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Marie Stark
University Archivist - James E. Cheek Learning Resource Center, 1st Floor

Location and Access

The Shaw University Archives are located in the James E. Cheek Learning Resources Center.

118 E. South Street - Raleigh, NC 27609  --  919.546.8202

The Archives and Archival Materials are available to the community in a digital capacity only, and restrictions apply to Archives use depending on the case, which may include:

  • restricted access to historical documents
  • digital-only viewing of documents

Digital services from our Archives, including images and PDF files can be sent to your email.

Please note (Summer 2023): Shaw University Archives and Special Collections is currently being renovated. We ask for approximately 6-8 weeks to complete research requests while we work on our renovations. If you have any questions, please contact the University Archivist Marie Stark-Farrow at or 919.546.8202

What's in the Archives?

The mission of the University Archives and Special Collections is to appraise, collect, organize, describe, preserve, and make available records of historical, legal, fiscal, and administrative value to the institution. The Archives also serves research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collection by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community at large. 

Our Archives collection at Shaw University is one full of all of the history of the Mother of HBCUs in the South - and there's a lot to see! With a strong mix of images, documents, yearbooks, and historical items, we hope to help preserve the greatness of Shaw University well into the future.

We currently have many featured collections such as:

  • The Henry Martin Tupper Collection
  • The Charles Francis Merserve Collection
  • The Robert Prentiss Daniel Collection
  • The William Russell Strassner Collection
  • The William Stuart Nelson Collection
  • The Leonard Medical School Collection
  • The Forbes Family Collection

For further assistance, please contact us!
Shaw University Libraries - James E. Cheek Learning Resources Center
118 E. South Street - Raleigh, NC 27609
919-546-8407 -

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