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Department: University Archives, Records and History

  • Andre' D Vann, Coordinator of University Archives
    (919) 530-6254

E-mail for appointments and research inquiries:

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

University Undergraduate Catalog

General information in the catalogs covers topics such as admissions, advising, residency and reciprocity, transfer admission, academic calendars, housing, and student activities, arranged by campus.

University policies in the catalogs outline important information for students such as required credit load, course cancellation or withdrawal, grading policy, holds, and more. For detailed information about any University policies, see the policy website.

Catalogued digital archives are available below as PDFs at beginning with the 2011 academic year. Also, original catalogues are  housed in the NCCU Archives, Records and History Center located  in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library in Room 118. Beginning with 1911 - 1912 catalog. See link to Catalog Information Request Form.

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,

Centennial Unit Histories

Introduction Institutional Advancement Science, Math & Technology
History of NCCU Institutional Centers Shepard Library
Academic Affairs Internal Audit Social Work
Administration and Finance Juvenile Justice Sociology
Alumni Association Law Staff Senate
Alumni Relations Legal Affairs Student Accounting
Art Liberal Arts Student Affairs
Art Museum Library and Information Sciences Student Health & Counseling
Athletics Lyceum Series Student Leadership
Behavioral Science Math and Computer Science Student Support Services
Biology Military Science Theatre
BRITE Music I Undergraduate Admissions
Budget Music II University College
Business Nursing WNCU
Chemistry Orientation Women's Center
Christian Ministry Physical Education  
Criminal Justice Physics APPENDICIES:
Early College HS Political Science A - Timelines
Education Psychology B - Board of Trustee Chairs
English & Mass Communication Public Administration C - Board of Trustees
Environ., Earth&Geospatial Scie. Public Health D - Presidents & Chancellors
Facilities Services Public Safety E - Honorary Degrees
Faculty Senate Registrar F - Commencement Speakers
Graduate Edu. and Research Residential Life I G - Convocation Speakers
History Residential Life II H - Founder’s Day Speakers
Honors Retired Personnel I - SGA Presidents
Human Resources Scholarships & Student Aid J - Campus Queens & Mr. NCCU
Human Sciences Science and Technology K - Facilities Construction

NCCU Remembers Section

Dr. LeRoy T. Walker, Sr.

Chancellor Julius L. Chambers

Dr. John Hope Franklin

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

Publication Policies

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.

Contact Information

Andre' D Vann, Coordinator of University Archives 

Phone: 919-530-6254

Fax: 919-530-7612

Directions and Map

Mailing Address:

North Carolina Central University

James E. Shepard Memorial Library

Rm. 120, University Archives and Records

Durham, North Carolina 27707

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