Department: University Archives, Records and History
The James E. Shepard Memorial Library University Archives and Records is an important resource for collecting, preserving, interpreting and explaining the history of North Carolina Central University and explaining Twentieth Century African American history through material culture, the built environment, living memories and archival records. The archival area is the repository for documentary, photographic, and other materials of historic value to the college.
NCCU Archival Finding Aids
Guide to African-American Documentary Resources in North Carolina
Society of American Archivists
Society of North Carolina Archivists
The mission of the University Archives and Records is to emerge as a major repository that acquires preserves and make accessible these University records that have permanent historical value. These include the records of major administrative affairs offices, such as the Board of Trustees, the Presidents & Chancellors and the Provost.
The strength and focus of our collections are in the areas that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, and researchers on the North Carolina Central University campus. These resources are housed in one of the four collecting units: Manuscripts, Photographs, Rare Books, and the University Archives.
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(To allow for materials to be pulled and returned to the shelving areas.)
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
University Holidays: CLOSED
NCCU adheres to the UNC-GA Disposition and Retention Schedule. Specific questions may be directed to the University Archives to : The Coordinator of University Archives, Room 118, James E. Shepard Memorial Library, email@example.com
Centennial Unit Histories
Access and Use
NCCU Digital Yearbooks
NCCU Digital Campus Echos
The Dr. Henry Lewis Suggs African and African-American History Collection
Additional Books added to the Dr. Henry Lewis Suggs Book Collection
NC Mutual Donates Archives
North Carolina Mutual Archives
North Carolina Mutual Finding Aid
North Carolina Mutual Finding Aid (PDF version)
The University Archives and Records is open to the public. A number of policies and procedures apply to the use, photocopying, and reproduction of the Archives and Special Collections holdings.
Before Your Visit
The University Archives and Records is located on the first floor (Rooms118-120) of the Historic James E. Shepard Memorial Library. Built in 1950, this three story building with an annex is named for the founder and first president of the university.
If you are planning a research visit to the University Archives, please contact us five business days before you arrive, as many of our collections are being processed and digitized and may be restricted based upon the terms of access.
Rules and Regulations
Patron Registration Form & General Regulations
The James E. Shepard Memorial Library has special rules and regulations governing Special Collections for the students, researchers and the community.
- All patrons entering University Archives and Special Collections are required to register at the front desk with a valid Student ID or other valid I.D.
- All researchers are required to alert the University Archives staff when they leave the research room and to return all requested archival materials.
- Only notepaper, note cards,or materials actually in use are allowed on the work tables in the research room.
- All University Archives and Special Collections materials are non-circulating.
- All book bags, briefcases: large purses, packages, outerwear, and the like must be placed in the lockers located outside the area.
- No food or drink is allowed in the area. Smoking is prohibited.
- Cellular telephones and devices must be used outside the area.
- You may be asked to submit for inspection any briefcase, laptop case, or any other purses, book, notebook or other personal property before leaving the premises.
- SPECIAL COLLECTIONS RESERVE BOOKS ARE TO BE USED WITHIN THE ARCHIVES AREA-THESE BOOKS DO NOT CIRCULATE OUTSIDE THE BUILDING.
E-mail for appointments and research inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions and Map
North Carolina Central University
James E. Shepard Memorial Library
Rm. 120, University Archives and Records
Durham, North Carolina 27707
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