New collections at ECU Manuscripts and Rare Books

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Old Pitt County (N.C.) Hospital Collection #1333

Approximately 114 blueprints, architectural renderings, and site maps (1948-1967) related to the Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, North Carolina, covering the period of original construction through 1967 additions.

Caroline Brock Sutton Papers #1325
This collection contains Bible Records (from 1891 Bible) for the Daniel S. (born 1817) and Caroline (born 1823) Brock family and for the Caroline Leary Brock (b. 1895, Kinston, N.C.) and Roger Neal Sutton (born 1893, La Grange, N.C.) family. Also included is the 1913 City High School Commencement program, Kinston, N.C.

Jessamine Shumate Collection #1334

Jessamine Shumate (1902-1990), a native of Henry County, Virginia, was an artist, historian, and cartographer.  She died in Greenville, North Carolina, where her daughters were living.  This collection includes works by her including three historical maps of Guilford County, NC, Henry County, VA, and of Virginia; a broadside Chronology of Henry County History and her book My Memoirs.  Also included are two books written by Jessamine Shumate’s nephew Robert Lee Hadden, Ada Jessamine Shumate (1902-1990): Her Life and Art: A Collection of Her Paintings, Prints and Accomplishments (2011) and The Shamrock and the Fleur De Lys: The Family Histories of the William James Hadden Family and the Whitney Shumate Family (1990).

Robert and Sallie Cotten Collection #1335

Photograph of Sallie Southall Cotten and Robert Randolph Cotten taken inside their house at Cottendale Plantation, Pitt County, North Carolina, on March 14, 1928, their 62nd wedding anniversary.

Pitt County and North Carolina Political Ephemera Collection #1336

This collection contains political brochures, posters, and mailings (1990s-2018) related to mainly Greenville, Pitt County, and North Carolina races although some relate to national elections.  The focus is on Democratic Party candidates but also includes some items related to Republican Party rivals.

Lorraine Hale Robinson Papers #1337

Included are an unpublished manuscript by Sir Ivor Noel Hume with corrections by Lorraine Hale Robinson titled FIRST and LOST:  In Search of America’s First English Settlement.  Discussions in 2008 to have the book published through the East Carolina University Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences fell through at some point, and it remains unpublished.

Rich Elkins Papers #1338

Rich Elkins has been active in the LGBT community in Eastern North Carolina for many years and this collection contains materials related to his involvement.  Included are publications such as NC Pride Guides (1994-2002), Down East Pride Festival programs for Greenville (1995-1998), The Front Page newspaper issues (1996-1998) and one issue of Q-Notes newspaper which covers North and South Carolina, The Front Page Directory for 1998 (a Business Directory for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community), newspaper clippings, a poster, and other documents.  Material related to the founding of B-Glad at East Carolina University has been donated to the ECU University Archives.

William Philip Pipkin Collection #929, Addition 2

This addition includes a ledger containing handwritten copies of official military correspondence kept by Colonel Philip Pipkin of the 1st Regiment West Tennessee Militia in 1814 during the War of 1812. During this time the regiment was at camps in Alabama and Mississippi Territory. Some financial accounts for the 1820s are also in the ledger. Other items in this addition are a 1918 Pictorial Supplement Overseas Edition for The Camp Dodger published by the 88th Division of Camp Dodge, Iowa, and color photographs (and negatives) of the ledger and of a man holding a rifle and a cartridge knapsack.

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