The Archives/Special Collections unit is located in Room 405D on the 4th floor of the Carroll Street building. The holdings are divided into two categories: Special Collections and College Archives.

Special Collections

The Special Collections currently contain rare books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, etc., relating to several subject areas: the African American Experience of the Diaspora; Southern Africa from the 1960s to 1980s; the African and Caribbean heritage. These materials are listed in CUNY+ and can be used in-house only. The holdings are divided into several collections:

  1. African-American Collection
    This collection encompasses a wide variety of academic areas, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. These materials become out of print quickly, or are rare, first editions, autographed copies.
  2. Dorothy Porter Collection of Black American Literature
    The CEIM Library holds an authorised facsimile of the original individual work, produced by microfilm xerography by University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, MI. Books were published as early as 1836 and include biographies, histories, personal narratives, bibliographies, and fiction.
  3. Caribbeana
    The Caribbean Collection was created to address the needs and achievements of the Caribbean segment of the New York population. It contains books, periodicals, and newspaper clippings.
  4. The Southern African Collection
    This is a collection of journals, pamphlets, bulletins, leaflets, books, and papers from the 1960’s to 1987 relating to economic, political, and social issues resulting from apartheid in southern Africa. The collection, of approximately 120 cubic feet, was acquired through the Mission Education and Cultivation Program Department of the United Methodist Church and the Church of the Intercession, both of New York City.
  5. Dr. Cecil Gloster's Medical Collection
    The collection comprises 60 plus books and pamphlets with emphasis on obstetrics and gynaecology.
  6. Dr. Edna Edet’s Memorial Collection
    This is a personal book collection of the late Professor Dr. Edna Edet. The Collection was bequeathed to the CEIM Library. The subject areas covered are mostly musicology, Black history, and literature.
  7. Arthur Thompson’s Musical Collection
    This collection of classical music was received as a remembrance of Mr. Arthur Thompson, a distinguished vocalist. It comprises both books and vinyl records.
  8. National Black Writers Conference
    The National Black Writers Conference established at Medgar Evers College first presented in 1986. In 2003, the Conference was set as an annual national event. The collection contains books by the panelists. The Archives/Special Collections unit also holds the Proceedings of each Conference on audio and video cassettes.
  9. MEC Faculty Publications
    The Faculty Publications Collection consists of commercially published books written by past and present Medgar Evers College faculty and administrators.
  10. The Microform Collection
    These are microfilm copies of materials from the Schomburg Collection for Research on Black Culture, the American Periodicals Series, and the Library of American Civilization.

College Archives

The Institutional Archives is the mandated central depository of the historical records of the Medgar Evers College (MEC). This collection includes documents and other memorabilia that chronicle the cultural, social, and community activities, the history and academic achievements of Medgar Evers College as a senior college of the City University of New York, as well as the public records of the University Chancellor and Board of Trustees, MEC College Council and MEC Community Council.

Reference and research assistance is offered Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To request materials from Archives/Special Collections please fill out the request form found online or at the Reference Desk.

Archives Special/Collections
Medgar Evers College
Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library, Room 405D
1150 Carroll Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Telephone: (718)270-4889
E-Mail: ynovitskaya@mec.cuny.edu