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Selected Bibliography on Fayetteville State University


Huddle, Mark Anthony. "To Educate a Race: the Making of the First State Colored Normal School, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1865-1877." North Carolina Historical Review 74, no. 2 (April 1997): 135-60.

Thigpen, Nettie H. "From the Howard School to Fayetteville State College: The Early Years, 1930-1967." Housed in the University Archives and Special Collections, Charles W. Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University. Fayetteville, NC.

Miller, Bertha H. "From Grammar School to a State Teachers College: Fayetteville State University 1956-1967." Paper presented at the Cumberland County Historical Society Meeting, Fayetteville, North Carolina, June 19, 2006.

Miller, Bertha H. "History of Fayetteville State University, 1867-2003." Housed in the University Archives and Special Collections, Charles W. Chesnutt Library, Fayetteville State University. Fayetteville, NC.

West, Earle H. "The Harris Brothers: Black Northern Teachers in the Reconstruction South." The Journal of Negro Education 48, no. 2 (Spring 1979): 126-138.  


Chesnutt, Helen M. Charles Waddell Chesnutt: Pioneer of the Color Line. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1952.

Jones, Mildred P. History of Fayetteville State College. 1st ed. Fayetteville, N.C.: Fayetteville State College Press, 1969.

Lefler, Hugh T. North Carolina History Told by Contemporaries. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1934.

Logan. Frenise. The Negro in North Carolina 1976-1894. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1964.

Newbold, N. C. Five North Carolina Negro Educators. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1939.

Noble, M. C. S. A History of the Public Schools of North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1930. 

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Biennial Report of the North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Raleigh, N.C.: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Available copies at Charles W. Chesnutt Library include the years of 1894-1896, 1902-1914, 1920-1926, 1931-1936, and 1946-1950

Oates, John A. The Story of Fayetteville and the Upper Cape Fear. Charlotte, N.C.: Dowd Press, Inc., 1950. Parker, Roy, Jr. Cumberland County: A Brief History. Raleigh, N.C.: North Carolina Office of Archives and History, 1990.

Render, Sylvia L. Charles W. Chesnutt. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1980.

Smith, Emily Farrington. Fayetteville, North Carolina: An All-American History. Charleston, S.C.: The History Press, 2011.

Weeks, Parker, Reginald Barton, Josephine Deem, and Allene Moffitt. Fayetteville, North Carolina: A Pictorial History. Norfolk, V.A.: Donning Company, 1984.

Whitted, Fred. Fayetteville, North Carolina. Charleston, N.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.

Whitted, Fred. Fayetteville Profiled in Black: The History of Blacks in Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Fayetteville, N.C.: Black Heritage Review, 2010.   

Dissertations and Theses:

Boggs, Wade Hamilton. "State-Supported Higher Education for Blacks in North Carolina, 1877-1945." PhD diss., Duke University, 1972.

Gibson, Gertha Smith. "James Ward Seabrook: An Educational Leader in the Black Community." PhD thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987.

Jones, Mildred Parker. "An Analysis and Evaluation of Library Facilities and Services at Fayetteville State Teachers College."  MA thesis, Catholic University of America, 1955.

Murphy, Ella Louise. "Origin and Development of Fayetteville State Teachers College, 1867-1959: A Chapter in the History of the Education of Negroes in North Carolina." PhD diss., New York University, 1960.

Warlick, Kenneth Ray. "Practical Education and the Negro College in North Carolina, 1880-1930." PhD diss., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980.  

University Publications:

Fayetteville State University Catalogs, 1902-current

Founders Day Programs

Board of Managers State Colored Normal School Minutes, 1899-1907  

Local Resources:

The websites listed below provide access to other organizations that have information relating to Fayetteville State University.  

 Cumberland County, North Carolina

Register of Deeds

Available in digital format. The deeds of the Cumberland County are important documents that detail information about business and land owners around Fayetteville, North Carolina.  

 Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center

Headquarters Library- Local and State History, 2nd floor

Visit the Headquarters branch downtown to view vertical files, newspaper clippings, microfilm, city directories, and various books about Fayetteville State University, the city of Fayetteville, and North Carolina.

 Fayetteville Observer

Newsroom Library

Local newspaper covering news in surrounding area.  


Fayetteville State University

An online encyclopedia article about Fayetteville State University.  

 North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill

Sanborn Insurance Company Maps for North Carolina

Digital and print copies available. The Sanborn maps provide a glance of the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina in the 19th and 20st centuries. 

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