Valentine's Day Card

SourcePittman – Coffield Family Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #1135.1.f

Staff Person:  Nanette Hardison

Description: Although greeting cards are normally not considered of great historical value, they can offer insight into the thought processes of people as well as a look at the types of greeting cards that were circulating during a given time period. This cute greeting card for Valentine’s Day is from the Pittman – Coffield Family Papers and although undated, appears to have been published around the 1920s.

Robert H. Wright Christmas Card



Source: Robert H. Wright Papers (University Archives: UA 02.01)

Staff Person: Arthur Carlson


This 1920 card sent by East Carolina President Robert H. Wright features the first President’s Home.  Located at 701 E. Fifth St., the building currently hosts The Career Center. Constructed in 1914, the bungalow style home housed the Wright family until Robert’s death in 1934.  Subsequent school presidents resided in the home until the 1949 purchase of the current Chancellor’s Residence, the former Dail House.  To learn more about East Carolina’s first president, view the Robert H. Wright Papers (UA 02.01) in Joyner Library’s Special Collections.

East Carolina Christmas Card

New Bern, North Carolina, 1908 Post Card

Source: Tabitha Marie DeVisconti Papers #480

Staff Person: Martha Elmore

Description: New Bern was founded in 1710 and is North Carolina’s second oldest town.  This post card, bearing a 1908 postmark, depicts a downtown view of New Bern including Christ Episcopal Church, the Courthouse, Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church, the Post Office and the First Baptist Church.

Women’s 1915 Basketball Team

Source: University Archives, Call Number 55-01-0082

Women's Basketball Team

Women's Basketball Team

Staff Person: Kacy Guill


Between 1909 and 1932, the only organized sports teams at East Carolina Teachers College were women’s teams. Women’s basketball was by far the most popular sport until 1932, when the number of men on campus allowed for the organization of a men’s basketball team. The image of the 1915 women’s basketball team can be found in the University Archives photograph collection, Call Number 55-01-0082.

Christmas Card by William Meade Prince, 1950

Source: Inglis Fletcher Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection 21.17.e

Staff Person: Maury York


The image on this Christmas card was drawn by William Meade Prince (1893-1951), an illustrator and author who lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Prince studied art at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. Prince illustrated articles in such magazines as Collier’s and Saturday Evening Post and later taught art at the University of North Carolina. He wrote and illustrated The Southern Part of Heaven (1950), a book about his youth in Chapel Hill. Prince probably knew best-selling novelist Inglis Fletcher, to whom the card was sent, through their participation in such groups as the North Carolina Writers Conference. The Inglis Fletcher Papers contain a wealth of information about her career and the work of other North Carolina writers.

You may access the finding aid to the Inglis Fletcher Papers at: Manuscript Collection #21

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Christmas Card by William Meade Prince, 1950

Christmas Card by William Meade Prince, 1950