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Special and North Carolina Collections: Primary Sources: Manuscript Collections

Primary sources in the library's Rare Books, Manuscripts, University Archives, and North Carolina Collections.

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Use our Collection Guides page to search our finding aids (in-depth descriptions of archive and manuscript collections).


About the East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Our manuscripts department contains letters, diaries, photographs, business records, genealogical notes, reports, speeches, oral histories and other unpublished material. Our collecting strengths include American military and naval history – especially the personal papers of servicemembers – from the 1840s to the present. We also collect material related to other aspects of maritime history, including the records of 19th- and 20th-century shipbuilding firms. In addition, we acquire and preserve the papers of American missionaries, personal papers and business records related to the tobacco industry, and material related to North Carolina history.

Scrapbook page from Betty Bonner Higgins Collection