Robert Morgan Papers open to researchers

Contributed by Sarah McLusky

J. Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University is pleased to announce the completion of its yearlong Robert Morgan Papers Processing Project and the opening of the Robert Morgan Papers (#268) to researchers.  The collection documents the life and times of North Carolina attorney, clerk of courts, legislator, State Attorney General, State Bureau of Investigation Director, and US Senator, Robert Burren Morgan (1925 -2016), of Lillington, North Carolina.  The Robert Morgan Papers, consisting of 1,075 archival boxes and 39 oversized archival folders and containing more than 540 cubic feet of manuscript and other materials, is the largest in the repository.

Robert Morgan papersSenator Morgan and his wife, Katie, were both ECU graduates and lifelong supporters of the University.  The Library is grateful for their many generous contributions to the University.  The Library also extends its thanks to the Morgan family and to Senator Morgan’s many friends, colleagues, former aides, and supporters who made this project possible.  Responsible for the mammoth task were Project Director Jonathan Dembo and Project Archivist Sherry L. Cortes, together with a small group of graduate students and volunteers.

The online collection guide and container list may be browsed or searched through the J. Y. Joyner Library webpage at

The complete Senator Robert Burren Morgan digital collection may be browsed or searched at

An exhibit of Morgan’s life and career, based on the Morgan Papers, will be on display in Joyner’s fourth floor search room through November 2018.  A blog post provides illustrations of the exhibit and opening event and also describes the student research award that Joyner Library has established in Robert Morgan’s name.

Please direct any questions or comments to:

Jonathan Dembo, Ph.D., Professor & Special Collections Curator

(252) 328-2661

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