University Archives collects and preserves records of permanent value that document the University’s history. These records cover the entire history of ECU. The Records Schedule provides guidance as to what series of records should be retained permanently and which should be transferred to the University Archives. In general, this is a very small portion of the records created in your office. University Archives collects materials in both physical and digital formats.
Examples of institutional records that are preserved by University Archives:
To transfer materials to University Archives, please submit a request to https://lib.ecu.edu/archives or contact University Archivist Alston Cobourn. We are also happy to answer questions.
Once permanent records are transferred to the University Archives, we do a quick review of the transfer to check that everything you intended to transfer is present and in the order described in the transfer form. If there are additional materials present, or if we have questions about some of the materials, we will contact you for more information.
We then begin the process of making these records available for researchers:
Once the records are described, researchers can view the collection guide online, request materials, and use them in a reading room in Joyner Library.
You may have records in your office that should be transferred to the University Archives for historical purposes. You will need to do some review to prepare records for transfer. The following steps prepare you to work with us on transferring records to Joyner Library:
University Archives is the final, central repository for East Carolina University records of permanent historical value, including documents created by ECU’s administration, offices, colleges, departments, student groups and faculty members as well as items from alumni about their time as students. The records held in University Archives span the period from the chartering of the University in 1907 to the present. These materials are open to the public for research use.
Learn more on the University History and Records website.