The Country Doctor Museum is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America's rural health care. It was created in 1967 by a group of energetic women from North Carolina, whose initial interest was to build a lasting memorial for rural physicians. Over the decades, the Museum's collection grew to over 5,000 medical artifacts and many volumes of historic texts gathered from across the nation. The interpretive range also expanded from rural doctors to include topics such as nursing, pharmaceuticals, and home remedies.

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    John Lawson, Naturalist

    First-hand accounts, illustrations, charts and maps and other pieces of cultural heritage that document American history prior to the Civil War. From the European Age of Exploration, through the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Antebellum eras, this collection explores the underpinnings of our modern Republic.

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    Scenic vistas and important landmarks in Eastern North Carolina are documented in this collection of postcards. Postcards from across the region are represented and document central business districts, tourist destinations, prominent architecture and natural landscapes.

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    Under the motto “Truth in Preference to Fiction,” Julian R. Whichard and David Jordan Whichard began publishing The Eastern Reflector, in Greenville, North Carolina, on January 26, 1882. The Whichard brothers had previously worked for the owners of The Greenville Express, from whom they purchased their press.

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    Administration
    Athletics
    Buildings
    Celebrations
    ECC
    ECTC
    ECTTS
    Faculty
    Groups
    Notable Alumni
    Yearbooks

    The ECU history collection documents our University as it grows and changes: from early documents of the East Carolina Teachers Training School to more recent materials that document the life, culture, academic environment and ongoing evolution of East Carolina University.

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    Images documenting education including classroom teaching, vocational training, extracurricular activites, and the building of local school facilities.

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    Dwight M. Holland Ceramics Collection

    Images of arts and artists, performances both professional and amateur, sheet music and screenplays are all collected here.

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    The collection draws together items related to the history of medical care, either depicting medical or health-related activities or information. Greenville's particular ties to the health and medical industries are also chronicled through clinics, hospitals, physicians and nurses.

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    Digitized material from the Historic Hope Plantation. Located four miles west of Windsor, NC, the plantation complex offers unique insights into the late 18th- and 19th-century rural life in eastern North Carolina and the South.

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    Interviews with members of the Latino community of Eastern North Carolina who occupy positions ranging from formally recognized leadership to informal influence in the lives of Latino youth.

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    Blotter Paper Advertising Collection
    Historic Microscope Collection
    Hospital Postcards Collection
    Medical Catalogs
    Patent Medicine Trade Cards
    Stereoscopic Skin Clinic Collection

    The History Collections of the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library focuses on materials relevant to the history of health care. Collections include historical materials from medicine, nursing, the allied health sciences, dentistry, pharmacology, public health, and domestic health. Materials of worldwide interest dating from the sixteenth century into the twenty-first century are already part of this growing collection. Primary care practices in eastern North Carolina are a focus of the History Collections. Read More

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    The Manufacturing and Business collection focuses on industrialized labor, particularly the life and work of people and organizations involved. The collection documents the rise of women in the workforce, the use of advertising and promotions in consumer culture, and the move from agriculture to industry in Eastern North Carolina.

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    Air Force
    Army
    Civil War
    Coast Guard
    Korean War
    Marines
    Mexican War
    Navy
    Vietnam War
    World War I
    World War II

    A major focus of the Library's collections has been the preservation of papers of individuals who served in the armed forces. This digital collection includes letters, diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks of enlisted men and officers who participated in the global struggles that affected our nation and the periods of peace between these conflicts.

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    With many of the technological advances of the 20th century came locally supported public works. This collection documents the rise of municipal infrastructure.

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    In recent years the East Carolina Manuscript Collection has become a leading academic repository for the preservation of materials pertaining to the U.S. Navy, maritime studies and naval collections from 1826 to the present. This digital collection includes records of shipbuilding firms located in North Carolina and other states, documents related to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and materials pertaining to maritime transportation in general.

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    Artifacts
    Books
    Maps

    Materials selected from the North Carolina Collection and the Snow L. and B.W. Roberts Collection of over 1,100 works set in North Carolina dating from 1734.

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    Maps documenting North Carolina’s counties, cities and towns, roads, historic events and natural features are gathered here. The maps range in date from the 15th Century to the 20th.

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    A wide variety of beautiful, significant, rare and revealing items from Joyner Library’s Special Collections holdings highlighting the first 250 years in the history of Pitt County. Includes manuscripts, photographs, architectural drawings, maps, printed materials, and other items.

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    North Carolina Politics

    This digital collection documents ECU's holdings related to noted political figures, local government and political activities. Of particular note are our images documenting the visit of President John F. Kennedy to Greenville in the 1960s and images from the papers of United States Senator Robert Morgan.

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    Holidays and Celebrations
    Natural Disasters

    Events both great and small are documented here. Parades, disasters, expositions, fairs, political rallies, and more, this collection pulls together materials documenting these shared experiences.

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    Robert C. Caldwell was a private soldier from Cabarrus County, NC, who served in Company C., 10th Battalion, North Carolina Heavy Artillery during the Civil War. This collection includes 57 letters mainly from Robert to Mag, his wife, written in New Bern, Wilmington, Savannah, Branchville, SC and Kinston (1861-1865). Other documents related to Caldwell's life are included, such as his war record written in his own hand, his signed oath of allegiance to the Union, and a bill of sale for a slave named Jack dated 14 January 1854.

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    The Social and Family Life collection documents the personal lives of the individuals represented in all of our collections. Personal photos, letters, and postcards, are interspersed with images documenting family and community life in Eastern North Carolina.

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    Centennial Oral History Collection

    These recorded interviews feature military officers and personnel, missionaries, North Carolina leaders and politicians, teachers and tobacconists. Often, individuals who donate their personal papers also participate in the oral history program, supplementing the East Carolina Manuscript Collection and allowing researchers to access not only papers and documents, but also personal recollections and reminiscences.

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    Each week, staff from the Special Collections division of Joyner Library choose an item to highlight from their collections. These items represent the diversity of materials and topics found in our holdings. They also highlight the treasures, oddities, and rarities of our library's materials.

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    Mattamuskeet
    Unplugged

    The following images are of two projects which are used to stimulate the thinking of interior design students about sustainable design.

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    Seeds of Change: Evolution of Post-War Eastern North Carolina contains images from a collection of photographic negatives donated to Joyner Library from the Daily Reflector, a Greenville, North Carolina-based newspaper. This collection contains images taken by the Daily Reflector between 1947 and 1967 that represent trends and changes that impacted the social and economic fabric of the eastern region of North Carolina during this period of major change.

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    Digitized material from the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. The museum was started by a group of local families who had pride in their past and a strong volunteer spirit. Having seen the way of life of their parents and grandparents becoming obsolete, these families wanted to preserve this personal and special history of the Eastern North Carolina flue-cured tobacco farm family for future generations.

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    Air
    Auto
    Rail
    Water

    The Transportation collection documents the growth of transportation, particularly automotive, rail, and maritime. The associated topics of road construction, oil and gasoline, and traffic safety are also represented.

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    Documenting the role women have played in history, the Women’s History Collection contains primary sources related to social conditions, women’s role in the workplace and cultural perceptions of gender, particularly in North Carolina.