Source: University Archives, Call #AA0100/16/1/J39
Staff Person: L.K. Gypsye Legge
This is an image of a little volume titled Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics. This small book may be of interest to researchers from various disciplines, but it has become part of the University Archives for its intrinsic value. The bookplate for this item, pictured below, indicates that at one time it was volume J39 of the East Carolina Teachers Training School Library.
It seems likely that this was the 39th volume added to the Juvenile collection. The Building History of J. Y. Joyner Library tells us, “From the beginning of East Carolina Teachers Training School, the library was located in the original Austin Building….” [http://media.lib.ecu.edu/archives/bldg_history.cfm?id=66, accessed 3 July 2008] The school did not have an appointed librarian until 1923, [http://web.lib.ecu.edu/images/fa/faaa0100.html, accessed 3 July 2008] and documents suggest that Robert Wright originally handled many of those duties, as the book collection was housed next to his office.
Therefore, this volume has value beyond the information it contains. It represents a part of the knowledge ECTTS strove to give its students, to enrich the lives of their future pupils. The University Archives seeks to collect as many of the earliest books as may still be present in J. Y. Joyner Library. If a book with one of these plates is located, please contact the University Archives.
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