Mission Statement

The Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Archives was established in 1971 in order to collect, preserve, describe, display, and encourage use of:

  • The organized body of permanent institutional records created or received in connection with the transaction of University affairs, and
  • Non-institutional records which reflect the diverse history and activities of the University's student body, faculty members, administrators, friends and alumni, and its physical plant.

The ECSU Archives promotes the educational, scholarly, fiscal, and service missions of ECSU in the following ways:

  • Identifying and preserving and making available essential institutional records
  • Supporting teaching and enhancing the curriculum as appropriate via the use of collection materials
  • Facilitating the research of the faculty, students, and other scholars through presentation and use of archival materials in classroom or other instructional settings
  • Facilitating preparation for graduate studies by increasing undergraduate student exposure to primary sources and historical research methods
  • Enhancing levels of University funding through public and private sources