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Archives and Special Collections

Charles W. Chesnutt Library

Fayetteville State University

1200 Murchison Rd

Fayetteville, NC 28301



Andrew Jackson Chesnutt


Andrew Jackson Chesnutt
One of the Founders of the Howard School and Father of Charles Waddell Chesnutt

About Special Collections

Special Collections contains books, journals and other printed materials that relate to the African-American Experience in education, history, socio-economics, politics, the theatre and fine arts. Other subject areas include slavery, the Emanciapation Era, the Civil Rights Movement, biographies and novels. The University purchased most of the collection, while the remainder were donations from private individuals and organizations. Books are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System.These materials can be accessed via FSU's Online Catalog and are part of the "By and About African Americans" collection.

It also serves as a repository for the personal papers of individuals and families with a relationaship to Fayetteville State University such as the Chesnutt Family Papers, James Seabrook Papers and the Rudolph Jones Papers which includes a large collection of scrapbooks. These collections usually contain personal and business correspondence, greeting cards, photographs, unpublished manuscripts, legal and financial documents, scrapbooks, ephmera and artifacts. Most of these collections material relates to the history of Fayetteville State University.

Who May Use the Special Collections?

Special Collections and University Archives is open to faculty, administrators, students, staff and outside researchers. Patrons should review the Special Collections and Archives: Procedures for Using the Collections [PDF] and Conditions of Use Agreement [PDF]) before they visit the department.

Do Materials Circulate?

No. The materials housed in Archives and Special Collections can only be used within the department. Patrons may photocopy and scan items with the consent of the University Archivist. Items may be loaned to other institutions for a stated period of time with the consent of the Director of Library Services and the University Archivist and completion of a loan agreement. 

Listed below are guides to three often used collections: Chesnutt Family, J. Ward Seabrook and Rudolph Jones.

Charles W. Chesnutt

James W. Seabrook Dr. Rudolph Jones

NCEADGuide to the Charles W. Chesnutt Collection in NCEAD, Word, Adobe PDF

Finding Aids

NCEADGuide to the James W. Seabrook Collection in NCEAD, Word, Adobe PDF

NCEAD Guide to the Rudolph Jones Collection in NCEAD, Word, Adobe PDF

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