Library Collections

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.  In addition to these legal documents, the collection contains publications, journals and pamphlets related to the struggles of the Civil Rights era, particularly school desegregation.

Use of this special collection requires pre-authorization.  Contact the reference desk at

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 housed in the microform room. To access the microform room, please see a member of the circulation staff.