The Treasure Room is located on the first floor of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library. Housed here is a rich collection of archival-related publications. The collection includes numerous works that were written during the Antebellum Period of American history. Many of the works are of a narrative perspective and are ideal for use as primary sources. Other items in the collection include anti-slavery pamphlets, nineteenth-century newspapers, and first editions of novels written by acclaimed authors such as William Wells Brown, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Phyllis Wheatley, Charles W. Chestnutt, W.E.B. DuBois, and Countee Cullen, just to name a few.
In addition, representative works of many southern writers of the last century are also among the publications that comprise this valuable collection. The Shepard Library was fortunate to have received the valuable contributions of the Martin Collection, the personal library of Dr. Charles D. Martin. These titles donated to the Shepard Library in the first half of the century make up a significant portion of our archival collection.
Because of the archival nature of the collection, items that are shelved in the Treasure Room are not available for loan. Interested persons who hope to examine particular titles of interest should contact the Reference Department, located on the second floor of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library.
For more information, please call 919-530-6473 or send an email to the Research and Instructional Services librarian explaining your intent as it relates to materials located in the Treasure Room.