University Archives

The University Archives houses many special and rare items.  The Archives consist of two special collections the McDowell Collection of Archives and Antiquites and the Creech Collection of Baptist Materials. The University Archives are located on the ground floor of Whitaker Library.  Hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm  Monday through Friday.  Advance appointments are recommended. People using the special collections must fill out the Guest Register for University Archives.

To make inquires about the archives please contact:

Linda Hassell
Associate Director of Library Services
Catalog Librarian
University Archives Librarian

Phone number: 252-398-6586
E-mail: hassel@chowan.edu

University Archives
Whitaker Library
Chowan University
1 University Place
Murfreesboro, NC 27855



Many people have donated items that have been useful and valuable to our researchers.  Donated items are appreciated.  If you have items related to Chowan University, items related to local history, and items related to the Baptist heritage,  please contact the person listed above.

Gifts to the Archives or Special Collections

McDowell Collection of Archives and Antiquities

The purpose of the McDowell Collection of Archives and Antiquites is to collect, organize, make available, and preserve records of rare or fragile materials for research, relating to Chowan University and local history.  Materials may be collected in all formats, and will include any item acquired by the University relating to the purpose of this collection.  Specific items may include:

This collection, dedicated in 1975, is named for the late William Herbert and Emily Biggs McDowell of Scotland Neck, North Carolina.

Below is a sample of archival holdings:

A sub-division of the McDowell Collections is the Whitaker Collection of Presidential Papers.  The purpose of the Whitaker Collection is to collect, house, and make available for research materials pertaining to the presidencies of Chowan University.  This collection was initially funded by Dr. & Mrs. Bruce E. Whitaker.  Dr. Whitaker served as the nineteenth president of Chowan University from 1957-1989.  Mrs. Esther Whitaker served for many years as a faculty member at the University.  Materials may be collected in all formats, and shall include such items as:

Collection of these items is contingent upon their availability from the President’s Office.

Creech Collection of Baptist Materials


The purpose of the Creech Collection of Baptist Materials is to collect, organize, make available, and preserve records of research materials relating to Southern Baptist history, including local and regional associations.  The Creech Collection seeks materials, especially minutes, from the Baptist regions in the area.  It attempts to maintain full runs of the North Carolina and Virginia state Baptist newspapers, as well as Baptist convention annuals from North Carolina, Virginia, and the Southern Baptist Convention.  It attempts to collect church histories.

This collection is named for the late Reverend Oscar Creech of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Baptist pastor in the Roanoke-Chowan area.  He was a member of the Chowan University staff, and a co-author of A History of Chowan College.

Reverend Oscar Creech

Chowan University Archives Access Policies

Chowan University Archives is a department of Whitaker Library at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC. The Director of Library Services and the Associate Director of Library Services/Cataloger are responsible for its operation. We support research of Chowan University students, faculty, staff, alumna, and outside researchers. Please ask if you have questions about the following policies regarding use of materials: