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, local history, or Baptist heritage, please contact Ms. Linda Hassell at 252-398-6586.
The purpose of the McDowell Collection of Archives and Antiquities 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.
The McDowell Collection may be searched through the Whitaker Library online catalog.
To use the McDowell Collection please contact Ms. Linda Hassell to make an appointment.
E-Mail - HasseL@chowan.edu
Phone - 252-398-6586
Appointments to use the McDowell Collection can be made:
Monday- Friday: 9:00AM- 4:00PM**
**Exceptions during the holidays and between sessions are posted on the library's door.**