Mary Livemore Library Special Collections: Telling the Unique UNCP Story

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Anne H. Coleman, Assistant Dean for Research Services (Creator)
Susan Whitt, Dean of Library Services (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: On March 7, 1887, the General Assembly of North Carolina enacted legislation that created the Croatan Normal School, founded to train Native American public school teachers. The school opened with 15 students and one teacher. Until 1953, it was the only state-supported, four-year college for Indians in the nation. The General Assembly changed the name of the institution several times, until, on July 1, 1996, it officially became The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In recent years the institution has seen phenomenal growth. We have more than 6,000 students and, according to U.S. News and World Report, we are one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. In 2006, UNCP’s student body was 47% Caucasian, 20% Native American, 25% African American, 2% Asian, 3% Hispanic, and 3% other. The Sampson-Livermore Library is striving to meet the dynamic needs of a rapidly growing university. The challenge has been to serve the needs of our diverse population while maintaining and honoring our unique history. As a historically Native American institution, we have acquired a unique and strong collection of American Indian materials, particularly of Southeastern North Carolina tribes. Collection development objectives have focused particularly on the surrounding Lumbee Tribe. Our special collections area reflects this effort. Examples are the Lumbee River Fund, the Lumbee Collection, and numerous other photographs and other important records of our unique history. Our poster session will demonstrate how we have maintained and continue to develop our unique Native American collection.

Additional Information

NCLA 57th Biennial Conference, 2007
Language: English
Date: 2007
Native Americans, Indians of North America, Lumbee Indians, History, Mary Livermore Library, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

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