New acquisitions by the East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Millie-Christine McCoy Photograph #1340

Circa 1900 cabinet photograph of the conjoined twins Millie-Christine McCoy (1851-1912), who were born as African-American slaves in Columbus County, North Carolina.  Photograph was taken by Frank Wendt, Boonton, New Jersey, and is autographed on verso by Millie-Christine.

Stuart Wright Collection: Stuart Wright Papers #1169-039, Addition #5

Stuart Wright manuscript materials, mostly galley pages, some with marginalia. Materials are related to his biography of Andrew Lytle and to the Colonel Heros von Bourcke Journal.  Transferred from Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University.

Disciples of Christ Congo Mission (DCCM) Photograph Album #1341

Photograph album documents missionary life in Bolenge, Congo Free State (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), at the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission in 1935 and 1936.  Photographs also illustrate everyday life among the Congolese natives.

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 from 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 62th wedding anniversary.

Pitt County and North Carolina Political Ephemera Collection #1336

This collection contains political brochures, posters, and mailings (1990s-2018) mainly related to 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.  Discussion 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), one issue of Q-Notes newspaper that 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 Territories. 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.

Nina Whitaker Beavans Collection #1339

Included are family and historical documents such as legal records, maps, family trees, correspondence, clippings, genealogical notes, photographs, and artifacts from or pertaining to Enfield (Halifax County), North Carolina, and the Whitaker, Vinson, Harris, and Beavans families.  Also included are drawings and articles related to The Holme (ancestral home of the Whitakers in England), information about Whitaker’s Chapel, the writings of John W. McGwigan (author of weekly column “Ramblin” in the Enfield Progress), and William H. “Bill” Mann, Jr.’s work on the history of Enfield.  Approximately 7.0 cubic feet.

Roger E. Kammerer, Jr., Collection #870, Addition #5

Included is a 16mm color silent film titled “Greenville on the Screen” filmed in Greenville, North Carolina, in June 1941 by E. V. Atkinson, director and cinematographer for Reelife Motion Pictures of Indianapolis, Indiana.  The film, which needs extensive preservation work, has shots of city officials, city departments, industries, street scenes, churches, civic clubs, and beauty spots and was first shown in Greenville in November 1947 at the State Theater.  This addition also includes 2 carousels of slides documenting Pitt County, NC, taken by Connor Eagles around 1970; the slides in one carousel show tobacco fields and tobacco related shots, and the other carousel of slides documents old houses.

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