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About Archives

The Winston-Salem State University Archives is the official repository for records documenting the historical, administrative and social legacy of the university.


The Winston-Salem State University Archives primary mission is to identify, collect, preserve and make available: official non-current university records, historical records and objects of enduring value, and personal papers of alumni, faculty and staff that support scholarly research and the curricular strengths of Winston-Salem State University.

The Winston-Salem State University Archives collection will be useful to scholars and researchers in the following areas of study:

  • Normal and industrial education in the South
  • African American higher education (early 20th century)
  • Segregation in higher education
  • Collegiate athletics in the Jim Crow South
  • WSSU Buildings and grounds

The offices, departments and schools that comprise Winston-Salem State University transfer non-current records (materials usually five or more years old) to the archives where they are processed and made available to users.

User Access

Materials in the Winston-Salem State University Archives are non-circulating and available for in-house use by the WSSU campus community and the general public. Researchers coming to the Archives must present a picture identification and register to use materials. No appointment is required to use the archives during regular operating hours; however, due to limited staffing all users are strongly encouraged to make an appointment before coming to the archives.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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