In addition to its regular holdings, the North Carolina Central University School of Law Library has several special collections.
The John D. Fassett Collection
The John D. Fassett Collection was established in 2012 by former United States Supreme Court Clerk John D. (Jack) Fassett. Mr. Fassett graduated from Yale Law School at the top of his class in 1953. Chosen by Supreme Court Justice Stanley Reed to serve as one of his two clerks, he was deeply involved in the workings of the Court during the 1953-1954 term when the groundbreaking school desegregation decisions were handed down. The John D. Fassett Collection is a comprehensive collection of writings by and about Supreme Court Justices and the workings of the court. It has over 950 volumes that range in publication date from 1852 to the present. Mr. Fassett, as a result of his experience at the court, started collecting the volumes in the 1950’s and continued to collect, both new and used volumes, through 2011, when he donated the collection to NCCU School of Law. In addition to the collection, Mr. Fassett also donated memorabilia from his term on the court and items related to Brown v. Board of Education. Some of this memorabilia along with a video presentation about the collection are on display in the breezeway on the first floor of the law school.
The Fassett Collection is located in the north-east corner on the second floor of the library.
The Greenberg Collection
The Jack Greenberg Collection was established in 2012 by former NAACP Legal Defense and Education Assistant Counsel Jack Greenberg. Mr. Greenberg received his A.B. and J.D./LL.B. from Columbia. As Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Mr. Greenberg assisted Thurgood Marshall in leading education and demonstration cases before succeeding Mr. Marshall as Director-Counsel in 1984. After his tenure as Director-Counsel, Mr. Greenberg, served as Dean and Vice Dean at Columbia College and founded the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund. The Jack Greenberg Collection consists of briefs and supporting documents for cases in the United States Supreme Court and other lower courts related to landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education.
This collection consists of court documents, briefs, U.S. legislative and government documents, and various association documents from between the years 1940 – 1990. Many of these documents are fragile and require special handing to view. In order to protect the documents of this collection, no photocopying of the materials is allowed.
For a detailed list of the contents of the Greenberg Collection, click here. Court document boxes 1 – 5 are appellate level briefs, memoranda, and other court materials from cases occuring between the late 1940s to the 1980s. The list includes information such as date, party names, type of document, and the name of the attorney (or attorneys involved). Government document and association boxes A – C contain information on important legislative, agency, and association documents from the 1950s – to the 1980s. This list includes information such as date, title of the document, and the name of the agency or association that published the document.
This collection is non-circulating and requires pre-authorization for access. Contact the Access Services Manager at 919.530.6608 for more information on accessing this collection.
The McKissick Collection
The McKissick Collection was established in honor of alumnus and civil rights leader, Floyd B. McKissick, Sr. Although Mr. McKissick, with the backing of Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP, filed a suit to gain admittance to UNC’s law school, Mr. McKissick enrolled in North Carolina College’s law school (now North Carolina Central University School of Law) while waiting for his suit to move through the courts. During Mr. McKissick’s final year of law school at NCC, he was finally admitted to UNC-Chapel Hill; however he had technically completed his law degree at NCC. He was awarded a law degree from UNC’s law school in 1951 and was the first African-American to receive a Doctor of Laws degree from UNC School of Law. After completing law school, Mr. McKissick advocated for civil rights locally and nationally through his law practice. He later worked as the National Director of the Congress of Racial Equality and was the founder of Soul City, NC, a planned community where Mr. McKissick envisioned all could live in harmony. The titles in this collection have a topical orientation toward civil rights issues. Specific areas of focus include: desegregation in higher education; housing discrimination; and discrimination based upon race.
The McKissick Collection is located on the second floor of the library.
The NAACP Papers
The Papers of the NAACP is an expansive microfilm collection covering meeting minutes, correspondence, campaigns, general office files, legal department files, committee papers and many other documents relating to the NAACP. The extensive files from the national office date from 1909 to 1972. The documents chronicle crucial events of the civil rights movement including the Freedom Rides, the Sit-In Campaigns, the March on Washington, and the rise of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Papers of the NAACP also include detailed records from local NAACP branches. These branch files provide extensive documentation on the local networks of civil rights activists who worked with the NAACP at the grass-roots level.
The Papers of the NAACP microfilm collection is located in the microform room. To access the microform room, please see a member of the circulation staff. The Papers of the NAACP have also been digitized and are available online through ProQuest’s History Vault. Off-campus access to ProQuest requires the use of Web VPN. For more information on using ProQuest to access this collection, please contact a reference librarian.