The Archives/Special Collections unit is located in Suite 0108 of the Bedford Building (Library, Lower Level). 

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:

African-American Diaspora 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.

Arthur Thompson’s Musical Collection
This collection of classical music was received as a remembrance of Mr. Arthur Thompson, a distinguished vocalist. It comprises books and vinyl records.

The Caribbean Research Center Collection
The Caribbean Research Center was established in September, 1985 to address the needs and achievements of the rapidly growing Caribbean segment of the New York State population. The Center conducts its research under the following heads: Social Adjustment,
Economic Development, Health, Education, Political Behavior, Youth and Gender Relations. The collection contains published work from these fields.

Dorothy Porter Collection of Black American Literature
The CEIM Library holds an authorized 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.

Dr. Cecil Gloster's Medical Collection
The collection comprises 60 plus books and pamphlets with emphasis on obstetrics and gynecology.

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.

Esther Cooper Jackson Collection
This collection is a gift from an African-American civil rights activist. It contains more than 1000 books including Black studies, literature, non-fiction, art history, etc.

MEC Faculty Publications
The Faculty Publications Collection consists of commercially published books written by past and present Medgar Evers College faculty and administrators.

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.

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.

College Archives

The repository collects records that chronicle the history and academic achievements of the College and University as well as unpublished materials of historical value generated by remarkable people and organizations.

As soon as an archival collection has been processed, a link to its finding aid is added (see Archival Collections in the right-hand menu). A finding aid provides information about the collection, such as its origin, contents, size, media, and arrangement.

Links to MEC historical videos and selected photographs are provided on this page.

The Archives seeks to make its holdings as widely accessible as possible, and for this sake we are digitizing the most valuable and/or fragile objects and create both physical and electronic exhibits and displays (see Online Exhibits).

Reference and research assistance is offered Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To request materials from Archives/Special Collections, please contact Professor Yelena Novitskaya by email: or telephone: 718-270-4889.

Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library, 

Suite 0108,
1650 Bedford Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11225