New Acquisitions at the East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Zachary Taylor Koonce III Papers:  Koonce III (1928-2015) of Washington, N.C., was a public-school system educator and administrator for over 20 years, created and restored furniture and antique cars, and wrote poetry and essays about eastern North Carolina. Included in this collection are published and unpublished poems and short stories by Mr. Koonce including publications containing poetry and local history articles, clippings of a local history column he wrote titled “Tying Up” for the Beaufort-Hyde News (1987-1988), the “Narrowneck (N.C.) Letters” (1984), a series of poems titled “The Shadow People,” and the “Gift of Love” poems (1974-1975) not selected to be included in a publication.  Donated by Dr. Peggy Koonce.

Richard H. Owen Collection:  This collection contains correspondence (August 1941-June 1942, undated) between Richard H. Owen and his parents, especially his mother Mrs. M. A. Owen in Miami, Florida, while he was serving aboard the USS Crescent City and stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, Texas. Also included is a notepad containing First Aid lessons and addresses.  Donated by Barbara Orrell-Jones

Francis Speight Papers:  This collection contains correspondence (1965-1975, 2001) between R. Philip Hanes, Jr., Francis Speight, William Hull, Eric C. Hulmer, and C. Barbour Strickland, III, related to North Carolina and Pennsylvania artist Francis Speight’s paintings, especially “Winter Scene.” Donated by William H. Taft, Jr.

Pitt County Schools Historical Records: Contains scrapbooks documenting activities for various schools such as Greenville Middle School (1978-1981) and C.M. Eppes (1992-1993).  Also included are J. H. Rose High School football records (1977) for the "Ramparts," football booster club booklets (1970-1972), official program for Greenville High School (October 1974) and a project manual for Greenville Middle School (June 1976.)

Peter Landers Makuck Papers: This collection contains literary and personal papers of Dr. Peter L. Makuck, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the English Department, where he taught from 1978 to 2006. Included are correspondence, lecture and teaching notes, and drafts of poems and short stories. A large portion of this collection pertains to the publication of Tar River Poetry by the English Department at ECU from its founding in 1978 by Dr. Makuck until 2015. Included are correspondence and all but one of the issues.  10 cubic feet.

African American Masonic Group Photograph: A photograph, ca. 1880-1920, of an African American Masonic group thought to be the King Solomon Lodge of New Bern, North Carolina. Established in 1865, it was the first African American Masonic Lodge in North Carolina.

James K. Proctor III Papers: This donation consists of a certificate appointing James K. Proctor as Postmaster at Greenville, N.C., on May 11, 1944, and a plaque that used to be on the Greenville High School (later the Greenville Junior High School) that stood at the corner of Reade and Fifth Streets until it burned in 1968.  The plaque mentions that the school was built by the Civil Works Administration (1933-1934) and the Emergency Relief Administration of North Carolina (1933-1935). Approximately 0.08 cubic feet.

David A. Spetrino Papers: David Spetrino (1937-2017) was a retired Navy captain who worked with the Office of Naval Intelligence (1972-1977), the Defense Intelligence Agency (1977-1984), and the Central Intelligence Agency (1984-1999). This collection contains Naval personnel files (1971-1999); research papers; tactical manuals; training certificates; military journals, training documents, and publications; correspondence (2000s); DVDs and CDs; and Psychological Operations Campaign materials. Approximately 4.5 cubic feet.

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